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O.K. Corral Series Coming to Marshalltown

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We are getting more and more excited as our time for this event draws near. Are you a mental health professional who wants to add a uniqueness to your practice? Are you a horse lover with a passion for helping others?

Join us for this three day seminar. The O.K. Corral Series educates, promotes, and supports professionals in the practice of authentic equine-assisted work. Authentic equine-assisted work honors and integrates natural horse and herd behavior as a model for human mental and emotional health using the equine-assisted philosophies developed by Greg Kersten, Founder of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

 Click here to register for this seminar. 

Looking for a place to stay while you attend this seminar? BARGAIN ALERT: We have rooms at the Wolfe Ranch of Quakerdale that sleep up to three people to a room or private rooms. These rooms are only $50 a night – Includes all meals! Contact us for information 641-752-3912.




School’s out–Now what?

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Are your kids bored at home already this summer?  Check out our line-up for summer camps–it’s not to late to register!  They’ll have a blast!




10-11 Two Day Camp: “Horsing Around 101: Understanding Horses Better camp will
focus on history of horses, grooming, and caring for horses. Geared for Grades K-6, $100 (for
both days includes lunch each day) Camps are from 9-4:3012th Grooming 101 9-10:30 A.M., Geared for 3rd-8th graders.$5 per youth

17th Story Time At The Stables ($5 per child) 9-10:30
20-21 Two Day Camp (Wildlife Adventures) : Learning about Iowa’s wildlife (K-6th) $100
for both days includes lunch each day) Camps are from 9-4:30

July 12th One Day Camp Grooming 101 9-4:30 Geared for 3rd -8th Graders $50 (includes
lunch) Camps are from 9-4:30.
27 Visit The Ranch for OK Corral Training (Come watch an EAL Horse Therapy Session)

29 -31, 2019 Equine Care and Careers; 8:30 am to 12 pm; Through Kids to College
Program in conjunction with (Iowa Valley Continuing Ed.) Register on-line via Iowa Valley at
Equine Care/Exploring Careers in the Equine World (July) Wolfe Ranch Staff
Learn about caring for and grooming horses, equine health care, and exploring different careers
in the equine field. Class will be working with horses at the Wolfe Ranch. Participants must wear
closed toe shoes (no flip flops or sandals allowed). Additional equine waiver must be completed
by parent or guardian. Grades 3 – 8

1-2 Two Day Camp A Day In The Life of A Knight–Geared for K-6th Learn About the Code
of the Knight, and Try on Real Knight’s Armor; enjoy Knight Activities, and Crafts ($100 includes
lunch both days) Camps are from 9-4:30). Must Pre-register

Monday, August 5th “Princess Tea”; 9-11 am Kids–Bring Your Favorite Grown-Up, Wear
your favorite princess dress and come have tea/refreshments at the ranch). Listen to Stories
about Princesses, Make Crafts, and Have your picture made with our favorite unicorn (pictures
are included). $25 per child; must pre-register.

19- Riding lesson #3 Sign Up 5-7 pm

21 K-6th Pretty Pony Camp for Girls, Come paint a real horse/pony, make crafts, and have a blast!
9:15-2 pm; $45.00;

28th Watch for our float in the Oktemberfest Parade

5th Cowboy Camp Boys K-6th , 9:15-2 pm; $45 Come be a cowboy for the day at the ranch; enjoy
working with ponies, play cowboy games, practice lassoing, and much more!

19th Harvest Party (Come Enjoy Wagon Rides, Games, and Have a Great Time as a Family or
Group at The Ranch. Also Enjoy our Chili Cook Off. More Details to be announced.

November: Events To Be Determined

Save the Dates!  December 13-14 Christmas At The Stables




** We may be adding more events in the future, watch our facebook page and website for more

Highlights from our Dinner Party

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It’s A Dinner Party!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our dinner party this evening!  It was a great time of fellowship,  and the roast chicken  by Cowboy Dave was terrific! Enjoy the pictures below, and if you missed out on this event, let us know us if you would like to attend the next one! Also check out our webpage for upcoming events and youth camps this summer!  Have a wonderful weekend!                                                   Cowboy Dave, Melissa, and Beth




2019 Event Calendar

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Have you ever wanted to  attend Story Time In A Barn, Take Horse Riding Lessons (All Ages), Attend a Princess Tea/Unicorn Party,  Explore Iowa Wildlife, Learn About Knights, Learn How to Groom a Horse, Learn About Equine Careers, “Paint” a pony, or Be a “Real” Cowboy”?  If you  know of youth interested in some of these classes, check out this link  Wolfe Ranch 2019 Calendar of Events.

Did you know that you can surprise someone with a gift certificate to attend a camp here at the ranch or buy a gift certificate for horse riding lessons. The certificates make great presents!   You can also make a reservation for a birthday party, graduation party, or other upcoming events!  Call 641-752-3912 or message us through FB to make a reservation.  You can also now pay on-line!

2018 Reflections

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Greetings from the Wolfe Ranch!  As we are writing this blog, Iowa  currently has a blustery windchill of -53 degrees on this chilly January day ….brr.  Here at the Wolfe Ranch, we are busy planning for (and dreaming of ) warmer days, and we are excited to share the 2019 calendar with many NEW events SOON!  In the meantime, here’s a chronological look what we accomplished in 2018.

In April 2018, there were some key ranch staffing changes as David  (“Cowboy Dave”) was hired as the new onsite Ranch Manager, and Melissa came on staff to help with office management, and marketing/programming.

In June, summer horse riding lessons were added, and a new program “Story Time At The Stables” was held for children with story time in the barn, songs, crafts, meeting “Cowboy Dave”, and petting horses/ponies. 

“Grooming 101” was held for school aged youth and taught the basics of horse grooming and safety. We had over 60 youth attend these three camps in June. We also successfully hosted our first ranch themed birthday party!

 In July, the ranch ended up playing a very unexpected role in helping the Marshalltown community with tornado disaster relief. Through word of mouth and media, we were able to reach out to the community to provide meals here at the ranch (the meals were prepared/donated by various restaurants), and provided a place for people to shower, do laundry, or stay if needed. Many families and a Disaster Relief Team ended up physically staying here and maxed out the ranches sleeping capacity over a period of three weeks. Those who visited and stayed here, could not believe what beautiful accommodations they had been blessed with, and were thankful for our hospitality.

In August, the ranch staff donated 6 riding lessons and two camp admissions to a Marshalltown Strong Community Fundraiser Event, and 100% of this events funding went to MICA for families in need. The ranch staff also met with the Marshalltown Library Children’s Director, and donated two children’s camps for an upcoming drawing.Finally, the ranch donated 6 free riding lessons to those who registered at the Family Services/Wolfe Ranch/Hope4Healing Booth at a Carnival in the Park Event in Newton, Iowa. The riding lesson winner was drawn via FaceBook Live in our barn.    

Fall at the ranch went by quickly as we were busy making hay, repairing fences, marketing, and hosting booths at community events. Dave continued to teach Fall horse riding lessons, and we began boarding horses at the ranch.  The ranch hosted a new volunteers meeting and we were thankful that several new volunteers came on board to help out with projects and camps.

In September and October, the ranch hosted My Pretty Pony Camp, and Cowboy Camp.  The camps were a huge success and a lot of fun for the staff, volunteers, and the campers.  We received positive feedback from the campers and families as to how much the young people loved coming out here, and at the end of the day, many of the kids didn’t want to leave. Another favorite Fall activity was the Marshalltown Oktemberfest parade, in which the ranch float was pulled by a team of four Clydesdales owned by one of our board members, Steve Fevold.  It was a great time for all!

In November, the ranch launched our Caring for Our Horses campaign to help rebuild our front fence along the Highway.  If you are interested in learning more about this campaign click here.

Our end of the year finale, Christmas in the Stables, was held at the Wolfe Ranch December 14-15, 2018. The event was a tremendous success, and was well attended!  The 50 degree Iowa December weather was incredible, and even our 4-legged friends enjoyed getting dressed up for the occasion.   

Our barns were beautifully decorated by area businesses and organizations that competed in a stall decorating contest.  Canned goods were collected for our local Salvation Army’s food pantry, and inside the ranch house was beautiful holiday decor, Christmas lights, music, and Santa.  Vendors helped holiday shoppers finish last minute shopping. Finally, two non-profits, NEI3A and Hope4Healing, procured and decorated our ranch bedrooms with Christmas trees of all sizes and decorations for those who had lost their decorations during the Marshalltown tornado and flooding afterwards. It was rewarding to see the smiling faces and tears when the trees and decorations were given out to those in need.   

As we gear up for 2019, the ranch staff is putting together many new programs for youth including a new line-up of summer day camps for children and new programming for our Veterans. Don’t miss out, follow the Wolfe Ranch on facebook, or go to our website at https://www.wolferanchquakerdale.org/  for more information about future events! We look forward to serving you in 2019!

Christmas In The Stables –A Wonderful Time for All!

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On December 14-15, 2018, the Wolfe Ranch hosted Christmas in the Stables. The event was a tremendous success, and the 50 degree December weather was incredible!   Even our 4-Legged friends enjoyed getting dressed up for the occasion!

Stall Decorating Contest

Our barn stalls were beautifully decorated by Great Western Bank, Hometown Veterinarian, Salvation Army, Classical Conversations, and Quakerdale Family Services.  During the event, our guests participated in our stall voting contest and the proceeds earned from this fundraiser will help care for our horses in 2019. Thank you to everyone for who particpated in this contest, each stall was beautifully decorated, and many visitors had a tough time deciding which stall to vote for! Congratulations to this year’s winner, Great Western Bank of Marshalltown, with their creative “candy land theme stall” (See the photo to the right).   Also, thank you to those who brought canned goods to our barn to help fill the newly remodeled  Salvation Army pantry that was damaged during the July 2018 tornado. 

Inside the ranch house itself, …holiday decor, Santa, Christmas lights, music, and vendors helped  holiday shoppers keep the mood festive and finish last minute shopping.  We extend a very special thank you  to our vendors:  Barefoot Books, Simply Good Skin Care, Tupperware, Chuck Friend Photography and Belt Buckles, Scentsy, & Hope4Healing.


Hope4Healing and NEI3A….Helping Those In Need

As a special treat, many of the ranch bedrooms were decorated by Hope4Healing and NEIA3A.  These two non-profits were able to procure donations of  beautiful artificial trees of all shapes and sizes and an abundance of Christmas decorations.  After the Christmas In The Stables event, the trees and decorations were given out and delivered to those who lost their decorations in the Marshalltown tornado or the flooding afterwards.  The Wolfe Ranch Staff would like to thank  H4H and NEI3A for the hard work that they put into this project.  It was rewarding to see the smiling faces and tears when the trees and decorations were given out to those in need.     The Wolfe Ranch is thankful to have been a small part in this relief effort, and are blessed to have had this opportunity to give back to our community.  It is our hope that many of those impacted by the tornado were able to take some time as a family, and come out to Christmas At The Stables and simply relax and enjoy their visit here.

2019….Sneak Peak

Our staff is working to finalize our 2019 activity calendar.  Stay tuned for some very exciting announcements in the next few weeks.  Please make sure to check out our website at www.wolferanchquakerdale.org Like and follow the Wolfe Ranch on Facebook so you don’t miss out on some very exciting activities!

Here’s your first sneak peak….Go ahead….Save the date….

Christmas In The Stables 2019

  December 13-14, 2019!

Here’s a sneak peak of our Vendor’s

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It’s hard to believe that next Friday (December 14th from 2-8 pm) and Saturday December 15th from 10am to 4 pm),  it will be time for our Christmas In The Stables Event!  While you are here at the ranch enjoying the animals, lights, and beautiful Christmas decor, stop into the ranch house to visit our vendor’s!  Also, our special visitor, Santa, will be here from 6-8 pm on Friday and 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday!

…………………………………Here’s a sneak peak…………………………………

Simply Good Skin Care by Erica Lyon


Barefoot Books by Andrea Nelson 


Chuck Friend Photography and Belt Buckles


Tupperware with Jeanne Hanson


Scentsy by Denise Thompson


Hope4Healing  Bake Sale to support their Ministry

www.hope4healingquakerdale.net or 1855-584-HOPE (4673)


Christmas In The Stables

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Welcome to Christmas In The Stables!

We hope you will join us.  Please call the ranch with any questions at 641-752-6446.  Details are below!

 Friday, December 14, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.  – Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for a great time of family fun at our Christmas in the Stables event! Come out and take a tour of the ranch, find out what we do, and meet our animals, enjoy the holiday decor, and vote in our stall decorating competition (free will donations to vote for the best stall – all donations will go towards the care of our horses).  Vendors will be there to help out any last minute Christmas shoppers, and music will keep the mood festive.  Meet Santa and have your picture made by Chuck Friend Photography 6 to 8 pm on Friday or 2 to 4 pm on Saturday. Sitting fees are $5.00 that will be paid to the ranch, and then you can order individual photos directly from chuck’s website for an additional fee  (see details/prices below).
Please bring canned goods to fill the remodeled pantry at the Salvation Army.  Their pantry was damaged this past summer from the tornado and will be reopening up in 2019.  Let’s fill it up with canned goods!
Hope4Healing and NEIA3A arelooking for gently used artificial trees to give to those who lost their decorations in the tornado also.  Please give Hope4Healing a call at 1855-584-4673 if you would like to donate a tree or funds for a tree.  The trees and decorations will be on display at the Christmas in the Stables event and then given to families afterwards.  We hope to see you there!

Barefoot Books, Simply Good Skin Care, Tupperware, Chuck Friend Photography and Belt Buckles, Scentsy, Hope4Healing

Businesses/Organizations decorating a stall:
Quakerdale Family Services, The Hometown Veterinarian,
Salvation Army (will also be collecting non-perishables for their food pantry, Sal’s Cupboard), Great Western Bank, Classical Conversations

**Photography information**

Have your picture taken with Santa from 6-8 pm on 12/14 and from 2-4 pm on 12/15 – $5 sitting fee will go to the Ranch.
After your photograph, you will be able to go online to Chuck Friend Photography at Eventproofs.com, and order the pictures in the sizes that you want for an additional fee.  Prices : 3.5X5 = $2.00 ; 4X6= $3.00 ; 5X7= $3.50 ; 8X10= $6,00 and 11X14= $10. Other sizes available – talk to Chuck at the event.  Also any photo can be made into or on a variety of items that he will have available to be seen at his vendor table. Please send payment for what you order to Chuck Friend at Box 103 in Conrad.  Photos should be back and to you by Christmas if you order by Dec 20.

The Hidden Jewel of Marshalltown

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Wolfe Ranch—The Hidden Jewel of Marshalltown

“I’ve driven by the ranch for years, and always wondered what you do here. My curiosity has gotten the better of me and I thought that I’d stop in”, said a truck driver who recently stopped in for a quick chat and tour of the Wolfe Ranch.  After the tour, the truck driver said, “wow this place is the hidden jewel of Marshalltown, I’ll definitely be back my family would love to visit!This place is amazing, and I’m so glad that I stopped by!”

Chances are you may have been wondering this same question ….what kind of programming goes on at the Wolfe Ranch?  Watch our video to  answer these questions and more!  Please share and don’t forget to follow our facebook page for the latest information about new programming!



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