The Hogan Family Foundation purchased 22 acres in Hidden Valley, California in 2004 and began the journey to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in the community. The ranch was named Rancho St. Francis after St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, and the founder of the Franciscan order. The program’s goal is to make a difference in the lives of these children by providing a horsemanship program that helps to develop special skills, build their confidence and teach them discipline, responsibility, and compassion for animals.
Today, Rancho St. Francis, Hidden Valley currently features the very successful St. Francis Ranger program and the Casa Pacific Equestrian Education Program, where children learn to ride and care for horses. The children’s riding abilities have earned many of them recognition in shows and competitions throughout the Southern California area.
The Foundation purchased a second ranch in 2007, located in Camarillo, California. Here, the focus is on the rehabilitation and care of horses that have been injured, abused or neglected. The Camarillo location is also home to older horses that can no longer be ridden. These retired horses have a place where they can live out the rest of their days in a safe and serene environment.
Rancho St. Francis