My Ministry

Son Valley Youth Ranch features horsemanship and day camp with the goal of bringing children and horses together to bond, heal and grow through the love of Jesus Christ. We want children, teens and adults who come here to find love and peace from a harsh world. Our priority is to help those who are at risk or less fortunate.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2014 Opening and Concert Event

Concert to support Youth in our Tri-State area

Four local bands have come together to put on a fund raising concert to help support S.V.Y.R programs and ranch development for the local youth that visit the ranch. Music for a Sunday afternoon will feature The Tinder’s, The Wagner Family, E-Free Praise Band, and Steve and Mary Jo Schlatter. The concert will take place on Sunday March 23rd at 2:00-4:30p.m at the Grand Theatre in Keokuk, IA.

This concert will provide an opportunity for our community to enjoy an afternoon of Gospel and Country music while helping to support our local areas youth that are at risk or less fortunate.  No admission, love offerings accepted.
To learn more about the concert at the Grand Theatre please contact Tommy Tinder at 319-524-1842.

2014 Opening

March 20th is our first day this our rough schedule until June.

Mondays; 4-7pm One/One Sessions
Tuesday; 4-6 G.A.T.E.S group outreach ages 8-11
Wednesday; 2:30-5:30 One/One Sessions
Thursday; 3-7  Events/Special Activities
Friday; 4-6:30 G.A.T.E.S group girls 11-18
Saturday; 9-1 Lessons; 3-7 Events/Special Activites

Sign-up Today! Group Horse Riding Lessons: 3-6 students; Ages 7 up to 99; 1 ½ hour sessions $60/ 4 consecutive sessions; starts March 22nd – April 12th; Saturdays 10:00-11:30a.m.

Volunteers needed for Mentoring, Horsemanship, Office, Property Maintenance, Fundraising and many Day Camp opportunities. Weekly, Monthly, or just a few days in the summer.  Many times people come to volunteer expecting to be a blessing and they leave saying they felt they received more than they gave. We welcome young volunteers (15+)who wish to develop leadership skills.

Sponsors needed for One/One children, day campers and horses. Donations towards ranch development and wish list items.

For information on Son Valley Youth Ranch go to or contact Mandy Humphry at 319-795-3714.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Havest Hoedown Annual Fundraiser

We invite you to join us at our Harvest Hoedown Event is on Sunday October 13th from Noon-5:00pm.

12:00-3:00 (Free will Donation) Lunch smoked pulled pork or turkey, baked beans, potato salad, dessert and drink.
12:00-1:30 Harvest Time Gospel Band
1:00 Worship Service message by Pastor Adams                                     followed by a children’s performance.
2:00 Horse Carrot Race Contest Bid on which horse will get the carrot first (starting bid $25)
 2:30  Horse Fun Show by our horses and riders
3:00-5:00 Horse Cart Rides; $1/person Starts at gate by the driveway
3:00 Keosippi Kickers- line dancing in the barn.
3:30-5:00 The Tinder’s Band on stage
4:00 Hay Tossing Tournament- sign-up $2 entry fee, field near the pond
All Day: Games; treasure hunt, shoot’em cans, melon race, sack race, face                painting, lasso, corn hole, hopscotch, flag football, barrel train rides and sidewinder jump.
All Day: Trail Hike; 1 mile hike in the woods take about 45min., see map.
Directions: Winchester, MO; From Hwy 61, turn on H go 1.7 miles, in Winchester take first left on gravel road, straight ¾ mile, SVYR sign take left driveway.

Contact: Mandy Humphry 319-795-3714   
More information on SVYR:
Mailing Address: RR1 Box 48B, Canton IL 63435

Friday, May 17, 2013

Summer CAMPS

Happy campers during Day Camp last year! Don't miss out! Be sure to get your child registered for a week of camp!  Day Camp 2013, June 10th-14th 9:00-4:00, Boys & Girls - Ages 8-14

*NEW* Horsemanship Camp for Girls
June 17-22 Monday - Wednesday 9:00am – 4:00pm, Thursday 9:00am overnight until Friday 12:00pm

This camp is for girls ages 12 through 17 and is limited to six girls that will be paired with our six horses. They must be advancing riders (comfortable trotting) and are ready for more advanced ring and trail work.
Camp Cost is $150, which includes all activities, horseback riding, lunch and a snack each day.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Wendy's Fundraiser!

We were accepted by Wendy's "Give Something Back, Community Night" as a community program they want to support. They will give us 15% of the profit brought in during our time volunteering cleaning the tables. Starting this Sunday January 20th 5:00-7:00p.m. and every Sunday 5-7pm after for the next few months. Help us out by eating dinner at Wendy's and visit us on Sunday evenings.
"At Wendy's we are committed to supporting communities with a focus on children. We believe all children deserve a loving and permanent family and the support they need to reach their potential.
That's why we support programs throughout the year that help kids in our communities." Wendy's

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2012 Reflectioin and Looking at 2013

I have been reflecting on Son Valley Youth Ranch’s 2012 blessings.  Sure we have had our trials and troubles but oh are we blessed, yes indeed. To name a few; We have a tractor on our property that is being loaned to us, 37 rolls of hay donated, 13 sold wood handmade benches made, shelter built, lots of firewood donated, arena ground prepared, found a grant writer, and developed a youth bible study.  The best blessing of all is 16 people received Christ this year at the ranch! Praise the Lord.

Sessions are closed in the winter but we are still busy with daily chores and preparing the ranch for the kids that will come in 2013. Upcoming events; Mandy and I are taking five girls to a Christian youth conference in February. It is a 2-day event packed with powerful Christian bands and speakers, setting the stage for our youth to have a life-changing encounter with the living God.  Then April 7th we are so excited to have Tommy Tinder and other bands giving their time and talent to S.V.Y.R fundraising concert at the Grand Theatre.

Prayer partners if you could pray with us for our needs to be met.  We need a water line for a hydrant and automatic water system installed. We need a tack room near the arena and tie up posts. And we need rock, rock and more rock. And always in need of volunteers not just with the horses and kids but in many areas.

Anyone wishing to support S.V.Y.R. financially on a monthly basis or a one-time gift can go to our blogs donated button or send a check to RR 1 Box 48B, Canton MO  63435.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thank You!

We all had a wonderful day at our 2nd Annual Harvest Hoedown. Thank you to all our supporters that came out and spent your Sunday afternoon with us. We could not have ordered better weather, the food was yummy, and the talented entertainment was awesome. Hope you can join us again next year, put it on your calender, October 13th, 2013. Enjoy the pictures;