Rancho Milagro (translation: Ranch of Miracles) is a non-profit, faith-based ministry organized to bring the miracle of equine coaching and healing to survivors of severe trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Inspired by the dreams and vision that founder and CEO, Vanessa Kohnen, has had for over twenty years. She herself is a survivor of abuse.
"As a child of abuse, I found my only refuge was with my animals and I've had a healing vision ever since to bring this gift to others. By using my trauma recovery as a guide, God has given me a passion to help others who have suffered from severe abuse. Horses saved my life and now I am thankful and ready to help others start their journey to their own personal recovery." - Vanessa
Our passion is to help survivors of extreme trauma. Most of our clients are victims of domestic or sexual abuse, and we also serve veterans who are struggling with PTSD. Many who experience anxiety, depression and hopelessness find immediate comfort. We have also served first responders: men and women working as police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics.
We bring trauma survivors and horses together into the arena of life so clients can gain the skills needed to cope with their triggers in everyday life situations that are made more difficult by their symptoms.
Horses are uniquely sensitive creatures, which we have found many of our trauma clients can relate to. In learning to work with an inherently flighty creature to build trust, our clients find they are learning skills to bring trust and healing into their own lives. A horse's keen sense teaches life skills that are valuable coping tools.
Many of our clients have not benefited from traditional therapies--yet they often report almost immediate benefits when working with horses. They usually leave Rancho Milagro feeling revived and relieved instead of exhausted and empty.
Founder and President
Vanessa is a retired paramedic from the Fire Department. During her time as a paramedic, she took medical teams to third-world countries. She was the Director for HIV/AIDS and Disaster Relief. Vanessa has been on a horse since before she could walk. Horses saved her life. Now she wants to share their hearts with others.
Co-Founder and Director
Bob spent his career in the commercial electrical contracting industry. He's been a horseman for over 20 years and brings his knowledge as a certified equine specialist to the work we do. Bob has a passion to give back from all the blessings he's received and loves being a part of the powerful ministry.
Meet the Board of Directors
Pastor Randy and Candy Killman
They are Pastors at Grace North in Prescott, Arizona. Pastor Randy is a Fire Fighter/ Paramedic and a Chaplain. Pastor Candy is compassionate and dedicated with a passion to bring healing to those are hurting. They both provide valuable guidance in many different areas of Rancho Milagro.
Tim and Lisa Blair
Tim is the Sales Director for the southwest region of GE Healthcare. He is able to help government reach veterans, active military, and those in need. Lisa Blair is an active real-estate agent who received her BS in Business with an emphasis on Marketing. Tim and Lisa recently moved from Minnesota to fulfill their life in ministry. They share a passion to serve those in need. Tim and Lisa love animals and appreciate the grace and strength that horses have to offer.