Ranchos De Los Animales for the disabled, Inc.
Posted on September 1, 2021 by Laura Lucky
Beth Currierwas a horse-loving girl in Los Angeles when she contracted polio in 1955 at the age of twelve. Her doctor said she would never walk again, let alone ride her horse, but he didn’t know Beth. Riding-with-an-adapted-saddleweb. Two years later, she traded her wheelchair for the back of a horse as part of her therapy. You can imagine the thrill every time she was lifted out of that wheelchair and into a saddle. Besides restoring her mobility and upper body strength, the freedom was exhilarating! Beth wanted to bring the same joy to other people who were also told, “You can’t.”
In 1981, she moved to a one-acre ranch in Nipomo and started giving free rides to the disabled. By 1983, she had outgrown that ranch and moved to an eight-acre parcel on the Mesa in Arroyo Grande. Beth has been an activist for the disabled for many years. In 1978, she became the first Counselor for Disabled Students at Allan Hancock College and served as the Assistant Coordinator of the Disability Resource Center at Cal Poly for twenty years. She’s an advocate for Californians for Disability Rights, Inc., writing governors and senators, promoting access in our national parks.
With-her-two-horses-and-grandfather in 1984, she received the first service dog. Through her efforts, RAD received the Service Organization of the Year award in 2003. In 2007, she was honored with Paul Wolffe Accessibility Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award. Beth loves her work; her enthusiasm and positive attitude are infectious, but her biggest reward is seeing the smiling faces on the folks who were told they couldn’t.
While our program is unique, in that we do not require any payment for our services, we do encourage our participants and their families to volunteer some time to help around the ranch. These duties can include working with animals, caring for the animals or helping maintain the ranch. For this reason, RAD is always looking for generous people to offer monetary or in-kind donations. You can donate in memory/honor of someone or a favorite pet or in celebration of a special event/achievement. If you have any in-kind items you think we can use, please call Beth at (805) 459-9083 or Suzanne at (805) 458-6000.