The Lee-Mar Ranch Equine Center exists so that the five county area has a central facility in which our rural community & equine heritage is celebrated, families, and individuals are nurtured, and community is fostered.
It is our mission to build a community program designed to improve the quality of life for all ages. We provide affordable, accessible, and effective equine-facilitated activities with an exceptional learning environment that will support individuals with disabilities and children at risk.
Lee-Mar Ranch has been a staple in the Granite Falls community for over 50 years. Starting in the late 1950’s by Lee and Martha Mooney, Lee-Mar was built to house the Mooney show horses and provide a state-of-the-art training and show facility. It was recognized as a local premier equestrian facility for many decades and today is still home to Granite Falls Western Fest PRCA Rodeo held each year in June.
In 2008 it became knowledge that the family would be interested in selling the Lee-Mar Ranch barn site. A small group of local citizens began exploring the possibility of restoring this beautiful community icon while developing a therapeutic riding program. After much research and deliberation a Board of Directors was formed, State of Minnesota incorporation applications were filed and Lee-Mar Ranch Equine Center was granted a 501c3 non-profit status by the federal government. The group was then able to purchase the indoor arena and stables along with 9.23 acres of land.
Over the past 2 years, with the help and generosity of local businesses and individuals, Lee-Mar Ranch has begun the task of restoring the facilities. Our volunteers have clocked thousands of hours of work while residing, painting and re-roofing the arena. Renovation projects are also planned for new handicapped bathrooms, tack & feed rooms and arena view area.
The first of our therapeutic riding classes began in the spring of 2010 and we continue to hold spring, summer and fall sessions. In addition we have held a number of clinics, exhibitions, fundraisers and assorted family fun days. Lee-Mar Ranch is also sponsor and host to the Minnesota Region 2 High School Rodeo each year. The future is bright for Lee-Mar Ranch Equine Center and we look forward, with great anticipation, to the time when Lee-Mar is once again a great community icon.