How a girl with Down syndrome changed lives.

Point Rider Founders:

  Jerry, Kelly and Judy, a couple of years before starting Down Home Ranch

Jerry, Kelly and Judy, a couple of years before starting Down Home Ranch

  Jerry and Judy, after 26 years in the saddle

Jerry and Judy, after 26 years in the saddle

Jerry and Judy Horton were college teachers in 1984 when their daughter Kelly was born with Down syndrome in Austin, Texas. Looking into the future they knew they wanted something better than what they saw on the horizon.

Five years later they created a non-profit, Down Home Ranch, and devoted the next 27 years to fulfilling their vision of a working farm and ranch for people with intellectual disabilities (ID).

Jerry and Judy had the vision but it was the time, talent and treasure of others that built the ranch into the unique and beautiful community that it is today.

What is Down Home Ranch?    

  • A 410-acre working Texas ranch 40 miles east of Austin

  • A community of 40 adults with intellectual disabilities (ID)

  • 11 commercial greenhouses growing poinsettias, flowers and vegetables

  • Residents with ID herding cattle, driving golf carts, building fences, cleaning buildings, growing food, feeding livestock, collecting eggs, volunteering, making jelly, going to church, competing in Special Olympics, participating in conventions, fundraising for their annual vacation-cruise, and . . more

  • An entrepreneurial organization

    • with greenhouses, growing food and foliage

    • selling flowers, vegetables, arts and crafts, beef, eggs, firewood

    • hosting church and corporate retreats, renting facilities, holding camps

    • always open to enterprises that create jobs and income

  • A community with housing to meet different needs--including 6-bed, 4-bed and 3-bed group homes, two duplexes and three micro-homes—for independent living.

Who supported the building of the ranch?

  • Thousands of individual contributors from 1991 to today

  • Scores of churches, businesses, service clubs and religious groups

  • 50+ charitable foundations, providing millions to build the ranch

  • Volunteers providing 12,000 hours of labor each year

  • Professionals lending their expertise and leadership

  • The faith and prayers of many

Click here to read more about our plans for the future.