The co-founder of Autumn's ReRide Youth Ranch, Rebecca Christians, vision for this organization came from 7 years of prayer and struggle. In December of 2002, Rebecca's 15 year old daughter, Autumn, committed suicide. From that moment grew Rebecca's desire to make a difference in the lives of at-risk children. Through periods of heartbreaking depression, she fervently prayed for a direction for her life.
All of her life Rebecca has loved horses. She would grab every opportunity to ride or just be around them. She found peace and solace whenever she could be in the presence of a horse. Like Rebecca, Autumn also loved horses. She was a natural in the saddle.
In 2004, Rebecca's husband, Steve, bought her the very first horse she had ever had of her own. This beautiful little mare, Sissy, was the cornerstone of the ranch.
In 2009, Rebecca was still praying for direction in her life. It came in the form of an interview with Kim Meeder of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. Kim's interview was the "voice" of God to Rebecca giving her the direction for which she had prayed. It was on that day that Autumn's ReRide Youth Ranch rose up out of the ashes of Rebecca's broken heart.
Rebecca has 20 years of experience working with horses, 15 years of experience working with special needs children, and has been involved in working with youth in faith-based settings since 1997.