About Wildfire Ranch
Opened in 2012, Wildfire Ranch is the passion and pride and joy of owners Cynthia and Ariel Sweeley, a mother-daughter team. Following a series of traumatic events in her personal life, Cynthia discovered the healing power of horses and established the Ranch not only as a vacation destination but also a place of healing.
Operated seven days a week by appointment, Wildfire Ranch is a fully functioning horse ranch offering everything from riding lessons and boarding to equine therapy. Most recently, they have opened their doors as one of Pennsylvania's most breath-taking wedding destinations.
Curious to learn more about the history of Wildfire Ranch? Click here to read an intimate interview with Cynthia!
Cynthia Sweeley has 20 years experience training horses with a specialty on producing beginner-safe trail-riding horses. As a result, guests frequently ask to purchase the Wildfire Ranch horses even when they are not up for sale. She has a Bachelors Degree from Penn State University with Deans List honors majoring in Professional Communications and Business Administration. Cynthia has 7 years experience as a 'Coach' in equine assisted activities that do not include counseling.
In 1995 Cynthia started a restaurant menu-and-placemat-advertising company named Menu Master. Over 13 years she sold 13 franchises and turned it into the largest menu and placemat advertising company in America! The 2008/2009 recession killed the business and so she started Wildfire Ranch instead.
Cynthia and her daughter Ariel practice horse whispering with their herd of 13 horses with irrefutable results that can be seen in the equine therapy sessions. Several licensed therapists have requested meetings with Cynthia and Ariel on why their clients have "healed from un-healable" mental and emotional conditions.
Read more about Cynthia's Story.
Co-Owner, Senior Ranch Coordinator
An outstanding honors student graduate Ariel is pursuing degrees in psychology and Equine Science while expanding her equine assisted activities training to the next levels. Ariel conducts horse therapy sessions, guided public trail rides and horse-training. She is sought after for her riding instruction by over 20 students requesting her horse-riding lessons. Ariel is co-operator with her mother Cynthia in all aspects of running Wildfire Ranch and plans to take over the running of Wildfire Ranch as her career.
Disclosure: Wildfire Ranch Staff members are not licensed counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists nor do we make any such claims. As such there is no counseling conducted during our equine therapy sessions. Clients are given games to play with the horses which empower clients in their weak areas and promote healing from inner traumas as a result. Wildfire Ranch staff members interpret horse behavior during these sessions as the horses 'mirror' what they are sensing in the clients.
Our Mission Statement
...In Jesus Christ as the true son of God, crucified and now alive at the right hand of God.
...In the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that they are three separate beings and yet they are One.
...That Jesus has left us the Holy Spirit as our Comforter to give us the strength for living and as proof of God's presence (John 15:26)
...In the gifts of the Holy Spirit to enable us in our daily lives as explained in 1 Corinthians 12.
...That the body of Christ is to be unified no matter the denomination, as we endeavor to become the 'spotless bride of Christ'.
...Signs and Wonders are for today, not just the old testament days as Jesus promised in Matthew 10:1.
....God speaks to His children as promised in John 16:13 and the book of Isaiah.
Wildfire Ranch in the news!
We are blessed to have media outlets contacting us to help with news stories, or to do a story all about us. Below are a few of the many ways Wildfire Ranch has been in the news!
Wildfire Ranch featured on Global Television!
A Mirror to the Mind: An Interview with Cynthia Sweeley
Written by Katie Carroll, Purdue University - A Mirror to the Mind: An Interview with Cynthia Sweeley
Note: This text also appears as the "Cynthia's Story" page on our website.
A Blessing in Disguise
Produced by Penn State ComMedia News - A Blessing in Disguise
Making a Difference - WJAC News Broadcast
Produced by WJAC TV-6 - click below to watch video or click here to view in new window.
Local woman uses horse therapy to help people cope.
Centre County Gazette - Local woman uses horse therapy to help people cope.
Become an Equine Therapist
Learn how to become an Equine Therapist and read about Wildfire Ranch in the news!