Rancho Milagro (translation: Ranch of Miracles)

Rancho Milagro is expanding God’s Kingdom on earth by activating His healing and empowering all people we encounter through the gift of equine therapy and coaching. We are committed to impacting our community, state, nation, and the world by “renewing hearts and minds to thrive in the arena of life.”

Rancho Milagro’s core values include:

Mentorship         Delivering tools to advance personal growth and direction.

Integrity            Accountable to people and partners we serve.

Leadership         Inspiring people to find the courage to take the “reins of life.”

Activation          Experience renewed momentum by awakening all senses.

Guidance           Highlighting the “steppingstones” to a solid foundation.

Refuge              A peaceful place to reflect and be refreshed.

Organic            Tailor-made to meet individual and group needs.

Horses deliver a distinct sensitivity that participants relate to in order to bring trust and healing.  A horse’s keen sense mirrors the environment to provide valuable coping tools.  Participants leave feeling revived and refreshed because of this unique approach to therapy.

Vanessa Kohnen, Founder & Executive Director, is dedicated in seeing success and freedom to all that come to Rancho Milagro – the Ranch of Miracles.  At her side is her husband Robert Kohnen Jr., Co-Founder and Director.

Rancho Milagro is a 501.C.3 accredited, non-profit, faith-based ministry which uses the gift of equine therapy and coaching to reach people in need. We are located in northeast Scottsdale, Arizona, in beautiful Rio Verde.

Inspired by the dreams and vision that Founder and President, Vanessa Kohnen, has had for over twenty years. She herself is a survivor of abuse.

“As a child of  abuse, I found my only refuge was with my animals and I’ve had a healing vision ever since to bring this gift to others. By using my trauma recovery as a guide, God has given me a passion to help others who have suffered from severe abuse. Horses saved my life and now I am thankful and ready to help others start their journey to their own personal recovery.”   – Vanessa

Vanessa Kohnen

Vanessa Kohnen
Founder and President

Vanessa is a retired paramedic from the Fire Department. During her time as a paramedic, she took medical teams to third-world countries.  She was the Director for HIV/AIDS and Disaster Relief.  Vanessa has been on a horse since before she could walk. Horses saved her life.  Now she wants to share their hearts with others. 

Bob Kohnen

Bob Kohnen
Co-Founder and Director

Bob spent his career in the commercial electrical contracting industry.  He’s been a horseman for over 20 years and brings his knowledge as a certified equine specialist to the work we do.  Bob has a passion to give back from all the blessings he’s received and loves being a part of the powerful ministry.

We bring participants and horses together into the arena of life so clients can gain the skills needed to cope with their challenges in everyday life situations that are made more difficult.

Horses are uniquely sensitive creatures, which we have found many of our clients can relate to. In learning to work with an inherently flighty creature to build trust, our clients find they are learning skills to bring trust and healing into their own lives.  A horse’s keen sense teaches life skills that are valuable coping tools.

Many of our clients have not fully benefited from traditional therapies — yet they often report almost immediate benefits when working with horses. They usually leave Rancho Milagro feeling revived and relieved.

Meet the Board of Directors

Pastor Randy and Candy Killman

Pastor Randy and Candy Killman

The Killmans are Pastors at Grace North in Prescott, Arizona.  Pastor Randy is a Fire Fighter/ Paramedic and a Chaplain. Pastor Candy is compassionate and dedicated with a passion to bring healing to those are hurting. They both provide valuable guidance in many different areas of Rancho Milagro.

Tim and Lisa Blair

Tim and Lisa Blair

Tim is the Sales Director for the southwest region of GE Healthcare. He is able to help government reach veterans, active military, and those in need. Lisa Blair is an active real-estate agent who received her BS in Business with an emphasis on Marketing. Tim and Lisa recently moved from Minnesota to fulfill their life in ministry. They share a passion to serve those in need. Tim and Lisa love animals and appreciate the grace and strength that horses have to offer.

meet the rest of the team