Freedom Reigns Ranch Holds Special Event in Downtown Franklin, “The Gospel According to a Horse”

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On Saturday May 15, 2021, Freedom Reigns Ranch, whose mission is to ignite hope with the help of a horse, held a special event in downtown Franklin to demonstrate how pairing rescued horses with children who have experienced trauma or other life challenges can transform lives. The ministry, a Christian faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides free-of-charge sessions that brings together one child, one horse and one mentor. Healthy self-image, loving relationships, trust and boundaries are built through activities that can include riding and farm chores.

The demonstration was led by founder and executive director, Carissa Ramsdell, along with a horse named Freedom. Watching the horse prance and play in complete trust with Carissa, it was hard to believe that the beautiful palomino was rescued from a dog pen, without food or water, behind an abandoned house in middle Tennessee. Freedom’s transformation from a frightened and starved animal to trusting, beloved session horse helps the children learn how to overcome their own trauma experiences to allow healing.

An amazing lineup of professional musicians donated their talent, making it a music-filled occasion. Tecia Hedden kicked off the event with a song written especially for Freedom Reigns. Caitlin Quisenberry sang Amazing Grace and then a few of her own songs. Leni Black sang and played guitar. Madison Stuart sang and played guitar for three of her own songs. The Jolly String Quartet provided sound and staging for the event, as well as performing a wide range of music. For a finale, the musicians came together to perform the hymn, “I’ll Fly Away”.

The fantastic green space, located in the heart of downtown Franklin, was generously provided by Bucky, Beth and Preston Ingram.

The event launches a new chapter in the ministry, The Legacy Campaign, that seeks donors to purchase or provide a dedicated lease of ranch property for the ministry’s permanent home. Currently, the ministry serves an average of 54 children per month, maintains 8 horses, and provided 2,000+ mentor hours in 2020 alone. These constraints severely limit the number of children served, and a waiting list of more than a year prevents many children from entering the program when they need it the most.

More information about Freedom Reigns Ranch and the FRR Legacy Campaign can be found by

Media information contact Grant Gaston (629) 333 4253

Performer social media: @caitlinquisenberrymusic, @thejollystringquartet, @leniblack,
@tkjhealth, @madisonstuartmusic

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