Since 2004, the Messenich Family has dedicated their facility and lives to making the world a better place for horses and humans alike.

Paul, Jodi, and Victoria Messenich began their journey with horses in 1995 at a boarding facility in Colorado. Quickly, the family grew from 1 to 8 horses, prompting the purchase of land and building American Sport Horses. The family competed in the Hunter/Jumper world throughout the United States until Victoria went off to college in 2004. It was then the family rescued their first load of 7 horses, and after 4 years (and 20 plus rescue horses), Zuma’s Rescue Ranch was established as a charitable 501c3 organization. Ever since, the family and their supporters have saved hundreds of horses and changed the lives of as many (or more) humans.


Our Mission

Through compassion based education and animal rescue, we are changing the perception of how horses are trained and animals are treated. Our Animal-Assisted learning programs are partnership based, where the animals and humans meet in an equal partnership.

My visit today was amazing. Every one was so friendly and very knowledgeable. The horses were beautiful along with all the other special animal on the ranch. Learning about the work they do and their mission is just incredible. My heart is full. Thank you for a wonderful day.
— Mary Walker-Edwards- Client

What We've Achieved

  • Saved the lives of thousands of horses and farm animals

  • Global Federation of Animals Sanctuaries Accreditation

  • Serve as an advisory member for the Homes for Horses Coalition 2010-2017

  • Platinum level in GuideStar non-profit membership

  • Every Day Hero Award

  • Assist on many large-scale equine rescue operations with HSUS, Return to Freedom, ASPCA, Habitat for Horses, and more

  • Provide mental health services for Denver Children’s Home, Tennyson Center for Children, Mount St. Vincent Home, Jefferson Hills Center, and more

  • We are now home to Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage