The purposes of The Dude Ranch Foundation:

  • To solicit from the public tax-deductible donations.
  • To grant educational scholarships or training of those persons wishing to pursue employment or careers in the dude ranch industry and supporting industries.
  • To administer monies in trust to provide skilled personnel for the continued expansion and success of the dude ranch industry.
  • To establish, operate, and maintain a museum (heritage center), archives and research area for the education of the public as to the historical importance of the dude ranching industry.
  • To acquire and maintain historic collections of artifacts, memorabilia and photographs to be used for the educational research and museum purposes.
  • To create, administer and promote a safety program pertaining to Dude Ranching and specifically address horse safety. The program shall be made available to DRA member ranches at a minimal cost. The safety program shall be made available for purchase to the public.
  • Continuing Education in the dude ranching industry.
  • Conservation and preservation of real property used for the purpose of operating dude ranches.
  • Through a partnership with Dude Ranchers’ Association members, introducing children and families to dude ranching experiences who might not otherwise be able to afford a dude ranch vacation.
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