Denim and Diamonds Gala

There was much to celebrate at this year’s Inspiration Ranch Denim & Diamonds Gala! The 11th annual event which was sponsored by Anadarko and held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott honored Richard and Anna Pender. The Pender’s 40 plus acre White Bridge Farm just north of Tomball became the beautiful, expansive new home to Inspiration Ranch this year. The other honoree of the evening was Arena Energy who has been a long-time champion of Inspiration Ranch and has made significant contributions including providing an indoor riding “arena” that protects the special needs riders, volunteers, staff and animals from the elements. The highlight of the evening though was the powerful testimony by Amanda Shirley, the mother of one of the Inspiration Ranch clients describing the impact and benefits for her daughter Dayton.

John & Natalie Ford, Minnie Telaroli, Mark Beach

The silent and live auctions throughout the evening were filled with fantastic packages including an eight-day oceanfront, all-inclusive, luxury trip to Jamaica donated by Fox Travel, a private chef dinner donated by Amerigo’s and a legendary golf experience at the Insperity Invitational among others. The gallery wall, items in the general store and the always popular wine pull and giving boxes went quickly as well as guests clamored to contribute to the heartwarming cause. Inspiration Ranch is committed to never turning away a family for their equine-assisted therapeutic riding and mental health programs due to an inability to pay. The generous contributions from the Denim & Diamonds gala help them provide access to the therapeutic benefits for the 50 additional families still on the waiting list to join Inspiration Ranch.

Silent Auction

Inspiration Ranch is a 501 (c) (3) premier accredited center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Inspiration Ranch provides hope and opportunities for individuals with physical, emotional and social disabilities. To learn more, visit

Amanda Shirley, Dayton Shirley, Kent Shirley

Keith & Taryn Gordon

Travis & Audra Palmer, Anthony Firmarture, Tracey Reyes, Elijah White


Michael & Susan Postus, Nathan & Kelly Dietrich, MG Tindall

Tim & Valerie Byers, Matthew & Stephanie Peloquin

Inspiration Ranch: 10th Annual Denim & Diamonds Gala

Panther Creek celebrated their 10th annual Denim & Diamonds Gala, themed “Rise Up & Build,” on Saturday, September 29. Held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, this year’s gala brought in approximately 600 attendees and raised nearly $490,000 to advance Inspiration Ranch’s two outstanding equine programs, Therapeutic Riding and H.E.A.R.T (Hands on Equine Assisted Ranch Therapy). Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch relies entirely on volunteer support, corporate and foundation partnerships, grants and individual gifts.

ExxonMobil was honored for their outstanding commitment to both Inspiration Ranch and exceptional volunteerism. Neil W. Duffin, President of ExxonMobil Production Company, accepted the award on their behalf.

Inspiration Ranch is a Premier Accredited Center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), which breaks down barriers and celebrates the inclusion of individuals with physical, emotional and social disabilities. Classes are led by PATH Intl.-Certified Equine Instructors, who collaborate with mental health professionals, learning professionals and community volunteers. The equine therapeutic program, one of only 272 accredited riding centers in the United States, operates on 15-acres of land off Glen Loch Drive, just south of The Woodlands in Spring, TX. Inspiration Ranch currently has 15 therapy horses, 70 riders per week requiring 100 committed volunteers to assist weekly and over 40 children on the waitlist.