Sarah Valentine is the Founder of Riverside Ranch 501c3 non profit. She is the author of “You are not Alone. He is Here” devotional book for those grieving and in deep sadness. She is married to her loving husband Matthew. Proud mother of their sweet children Jonah and Brooke. Proud dog mom to Hank and Bella. They reside in Clayton, NC. Sarah grew up in Fayetteville, NC and graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.
Sarah is a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor with PATH International. Riverside Ranch is in the process of building a therapeutic riding facility and day retreat facility in Clayton, NC on a beautiful 36-acre property. We plan to open early 2020.
Sarah admits “I have needed Riverside Ranch just as much as I believe the people need it that I am building it for. Riverside Ranch represents Hope, Freedom, Healing and Community.”
Heaven is a very significant and special place to Sarah. She and her family has experienced great tragedy and loss in her life. Heaven is the home now for many of her loved ones. The River of the Water of Life is in Heaven. The Riverside Ranch property is in close proximity to the Neuse River as well. Rivers represent tranquility and peace, which flows into the connections of life in community.
God gave a vision of Riverside Ranch to hold onto these last 2 years even when Sarah thought she couldn’t get out of bed in the morning from grief and sadness. The confirmation was clear in Sarah’s heart for those with special needs and individuals living in assisted living and nursing home facilities.
“Grief has been one of the hardest things I have experienced. It has literally felt like I was knocked flat on my face and I didn't know if I would ever make it back up. At times I felt scared, angry, sad, filled with anxiety and even regret. Life didn't seem fair and at times still doesn't. My trust in God was shaken. Even in all of this extreme heartache I have experienced and felt God in ways so intimately that I have never before. God used horses, animals and nature to help mend a very broken heart filled with sadness. As I was seeing what helped me, my eyes were opened to how I could help others. The past 2 years have been some of the hardest years of my life. Loss makes you realize how precious life is and that showing kindness and love matters. We all have a purpose and I believe a big part of our purpose is helping one another and coming together as a community to encourage each other.”- Sarah Valentine, Founder of Riverside Ranch