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Finding Inspiration in Every Step

I Saw A Child

I saw a child who couldn't walk,

Sit on a horse, laugh and talk.

Then ride it through a field of daisies

And yet he could not walk unaided.

I saw a child no legs below,

Sit on a horse, and make it go

Through wood of green

And places he had never been,

To sit and stare, except from a chair.

I saw a child who could only crawl,

Mount a horse and sit up tall;

Then put it through degrees of paces

And laugh at the wonder on our faces.

I saw a child born into strife,

Take up and hold the reins of life.

And that same child, was heard to say,

Thank God for showing me the way...

John Anthony Davies (1964)

Image by Dave Mullen

About Us

Buckboard was established in 1997 by Kathy Gatch. She designed this organization to empower individuals through the strength, wisdom, and beauty of horses. "My love for horses and children as well as helping my son recover from a car accident inspired me to form this program so special needs children could experience the benefits and enjoyment that only a horse can give." My son's accident left him in a deep coma for almost 6 weeks and a light coma for several more months. The doctors allowed us to bring him home while he was still experiencing the light coma. As he recovered, he spent every minute with me- even feeding and spending time with our horses. I was very impressed with how they helped calm him. He was a 2 year old in an 18 year old's body. With him being 6' 2'" and 150lbs, he couldn't safely ride. I heard about therapeutic horseback activities and became very interested. Later on, I became an instructor and started my own program. Buckboard has helped hundreds of children with special needs experience the enjoyment and benefits that only a horse can give.

Buckboard is a United Way partner agency ( and operates with support from local individuals and businesses, the Knights of Columbus, and other grant-making organizations.

Meet The Team

Our Supporters
Past and Present

Jane Fliesbach Family Foundation

Panhandle Area Development Innovation & Investments Fund

Quivey-Bay State Foundation

Oregon Trail Community Foundation

City of Gering Keno

State Knights of Columbus Nebraska State Council

Intellectual Disabilities Foundation and Scottsbluff Council #2681

Knights of Columbus Council #10285

Platte Valley Companies

21st Century Equipment

J.G. Elliot Insurance Center

G.A. Fleisbach Foundation

Kelley Bean Company

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Western Lodge #229

Leadership Scottsbluff

Panhandle Shrine Club/Baltes Trust

Chuck & Pam Richter

Patricia Larsen

Carl E. & Sandra K. Carpenter

Charles & Nina Weinreis

Western States Bank

Constance Kirchner

Bill Brashear

Morrill Rotary

Julia Everett

Smith Systems

Jerry Bretthauer

Shirley Mead

Mary Kay -Alisa Rindels

Base Camp #31 Network for Good

St. Francis Episcapal Church

Edward Jones

Jerome Frie

Dale Snyder Memorial

Joe Masek

High Plains Auto Club

Dairy Queen

Scottsbluff Police Officers Association

C.W. Yount Foundation

Mary Dickenson

L and L Aviation, LLC

Regional West Medical Center

Pampered Chef, Pamela Weldin

Wills Chiropractic Clinic, P.C.

Wyo-Braska Day of Giving

Dalene and Dale Stamen

Guinn Memorial

Gordon Howard Memorial

Kenneth Helzer Memorial

Horse Drawn Rides- Bob & Celeste Rodgers

First Baptist Church Bible School

Reardon-Mohr Foundation

Chapter ET-P.E.O. Sisterhood

Platte Valley Livestock

Maxine Younnie Family

Jocelyn Bruner

Ann Kurtz Family

Sandberg Implement

Chimney Rock Public Power District

Gene and Phonda Purdy

Betty House Memorial

Norman Gross Memorial

Russel's Excavation & Construction

B & C Steel

Gering Valley Plumbing

Superior Construction

Cowan's Custom Cabinets

ABC Blinds

Bluffs Sanitary Supply, Inc.

First State Bank Staff

Vern & Larry Groskopf Manufacturing

Paul Reed Construction- Adam Reed

Star Herald

Gering- Ft. Laramie Irrigation District

ABC Nursery

Mike & Jeff Kaufman

Creative Signs by Cozad

Scotts Bluff County Road Shop #2

Curtis Grubs Fencing

Johnson Cashway

Cozy, Inc.

ZM Lumber

Allen Peters

Murphy Tractor- Max Miller

Darrell Bentley

Orin Bolzer

The Wills Family -Daryl, Bobbie, Dave, Melissa, Courtney

Project Lori: The Knights of Columbus

United Way of Western Nebraska logo
Respite logo

Sponsorship of both horses and riders

is available to anyone who wishes

to support our cause.

Thank YOU Volunteers!

You are a vital part of our team and without you, we couldn't provide our services to the Panhandle and it's surrounding areas!

In Memoriam

picture of Comanche


picture of brown horse named Cody


picture of small pony named Norman


picture of brown horse named Pretty Star

Pretty Star

picture of dark brown horse named Clyde

Star Berry Pat "Clyde"

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