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Midwest Bounty Round Up


The Midwest Bounty RoundUp is a weekend retreat

April 5-7, 2024 designed to encourage, empower, and equip faith-based equine ministries. This retreat will be held at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch in Minnesota. Whether you lead, volunteer for, or are interested in starting a equine ministry, we made this with you in mind!

Equip your ministry with workshops focused on horses, faith, family, ministry, and how to find the harmony between them all!

Empower you and your team to continue the good work that God has called you to in Equine Ministry.

Encourage and be encouraged by personal time with the Lord as well as by others working and serving in the Kingdom.

Engage with local ranch and farm owners, workers, instructors, supporters, and those just learning about Equine Assisted Ministry!


Devin and Tia Tharp founded the Bright Side Youth Ranch in 2014 with a desire to influence and inspire the next generation with Hope. God has used their hearts for reaching kids and teens combined with their individual gifts and experiences to bring together the unique ministry of partnering hurting kids and teens with a mentor and horse in order to share Hope.

Tia is the Executive Director of Bright Side. She has a BA in Equine Studies, a Masters in Pastoral Counseling: Crisis and Trauma, a certificate in Biblically Based Equine Assisted Programming, and is a Training Facilitator in Biblical Trauma Healing.

Devin is the Family Pastor at Good Shepherd Church in Charlotte. He has a Masters of Divinity and over 25 years of experience with the next generation.

Weekend Schedule 

[* Items marked with an asterisk (*) denote sessions highly recommended for Next Gen attendees to consider attending.] 


  • 3-5pm – Check in/Fellowship~ Meander the Ranch

  • 5-5:30 Welcome Kick Off

  • 5:45-6:30pm – Dinner

  • 7-9pm – Evening Session: Evening Keynote and Worship--Tia Tharp

  • 9-10pm – Social Hour – S’mores, Hot Chocolate, and Snacks

  • ​10-11 *Interactive Equine Camp Activities (optional)​


  • 7-7:45am – Stroll & Share (optional)

  • 8-8:45am – Breakfast

  • 9-9:30am – Worship & Devotional 

  • 9:45-10:30am – Breakout Session 1  

    • Creating a Volunteer Training Program--Devin Tharp

    • Saddle fit: Teresa Hagene and Janice Larson 

    • Ecotherapy activities: Beyond the horse--Olivia Monger

    • Trauma & Biblical Integration--Tia Tharp

    • *Introduction to Discipleship Training--Laurie Baer

    • *Exploring Equine Certifications & Education-Todd Monger

  • 10:45-11:30am – Breakout Session 2 

    • The Horse Advocates: Happy Horses; Happy Humans--Vollie Heitkamp & Kristi Nelson

    • ​Saddle Fit: Teresa Hagene and Janice Larson 

    • Men of the Arena--Men's Breakout--Todd Monger

    • *Discipleship In Action---Laurie Baer 

    • *Curriculum & Programming ---Tia Tharp

    • Interactive Ranch Q&A Forum--Nancy Zollner

  • 11:45-12:45pm – Lunch

  • 1-2:30pm – Clinic (In Arena): Equine Assisted Learning Sessions  

  • 3-4:30pm-Clinic (In Arena): Influencing Horse Behavior & Other Demonstrations-- BJ Stoppelmoor

  • 3-3:50pm – A "Window"  into Mental Health -Todd Monger

  • 4-5:30pm – Free Time

  • 5:30-6:30pm – Dinner

  • 7-9pm – Evening Session: Worship and Tia Tharp

  • 9-10pm – Social Hour – S’mores, Hot Chocolate, and Snacks

  • 9:30-10:30 -*The Future of Equine Ministry: Next Gen Q & A (optional)​


  • 7-7:45am – Stroll & Share (optional)

  • 8-9am – Breakfast

  • 9:30am – Cowboy Church

    • Influenced "Reflecting at the D.O.O.R." Todd Monger​

  • 10:30am – Prayer Breakouts

  • 11:30am – Check-out

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Food and Lodging:

For food & lodging we have three options:

  1. Miracle Lodge room with private bath – 2
    nights, 5 meals, weekend conference ticket:
    Price $305

  2. Family Style Cabin***WOMEN ONLY OPTIONS LEFT***                                                                          self contained living units with bunks, beds and living area.  Provide own bedding.  2 nights, 5 meals, weekend conference ticket: $240

  3. No lodging – Saturday conference ticket with 3
    meals: $140                                                                                                                                                   Price is per person for the whole package, not per room or per night.  

Student Rate
(ages 16-22)  20% OFF choice housing

The Miracle Lodge is:

hotel-style lodging with private bathrooms.

Bedding and towels are furnished. Sleeps 4-6. There are only 27 rooms, so space is limited.

The family-style cabins are:  ***WOMEN ONLY OPTIONS LEFT***

Self contained living units with bunks, beds and living area. Bedding is not provided. Sleep 10-13.

For more info about lodging please visit

GEN Z Information:

Are you are young leader seeking to use your God given passion for horses to impact people for the Kingdom of Heaven?  Then this conference is for you!


We recognize that in the growing field of equine assisted ministry we need to be intentional about equipping this generation who will one day be the directors and ranch owners that will serve tomorrow’s youth. For this reason, we are creating a Next Gen Track for those aged 16-22 who feel a strong calling into equine ministry work. Like Paul commissioning Timothy to the church at Ephesus and pouring into him, the Midwest Bounty Round Up has many “Pauls” and many “Timothys” looking to be trained to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the nations.


Next Gen will be expected to participate in all aspects of the conference with the added option of choosing breakout sessions specifically with Next Gen in mind. The purpose of this track is to encourage young leaders who are praying about God's leading in the area of equine work:


· Equipping: learning skills and insights to be more proficient in equine ministry.

· Networking: connecting and interacting with equine ministries in the Midwest for internships, employment and ministry opportunities.

· Direction: sessions dedicated to exploration of degrees, certifications and steps towards making equine work a lifelong calling, ministry and vocation.

· Confirmation: being around spiritual leaders in equine work can help confirm the calling God has on your life during times of discussion, worship, teaching and prayer.

[Please note: this is a professional conference which is being opened to mature, respectful, service minded young Christian leaders. It is the expectation that those who attend within the student category be able to conduct themselves as young Christian professionals while in attendance].


Please register as soon as possible --as spots are limited for overnight guests!

The early bird registration is due March 1, 2024.

To register for the Midwest Bounty RoundUp, please follow the link below!

Please Mail Payments to:  

Redemption Ranch PO Box 1, Wabasso, MN 56293




Please contact Todd Monger  with questions.

(952) 221-5625

The Midwest Bounty Round Up is being graciously co-hosted by:

Olivia Monger, Todd Monger--Hope Rides MN,

Judy Wiedemeier--Riding Light (IA) a ministry of InFaith,  

Colleen Gerber-Lee --True North Training Stables  IN,

Nancy Zollner--Redemption Ranch MN .

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