Crestwood Circus Ranch

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CRESTWOOD CIRCUS RANCH  OPENED OUR BARN DOORS IN 2017 AS A NON PROFIT 5013C , A LIFELONG DREAM OF DAVE DIEDRICK AND LESLIE ASHTON, COMBINING THEIR LIFE EXPERIENCE.  DAVE AND HIS DAUGHTER LAUREN, WHO STARTED RIDING HORSES WHEN SHE WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD, TRAVELLED THROUGHOUT THE HORSE CIRCUIT FOR ALMOST 20 YRS, SHOWING AND WINNING WITH HER HORSE VALENTINE, WHO STILL RESIDES HERE AT THE RANCH. LESLIE AND HER CHILDREN LIANNA AND MILES, PERFORMED SINCE THE CHILDREN WERE TWO AND THREE YRS OLD, WITH AN AWARD WINNING ACT "THE ASHTON FAMILY"AN ACROBATIC PHENOMENON THAT LIT UP THE CENTER RING ON RINGLING BROTHERS CIRCUS, CIRCUS CIRCUS IN LAS VEGAS, BUSCH GARDENS IN TAMPA AND AMONG MANY OTHER CREDITS-THE TOP HALFTIME ACT IN THE NBA. THEY ARE INDUCTEES IN THE RING OF FAME IN SARASOTA'S ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE.


DAVE AND LESLIE LIVE AT THE RANCH, AND CARE FOR OVER 50 FARM ANIMALS ON A DAILY BASIS. SOME OF OUR BABIES HERE ARE RESCUES, RETIRED CIRCUS ANIMALS AND THERAPY ANIMALS THAT TRAVEL TO ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES TO DELIGHT SENIORS, WITH OUR OLDE TYME TRAVELLING MENAGERIE PROGRAM. OUR FURRY FAMILY CALL THE RANCH THEIR FOREVER HOME AND WELCOME SMILING VISITS FROM YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS TO SOCIALIZE  AND AID IN TRAINING FOR OUR THERAPY ANIMALS, THUS GENERATING BONDS BETWEEN AGE GROUPS, COMBINING THE GIFT OF YOUTH, WITH THE WISDOM OF EXPERIENCE.


THE RANCH OFFERS COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING COLLEGE, SHOWING COMMITMENT, PASSION AND LEADERSHIP, LEAVING THE BEST STUDENT'S COMMUNITY SERVICE EXPERIENCE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR REFLECTION ON HOW THEIR WORK HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE, AND A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY. IF A STUDENT HAS A CERTAIN INTEREST, LIKE A PASSION FOR ANIMALS, COMMUNITY SERVICE CAN BE A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE IT! LONG TERM INVOLVEMENT IS IMPORTANT. STUDENTS WHO ALREADY CARE ABOUT A CAUSE, ARE MORE LIKELY TO MAKE THAT LONG TERM COMMITMENT.


CRESTWOOD CIRCUS RANCH STRIVES TO BE AN ACTIVE PIECE IN OUR COMMUNITY PUZZLE!

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