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Sturgis Rainbow Bible Ranch owners rebuild herd for summer 2014

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The Rainbow Bible Ranch has been a place for children to go during the summer to experience the ranch life for 35 years. And after losing most of the horses that were trained for the camp died in October's blizzard, the family that owns the ranch begins to rebuild.

Larry Reinhold and his family lost 91 horses in the storm. "There's never a day that goes by that we don't have a tear on this ranch," said Reinhold. "I got a call from Robin and she had talked to the kids and they had found all of the rest of the camp horses dead and they were stretched out at what looks like a war-zone,"

The horses were more than just animals to the Reinhold's.  "When we were finding bodies of these horses and you're looking at Oaky, and Coco and Rosie, they get pretty personal because we spend so much time with them," said Larry Reinhold.

Time spent training those horses to be used at the Rainbow Bible Ranch, the summer camp the Reinhold family runs.   "We use the horses as our main tool to get into, to peak their interest so we do a lot of riding," said Reinhold.  

Campers take bible classes, work on the ranch ride horses.   "We really try to teach how to ride, we take them out on extended rides," said Reinhold.   

Robin Reinhold says they have a lot of work to do to rebuild. "The rebuilding process is somewhat overwhelming; to come up with 20 to 30 head of horses that children with little or no riding experience can get on, and they will be well taken care of, that's a challenge," she said.   

The Reinhold's are confident they will be ready for campers. "I', overwhelmingly certain, and every member of my family is certain, that we will have camp next summer. How, we're not sure of all the details, but we're seeing some neat things happen," said Larry Reinhold.

The Reinhold's have been given a few horses. They plan on rebuilding their herd through contributions.

This past summer nearly 400 children and families from all over the United States went to the Rainbow Bible Ranch.

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