Ranch, Farm, Character Ed

Education, training, and events hosted at an animal sanctuary and organic farm to help students and professionals with plans for school and life, personal leadership, patriotism in action, and compassion. More to follow on Compassion Ranch.

Students and teachers in Camp Rockhurst (Rosedale) meet American Patriot (Morgan Horse from Washington State) and Dr. David Dyson, who provided a few basics on horsemanship. Students sat on a horse, courage and experience added, personal leadership improved, photo taken. Good day.


“I cannot thank you enough for the sacrifice of your time and money to make an impact on our campers. They loved it!!!! We all did. Your entire team (humans and animals) were amazing and the day was magical!!! What a blessing it was indeed.”

-Terry Slaughter-

Founder, Camp Rockhurst, and Executive Creative Director, Devote Studio

Life Leaders Ranch programs support Patriotism in Action by arranging for horses in patriotic events such as the National Veterans Day Parade and Tribute to the Founder of Veterans Day program in Birmingham’s Linn Park.

Programs and Services

  • Life Leaders Ranch Day (students)–Pinterest Board (Life Leaders Ranch Day for Camp Rockhurst)
  • School class field trips, classes, seminars, day camps
  • School administrators and/or teachers planning, team building…
  • College student classes, seminars, workshops
  • College administrators and/or faculty team planning, team building…
  • Coaching for executives, teams, and individuals served by nonprofits
  • Customized topics to provide on site or at your school or organization: Plan for School, College, Profession; Best-Self Leadership, Leadership Lessons Learned from Horses; Sustainable Agriculture…
  • Freedom Fence for Your Cats and Dogs: photos, info on materials, web page, presentations on why and how. Freedom Fence not only protects your pets from predators and dangers like cars on roads, it protects wildlife from your pets (cats kill over a billion birds every year).
  • Life Leaders is a nonprofit providing programs and public service, not a place. Events are hosted at Triple D Ranch and Farm.

Camp Rockhurst student meets a horse for the first time. In a safe way, he transformed from a state of fear to courage. Next time, he will be more likely to not let fear keep him from trying to grow and serve.

Principles and Practices


  • Animal sanctuary for horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, and wildlife
  • Work and play with people to have purpose
  • Practice Love ’em and Lead ’em Leadership (natural horsemanship)
  • Advocate adoption and no-kill shelters except for mercy euthanasia
  • Support honored tradition of riderless horses at Veterans Day

Camp Rockhurst kids head to the barn, pond, and walking trail…


  • Students learning about and working with animals develop fitness, responsibility, education, courage, and instinctive personal leadership
  • People seeking to Master Goliaths can plan, renew, and begin action
  • Veterans Making Comebacks can heal better connecting with animals
  • People often treat other people and animals about the same when no one is looking so teaching higher levels of animal care and rights also helps human behavior, ethics, and social relationships in society.
Pike Video Snapshot (3-16-2017
Triple D Ranch and Farm, home of Life Leaders, is a good place for team meetings, events, and filming videos, such as this one where David prepared a message for university students and alumni.

Events at host Triple D Ranch or your location.


Grandfather teaching his grandchild about horses, nature…
Children can learn to pick and enjoy organically grown fruits and vegetables.


Dr. Dyson interviews University of Montevallo professor Dr. Susan Caplow after speaking on sustainable agriculture and personal leadership at Caplow’s “Environment and Society” class.

Dr. Dyson visited two sections of the University of Montevallo’s “Environment and Society” class to lecture on “Agricultural Sustainability and Personal Environmental Leadership.” Please feel free to use the following resources and share them with others!

Dr. Dyson speaks on “Agricultural Sustainability and Personal Environmental Leadership” at the University of Montevallo. (Slides and audio)

Principles and Practices

  • Grow fruits and vegetables organically using space at Triple D Farm
  • Teach classes on Sustainable Agriculture & Environmental Leadership

Uses of Food Grown

  • Feed animals naturally grown foods
  • Feed wildlife
  • Donate food to veterans in homeless shelters
  • Show and share food grown with students in lectures and classes.

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