In 2008, the Kaja and Grom Ranch Center was awarded the title of Animal Ambassador International Center for its 19 years of work in the field of animal understanding, which is a great honor for ranch itself.
Our mission is to connect people, animals and nature, so they would all live in coexistence.
We are committed to making society aware of the impact of individuals for a better future.
We believe, that each individual has to strive to the best of his or her ability to live in harmony, equality and peace, equally in both interpersonal relationships and in relation to nature and animals. We wish for people to be more connected with nature, animals and consequently with other people.
To teach people to understand animals and nature. If people get to understand the two, they will be able to feel with them and that is a big step forward from liking. If you feel with someone, you understand them and treat them with respect and friendliness. Our aim is to expand the boundaries of communication between man and nature.
Our vision, mission and aim closely connect animals, plants and people. All living beings co-create nature and our lives are so closely interconnected. As Animal Ambassadors we are aware of this and were also devoted to protecting plants and complete nature.
All the programs we offer at the Ranch Kaja and Grom have a touch of Animal Ambassador in it. Even with programs dedicated to the youth, the basics of horse speech and correct behavior in the horse’s proximity are explained at their level of understanding.
From the beginning of our work function our work has been focused on the wellbeing of animals and nature. In all our programs, guests learn information, that help them better understand horses and all other animals as well as nature. In order to help with that, 30 years ago, we established programes with horses, conversations about horses, then so called » First hour« and today renamed »Who the horses are«. We always adapt how we mediate information to wishes and age range. We entrust the “secrets” about animals to the younger children, with a bit older guests we talk about our furry and feathered friends, but for eldest guests there is a lecture/presentation ready.
Soon after the establishment of the Ranch Kaja and Grom, we began adopting horses and other animals which their owners no longer wanted or were able to have. Due to the limited space in the barn, we can only adopt or save a certain number of animals at a time, as our philosophy is not to sell them but to stay with us until their death. We strive to provide all animals with a safe and free home where they can relax and shine in all of their beauty.
From 1989 until…
Ever since the establishment of the Ranch Kaja and Grom, our work has differed from the then established way of working with horses in Slovenia. We tried to advocate for a friendly way of working with horses, and a lot of times there was gossip, that at the ranch we couldnt decide whether we would be riding or petting horses. Despite all, we continued our work and also upgraded and improved it. With this way of work, the Tellington TTouch method matched well, which is based on respect and comprehension of horses. Since 1993, we have included this method in our programs and in 1997 we organized a multi-day seminar of the Tellington TTouch method in Lipica with instructor Beo Borelle. In 2000, we went a step further and organized a seminar in Prestranek with the one and only founder of the method, Linda Tellington Jones. In 2004, Darja Žnidaršič attended a meeting of Animal Ambassadors in Germany. In the same year, the Ranch Kaja and Grom relocated and in 2008 we held an official opening, at which we received the title of Animal Ambassador International Center Slovenia. In 2012, we organized a meeting for Linda Tellington Jones to meet with then Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, in order to determine the state of life and status of animals in Slovenia and also to find ways to improve the situation. Manca Grubič presented the Animal Ambassador International Center Slovenia in 2013 in Santa Fe (United States), in 2015 in Vienna (Austria) and in 2017 in Bad Orb (Germany). In 2018, under the leadership of Darja Žnidaršič, we organized the International Conference Animal and nature Ambassadors on Rogla (Slovenia). At the conference participated ??? countries.