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Kylie Read – Kylie hails from News South Wales.  She was born in Forbes and was riding by the time she was three.  She has always been passionate about horses and rescuing lost and hurt animals.  After completing her trade qualifications as a carpenter, Kylie spent 3 months on a short term mission trip to Peru where she changed the language!  The Peruvian people had never seen a female carpenter before and had to make up a title for her.  On her return to Australia she went to the Sydney Mission Bible College to do a Diploma in Theology and Mission. 

Kylie also found work with Wesley Missions Homeless Persons Services as a handyperson.  This employment continued after her college finished and she became a welfare worker and then community support worker.  It was here she met Ruth.  They decided to pool their resources to buy a house in Granville, Sydney which was built in 1884.  They renovated this cottage.  This was such a successful idea that they decided to buy property together.  As Ruth’s parents were in need of care, they bought the property in Gympie (close to Ruth’s parents) with the view of having some sort of Christian ministry operating on the property.

Ruth Polley was born in Queensland.  For a significant part of her childhood she lived in Gympie and Tin Can Bay. Ruth is a registered teacher and taught for a number of years in Clermont.  After a year in London, she moved to Sydney and attended Wesley Institute studying Drama.  She also started working for Wesley Mission Homeless Persons Services and, by the time she left in 2005, had worked for them for 17 years.

Ruth and Kylie called their property Chelem (Kay’lem) which means a dream of healing and restoration and in 2007 heard of the Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch and the work they did with rescuing horses and working with youth.  The idea of what was being achieved in Oregon, clicked with them for an Australian experience.  The sharing of the idea with friends resulted in a trip to the United States to attend the Crystal Peaks clinic.  This occurred in 2009. It was here that the name Hope Reins occurred to them as a name for the programme. 
Incorporation occurred at the beginning of 2010 and the first participants arrived in April of that year.

Our Mission

Rescue the equine

Restore relationships, trust and hope

Re-create and transform the whole person

What We Do

Participants attend the programme for up to 8 weeks. One leader and one participant are paired for private sessions. These sessions are flexible depending on the needs of the participants and may include:

Meeting our extraordinary horses

Horse handling & riding

Building relationships

Farm maintenance

Our Vision

Healing Horses Helping Hurting Humans

Hope Reins is a faith based organisation. We believe that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ gives us hope. We love to share this hope with others of any age or background. Faith on the farm is lived, not preached. We love to make our horses accessible to people because they can bring healing to a hurting person. Our aim is to assist people of all ages in the Gympie Region who live disadvantaged lives, to develop life skills that will encourage them to reach their full potential.

The Hope Reins programme is open to people aged 3 to 103.

Board Members

Kylie Read – Chair

Ruth Polley – Secretary

Colin Bartholomew

Sue Pickles

Deirdre Wilson – Treasurer