Valley couple shining light on disabled children through love and horses

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John and Sheila Robinson help disabled children on their Phoenix ranch. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) John and Sheila Robinson help disabled children on their Phoenix ranch. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

John and Sheila Robinson spend every day teaching kids how to ride and take care of horses.

"Its all about the children," said John. "Seeing their faces light up, being able to control something that's bigger than themselves."

"It keeps us grounded," said Sheila. "It lets us know that life is bigger than he and I."

But there's more to the Robinson Ranch in south Phoenix than just riding lessons.

Most of the 200 equine students they see every week have some type of physical or emotional disability.

The Robinsons have created a therapeutic-assisted learning center that's changing lives by giving challenged children a chance to heal, grow and do something they never thought possible.

"I think seeing moms and dads smile that their child can do this is amazing to me," said Sheila. "It's a huge bonus for us to see that."

Helain Day has seen what a difference the Robinsons are making in our community.

"They have worked with everybody who has come through these doors, whether they could pay or not," said Day. "These lessons would ordinarily be very expensive, and they make it achievable and attainable for our community."

Day wanted to say thank you, so she reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward to the Robinsons.

"You bring a gift tho the community here in south Phoenix that we would never have," Day told the Robinsons. "And there aren't enough ways to say thank you. You work so hard every single day. We see what you do, and you do it with a smile, and because you want to and love to ."

"Life comes full circle," said Sheila. "You give, and it comes back to you, so it's a blessing."

For more information on Robinson Ranch, go to http://robinsonranch.org.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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