Ranger’s Refuge is the 501(c)(3) non-profit  sanctuary program at Gallastar Equine Center Inc. We are currently home to over 200 formerly abused, neglected, homeless,  and other surrendered farmed animals. Click below to learn more about our sanctuary!


Gallastar Open House

Ranger's Refuge at Gallastar welcomes you to our Open House, on October 19th. Mark your calendars!

Just two years ago, Ranger's Refuge at Gallastar moved from Afton, VA to our current property in Esmont, VA, just outside of Scottsville. In those two years, we've worked hard to settle all our animals in their forever pastures & establish ourselves as a part of the Scottsville community. Now,  we would like to officially welcome our community to visit the sanctuary & see for yourselves the important, life saving work we do rescuing animals & providing therapy for those in need. 

The Gallastar Open House will take place on October 19th, from 10am to 3pm at our sanctuary, at 3309 Irish Road, Esmont VA. The event will have fun for the whole family, with a Used Tack Sale, a Silent Auction, Tours of the Sanctuary, Vegan Food, & Visits with the Animals! 

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Volunteers, Vendors, Exhibits, & Sponsors!

We value the support of our local community, which is why we would like to welcome you to become a vital part of our Open House.

Interested in being more involved with the Gallastar Open House? Sign up as a volunteer, vendor, exhibitor, or sponsor on the Event Page below.

Event Page

Sponsors needed


A Family in Need of a Home

 Pearl & her mom, a 16 year old pony from Chincoteague, were living on a farm with Pearl's dad, Yellow Jacket, who is half Mustang and half Chincoteague pony.

Because their former owners needed to sell their farm & move, they offered all 3 horses up "free to a good home." 

The whole family was at risk for ending up in the slaughter line.


Rescued & Given Sanctuary

Fortunately, the whole family was rescued by Ranger's Refuge just in time.

Yellow Jacket was able to be rescued first, early in the summer of 2019. After fundraising for a run-in shed & organizing transport, Pearl & her mother quickly followed him to sanctuary by August. Now the entire family is reunited in their forever home.

Our Sanctuary staff is working hard to help the family adjust to their new life- Yellow Jacket has been gelded & is waiting recovery to join Pearl & her mom in their own, private pasture.


Seeking Sponsors

The whole family is in need of Sponsors, to help with their continued success & happiness at Ranger's Refuge. Sponsoring an individual horse at Ranger's Refuge is a $50 commitment per month. Will you make the commitment today to sponsor their monthly feed, shelter, & veterinary costs?

The lucky sponsor of Pearl's mom will have the opportunity to name her! We would love to host her sponsor for a visit to the sanctuary to meet her, but we are also happy to send videos & pictures to help you get a sense of her personality before a name is chosen, if you are unable to travel to Esmont.

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A Bit About Us

Our Team


 Ron and Lorelei Pulliam are the propietors of Gallastar Equine Center and Ranger's Refuge at Gallastar. We also rely on dedicated volunteers- if you'd like to join us, we'd love to hear from you! 

Our History


 Since 1994, Gallastar and Ranger's Refuge have been a center for therapeutic horseback riding and animal rescue that has specialized in serving young people with cognitive and emotional difficulties. 

Our Mission


 Ranger's Refuge is the animal sanctuary arm of Gallastar Equine Center, Inc. With a main focus on pigs, it is currently home to almost 200 animals.  We aim to give each and every one of them forever homes, and to build a future where no animal is ever brought into the world to be unwanted or exploited. 

Ranger the Easter Pig

This is a story of a friend, Ranger the pig, who found his way to us Easter of 1990 and fulfilled a promise from long ago and changed our lives. Watch this video to learn about the origins of Ranger's Refuge and the start to our sanctuary for all living beings.