Dream Catcher Stables Inc
Rating: 5 stars 27 27 reviews 3,633
Children & Youth, Human Services, Sports
PO Box 1454 Spring TX 77383 USA
Our Mission is: to provide a place in perpetuity where individuals with disabilities can be successful, equal, and capable; growing to their maximum life''s potential through interaction with horses in a positive environment.We accomplish our mission by providing educational, recreational, and sport programming, including vocational/prevocational opportunities, to youth at risk and youth and adults with disabilities. Individuals are accepted without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. Our funding comes form individuals, corporations, and foundations.
In the past 10 years 159 riders with disabilities achieved 143 first, 155 second, 132 third, 117 fourth, 90 fifth, 67 sixth, 17 seventh, 13 eighth, and 67 participation awards. Adjudicated youth (168) completed 2601 hours of court ordered community service with approximately 95% of them returning to a positive life pathway. High school students (164) worked 740 hours in facility and equipment maintenance to recoup credit for poor school attendance. The organization ran using 449 volunteers giving 31,1955 volunteer hours providing 2,635 lessons in an outdoor setting.
people with disabilities ages 5 and older
Direct beneficiaries per year:
16 riders received 150 lessons, won 65 awards including 8 firsts.
Geographic areas served:
the greater Houston area
Currently teaching youth and adults with disabilities and youth-at-risk to ride and care for horses. Our riders compete in two horse shows annually. The adjudicated youth community service program continues to demonstrate a 97% success rate.
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It has been so refreshing to find Dream Catcher Stables, where my son is able to experience everything that he had longed to get from traditional sports (teamwork, friendship, etc.), in a setting that is both positive and encouraging. There are riders from every type of background and with varying types of disabilities. Everyone receives the same treatment regardless of who they are or what their ailment is. No one is degraded for what they can’t do. They are constantly praised for what they can do, and instructed on how to improve the things that they can’t (yet) achieve. They have succeeded in creating a feeling of community and friendship that is often elusive to people with disabilities. It is also very rewarding to see my children develop valuable connections / relationships with both the volunteers and the horses. They are truly disappointed when we get rained out, because they can’t see “Smokey” or “Lil Bit” this week. Every volunteer at Dream Catcher is wonderful to work with, and they take a genuine interest in all the riders and their families. They provide expert instruction, and they help each participant to achieve their highest level of attainment through a combination of encouragement and gently pushing them to do more than they believe is possible. When they are able to attain the next levels of achievement, the rewards are priceless. My son had trouble being in large crowds and being the center of attention, and so the fact that he was able to participate in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in front of an arena full of people was a huge accomplishment. The fact that he won his trail division to boot, gave him confidence that with hard work, anything is possible. These life lessons are truly a priceless tool that you have to experience in order to fully grasp the concept. Dream Catcher Stables has allowed my son to experience these things, and I am extremely grateful. This program not only helps people with disabilities, but also the parents of children with disabilities. For a long time I felt like I had to hover over my son for fear of him getting hurt, or that he would suffer mistreatment at the hands of others because of his disability. I have never had that concern with Dream Catcher. I would recommend Dream Catcher Stables to any person who is or family that has someone with a disability.
Dream Catchers been apart my son life during the time he was struggling to walk at age 7 now walking at age 18. We are so bless growing with this program. Dream Catchers is absolutely a genuine non-profit program that help the disabled grow build faith, patients, and inspire not to give up everyone has a purpose in life. The program is fun and exciting. My son enjoyed and also my family watching the progress. The journey was a purpose and I want to say Thank you Mrs. Sana Roling.
My daughter started this program because of someone recommending Dreamcatchers when I was sharing about her learning disorder. I couldn't ask for more, Sanna takes the time for this because she truly believes in it and I'm so greatful.
My son was in his first rodeo thanks to Sanna and Dream Catcher Stables. He had the time of his life and loves looking at his trophies and reminiscing about his next rodeo. Sanna and her volunteers are wonderful and do not expect anything in return.
I have seen this organization grow from a grass field to a professional organization that helps children of all ages and backgrounds. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. I have watched children's lives become more fulfilling and watched them come alive in this therapy! I have seen a kid headed the down the wrong path turn around when he won a belt buckle! I believe this was the 1st time in his life anyone cared and it was all due to Dream Catchers! Hours and hours have been put in by volunteers.
This is a very happy place, very kind and very educational program!
Mrs. Roling and Dream Catcher Stables appeared in our lives aprox. 7 years ago. Thanks to the dedication of the president (Mrs. Roling) , volunteers, athletes and their families our lives have been changed for the better. The practice of horse-therapy has been of great benefit for our son (with autism), since then he has participated in the Houston Rodeo, Special Olympics, and the most important activity of all is real connection with people, the wonderful improvement in social skills. our most honest gratefulness to you Mrs. Roling.
My son has Autism and was having a lot of problems in school. When Sanna Roling, the President, of Dream Catcher's Stables Inc., heard about our sons problems, she informed my husband and I about her program. We are very grateful for her, her vision of Dream Catcher Stables, and the volunteers that come out each week to assist the riders. She services individuals both children and adults with physical and mental disabilities and truly cares about each rider and their families. She doesn't turn anyone away and is very professional. We are so glad that we heard about this program. She puts 100% of the donations into her program and isn't looking for a profit like so many other therapy programs. Our son looks forward to riding the horses and seeing Mrs. Roling. He is learning a lot from being in her program.
I met the President of this organization as a freshman in high school in 2005 with the intentions of helping her and her helping me with an FFA equine project, and since then it has grown into so much more. Throughout high school I was a loner, depressed, I had family troubles and not many people I could consider friends; I felt like I was continuing to spiral downward. Since that first visit out there, I knew there was something about that property that had caught my attention and wouldn't let me drown. Almost ten years later, and I am still amazed at the changes, not just in the athletes that come to visit, but the volunteers, the families, the property, and even in myself. I look back at my years in high school and am extremely grateful for the day that I met Sanna and was introduced into the program. I know if it weren't for her and her dreams, the athletes that we'd catch singing as they rode around pond, the hugs we'd get right before they left, and the smiles we would see from the moment someone exited their car to the moment they left - that I would not be here to give thanks. I am proof that this program is not just for the athletes and the therapy, but for the volunteers and families that come to visit and end up becoming family as well.
Dream Catcher Stables is a wonderful place where those with physical and mental disabilities can ride and interact with horses. The stable is very flexible and can adapt to an individual rider's needs, whether the rider is fairly independent or needs additional support such as sidewalkers. There is a long wheelchair ramp so those with mobility issues can mount the horses easily. The horses are good-natured and when not working are allowed to graze and roam on the property, which has a pond and many trees. The volunteers are happy to pitch in whereever they are needed and seem to truly enjoy grooming the horses and assisting the riders. The founder and president is a positive, enthusiastic lady who welcomes everyone and really cares about people. Children in particular are motivitated to work on motor skills or emotional issues, motivated by the warm acceptance of the horses. This riding program brings peace and joy to riders and volunteers alike.
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My husband and I have been volunteering with Dream Catcher Stables Inc for 6 months now. I can't recall what we did with that time before. The athletes, horses and volunteers have become part of our week that we so look forward to. Our Sunday mornings are full of peacefulness, love and joy.
A little hard work given by our hands and a lot of reward in return. I cannot speak highly enough of this fulfilling endeavor and the vital role this charity plays in developing the riders abilities, confidence, strength and skill.
We've not only become part of the team of Dream Catchers but we've also got to know the riders and their families. We feel part of a vital community. I have learned so much through doing this and really encourage anyone to take part with us. You will love it too.
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