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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Human Services, Youth Centers & Clubs, Youth Development Programs

Mission: We provide at-risk children interactions with horses, taking them out of their present environment, exposing them to opportunities for personal growth building self-esteem and self-awareness.

Results: We currently work with four Boys & Girls clubs (Burbank, Variety (in East LA), West San Gabriel Valley and Watts-Willowbrook) The Dream Center, Helpline Youth Counseling and Dubnoff Center Valley Group Home. We have up to 40 kids visit us per month.

Geographic areas served: Greater Los Angeles Area

Programs: Take at-risk children on horse outings

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were very pleased with our Dusty's Riders field trip this Fall! Dusty's Riders invited a small group of our high school students from the "I Have a Dream" Foundation, Los Angeles to visit their ranch and then take an hour long horseback riding trip through Griffith. Throughout the trip the Dreamers were attentive, engaged, and inquisitive about every aspect of the trip. They were able to learn the proper anatomy of a horse and actually identify these parts in person. Then, they learned the importance of grooming a horse and were able to take part in the process. The best part of the trip for them, was the horseback riding, when they were able to put the skills they learned to the test. Not a nervous bone was present and they enthusiastically approached their assigned horse! To wrap up the day, the Dreamers shared their experiences with one another over pizza at Shakey's. We greatly appreciate Sarah and her group of volunteers for their efforts and making the experience enjoyable for our Dreamers who typically would not have the opportunity to ride a horse coming from a big city.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going to Dusty Riders was an INCREADABLY AMAZING experience!!! Especially if you want to adventure new things! Grooming and learning how to walk the horses was amazing! It was like if we all made imidate connection with the horses! Everyone was really super friendly and they were all concerned for our safety. Thanks to the I Have A Dream Foundation I was able to experience this UNFORGETABLE experience!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This September 17, I Had a Dream and myself attended Dusty Riders. We went with a group of 11 to experience the feeling of riding a horse. My experience at Dusty Riders was unforgettable to say the least. It was my first time on an actually horse, and it was very satisfying. I felt protected which eased my freight during the ride. I would recommend anyone to attend and enjoy the experience I had the blessing to feel. The staff is remarkable and very attentive to the rider. Great visit overall!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going to Dusty's Riders was my first time being around horses. My experience was incredible. Mrs. Sarah and her friendly team of volunteers made sure that my experience there was a comfortable and inner active one filled with getting to know the horses, fun, and learning about horses. While I was attending Dusty's Riders with the I Have a Dream Foundation of Los Angeles, I was given the opportunity to groom, feed, walk, and horseback ride. As a whole my experience was incredible and I recommend it for anyone interested in horses or horseback riding.

Catherine91

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dusty's Riders is an incredible non-profit working with at-risk youth, unparalleled in its dedication of providing otherwise unattainable experiences for a wide ranging group of youths. As a regular volunteer, I have first hand knowledge of how horses heal and nurture and how the kids learn to get past fears. Most common quote heard each outing: "This was one of the best days of my life." Just recently, a teen conveyed how she felt she had 'found herself again.' It's outcomes like these that make Dusty's Riders such an amazing organization. Cowboy/Cowgirl up! Hee-Haw!

Michelle386

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lets help Sarah, Dusty and Luke continue to nurture the children from youth groups across the greater LA area. In a controlled and safe environment, the students learn and practice various skills, having hands on experience with beautiful horses. Confidence is built with knowledge, teamwork, positive reinforcement and lots of encouragement. It is a fun, adventures day filled with laughter and life changing experiences. Did I mention there is pizza at the end of the day? As a volunteer, I am so thankful to be part of this human/equine magic.

Thank you,
Michelle J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the best time in my life riding with dusty riders. They were extremely professional and taught us a lot about horses and how to ride properly. All of the kids riding with us had a blast and it was definitely an unforgettable trip for all of us!! I would do it again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is amazing. I have been volunteering with them for years and I will definitely be continuing with them for many more. Sarah is fantastic and really great with the kids. I love when I go back and see some of the children again or hear about how much they love this program. Everyone that I have introduced to this program enjoy it as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with Dusty's Riders. It is such a great organization and Sarah is amazing. Her dedication to the children is inspirational. Spending time with the children and horses really make my Saturday mornings. Plus the pizza is delicious

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Sarah several years ago and have gone to a fundraiser event. It was fun. I think Dusty's Riders is a great program and donate somewhat regularly. I also appreciate that my employer's charitable arm has Dusty's Riders recognized in their database so I could get my donations matched.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dusty's Riders has had nothing but positive outcomes when ever we have brought our at risk youth that get invited. Every youth that has been on this trip has left wanting to do it all over again and with new found courage to do something out of their comfort zone. I am so glad their are organizations like this one that take the time to help the next generation to Cowboy and Cowgirl up!
Thanks Dusty's Riders till next time.

Chris Arroyo
Helpline Youth Counseling.