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November 2, 2011
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November 2, 2011
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I learned about Dusty's Riders a few years ago through a mutual friend of mine and Sarah's, and finally was able to start volunteering this summer. I was amazed by Sarah's energy and ability to involve every kid and make each one feel special. It is such fun to watch the kids evolve throughout the day, and see the glow in their faces after the ride. Horses have such power, and I truly believe that meeting Dusty changes the lives of these kids for the better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reading the questionnaires the kids fill out after their day. Many say it was the best day of their lives.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me wish that I could make the dream of the ranch come true, so that more kids could have this wonderful experience.

November 1, 2011

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November 1, 2011

The best experience a kid (and adult) can have. Not only do they learn about confidence, but team work as well. It's a great program that send a positive message.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 28, 2009

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September 28, 2009

I have been volunteering with Dusty's Riders for over two years. The kids are wonderful to work with and Sarah's program is such a great hands-on learning experience for them. They learn about horse behavior, care and handling, but most of all, they learn about themselves. The experience helps kids-at-risk grow and come to understand that they can do so much more than they ever dreamed possible. It has been a difficult year for non-profits, but somehow, Sarah has managed to keep the program going. Unfortunately, two of our Rancho Oso outings in Santa Barbara were canceled this fall due to lack of funding. On these all-day trips, we pass by the ocean on our way to the ranch. Many of the children have never seen the ocean before and have never been outside of the LA area. Experiencing new things like this lifts the spirits of these children and gives hope where there was none. At the ranch, the kids learn to rope a cow, watch real working cowboys and a cattle dog herd cattle and watch how bulls are trained to perform in rodeos. They get to ride horses along a beautiful trail in the mountains, play games on horseback, eat at a chuck wagon and make Native American dream catchers. It's a day filled with learning, fun and confidence-building. Each new experience helps these children learn how to "cowboy up" when the going gets tough.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the kids' smiles at the end of an outing. Kids who were scared in the beginning are grinning from ear to ear at the end of the day. They write comments on a questionnaire and say their favorite was the thing that scared them at first.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I love working with the kids and seeing a child who was afraid at first open up and have fun.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Everyone has been friendly and helpful. Always nice people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the program -- buy a ranch where they'd have more horses and be able to get more kids/organizations involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 16, 2009

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September 16, 2009

My husband and I met Sarah at a mutual friends play. We sat next to each other at the play and during the intermission she told me about Dusty's Riders. My husband and I had wanted to get involved with a great organization and volunteer for quite sometime. After hearing about Dusty's Riders we knew this was the right one for us. We volunteered for the first time in August and absolutely loved it! We had the best time hanging out with the kids and getting to see the smiles on their sweet faces when they fed Dusty for the first time. It just melted our hearts! Sarah has done a wonderful job with Dusty's Riders. She is so great with the kids and makes sure that every moment is memorable and special for each child. We are so blessed to have met such a kind and giving woman. My husband and I look forward to volunteering more for Dusty's Riders. :) We absolutely enjoy every minute of it!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing all the amazing effort and time that goes into every minute of the outing for the kids. This organization is about making dreams come true and is doing it one outing at a time!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 15, 2009

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September 15, 2009

I have known of Dusty's Riders for about 3 years as I met Sarah at a Equine Affair @ LA Fargrounds. I have been well aware of the great program provided to inner city kids through receiving the newsletter & speaking with Sarah on several occasions. I finally got to experience the program first hand this summer, when my daughter & I volunteered to work on one of the outings. Dusty's Riders provides an extremely positive program where children from challenging home lives & neighborhoods can come and experience the joys of horses through an educational program of grooming, feeding & trail riding in addition to other topics covered. The children learn a new skill while overcoming fears which can be carried into other aspects of their lives. I have worked with children in the horse industry for many years and know that much can be accomplished through a program of this nature. These children are in great need of positive role models, positive and encouraging experiences that the horses provide, as well as a outlet for them to just relax and be kids for awhile without the stresses of their everyday lives. Sarah does an awesome job providing this for the children whose lives she is able to touch and I would love to see her be able to provide these opportunities in a greater way, without the struggles she encounters due to lack of funds. I commend her wholeheartedly and nominate Dusty's Riders for this award. It couldn't go to a better organization. Sincerely, Laura Edwards

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very positive, encouraging and willing to do whatever is needed for the benefit of the children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Purchase a ranch of it's own to provide an all-encompassing program for the children to experience the joys of horses on a greater scale, allowing more lives to be touched, without having to transport them to various locations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 15, 2009

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September 15, 2009

My 17 year old daughter and her friend volunteered for Dusty's Riders last month. They had a great time and were very impressed by the way the program is run. The kids really seemed to get a lot out of the experience and for a volunteer, that makes the time spent worthwhile. They will definitely volunteer again and hopefully will be a part of the program for as long as it exists!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make it's program a part of every school so that kids from cities, underprivileged children, all children could learn about horses - how to care for them, how to ride them. Horse back riding is expensive even for people of means.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 10, 2009

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September 10, 2009

I truly enjoyed my experience with Dusty's Riders. It was wonderful watching the children learn about the horses and being able to interact with Dusty. Not only does the program offer the kids a chance to ride horses, which is always a wonderful opportunity, but it also teaches them how to face adversity. It was wonderful to watch the kids face their fears going down the hill on a horse and remembering to "cowgirl up." I could clearly see how that phrase inspired them to face their fear and go down the hill, and realize that it wasn't that bad at all. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with the kids while getting to ride a horse and remember how happy that made me as child as well. Dusty's Riders is an excellent organization that I hope to volunteer with in the future.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Riding with the kids and having a chance to talk with them

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 16, 2009

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August 16, 2009

It's hard to believe this is a non-profitable program because the great kicks that come with it! These children are completely and freely offered the chance to get a better grasp on the nature of horses, riding the horses, and learning to experience one another's company in a group. It's hand-on time for children to get out and try something new! I cannot believe so many individuals were able to ride on their own horse at the equestrian center. :) I really liked that everything followed up smoothly and there was No hassle with moving forward in the day. Good, relaxing organization, and a very good day at Dusty's Riders.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have the children explore the stables more and find some fun facts about horses to tell to them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that i got to spend time interacting with horses and that my best friend was with me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and very down to earth.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

absolutely raise enough money to shelter other horses and become a nation wide organization.

Ways to make it better...

I was able to interact with the children more one at a time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 7, 2009

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August 7, 2009

I volunteer with this organization and it is wonderful! The kids come from different ethnic and neighborhood backgrounds, and at first, they kind of circle around each other and jockey for position and check each other out. Then, they mount up, and all differences fade away -- they're just kids having fun. The huge smiles on their faces, even those who are scared of the horses at first, are marvelous!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide this wonderful service to many many more underprivileged kids.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 7, 2009

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August 7, 2009

The members at our Boys & Girls Club have used Dusty's Riders for years. The expereince is rewarding and unique. This organization brings our children opportunities they would never expereince otherwise.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the opportunities they offer to children who would not otherwise be able to have such an experience.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Ways to make it better...

the horses were better behaved!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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