Dustys Riders

Rating: 4.99 stars   68 reviews

Address:

7200 Franklin Ave Ste. 314 Los Angeles CA 90046 USA

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

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323-876-3079
www.dustysriders.org

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Reviews for Dustys Riders

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great volunteer opportunity. I have been volunteering with them for years and every time I go it is a wonderful experience. The children love spending time with Dusty and for many this is their first time around a horse or let alone an animal.

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?

A lot

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have enjoyed all my experiences with Dusty's Riders. I started as an active volunteer for several years and then served in the board for a bit of time as well. I can' t express enough how this non profit has benefited not only the at risk children it serves but the people who volunteer and support it as well. In seeing the enthusiastic faces of the children and and the fearful ones as well, I found a sense of pride and happiness when seeing them walk away from the whole day and experience changed. And all for the better! They are more confident in their abilities to try new things after they cowboy or cowgirl up for the first time! And that new found courage and confidence surely sets them up to tackle other challenges that will arise throughout their lifetime when they arise!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I enjoy every minute of the hours I put in for Dusty's Riders. Just to see the looks of pure joy on the kids faces as they ride a horse for the fist or second time is priceless. Dusty is amazing with them and the kids just love him. Hats off to Sarah Williams and Dusty!

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've volunteered with Dusty's Riders a few times, and it has always been an absolute pleasure to spend the day doing so! Learning about the horses in the morning and then getting to ride in the afternoon is extremely valuable for the kids and I can't speak highly enough of the program.

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

change nothing!

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Dusty's Riders is an amazing organization that takes introduces at-risk kids to horses and takes them on horseback rides through Griffith Park. I always have a great time when I volunteer. It is fun hanging out with Dusty the horse and getting to know the kids and seeing them interact with horses, sometimes for the first time. Dusty's Riders opens up a whole new world to at-risk kids and teens and gives them a huge boost of confidence.

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Sarah and Dusty have a great thing going! It is nearly ridiculous to call it volunteering when really you get the wonderful opportunity to hang out with a group of excited kids, go horseback riding and spend time out in the beautiful outdoors of Southern California. Dusty's Riders meets each child on their level (an apprehensive child who isn't quite sure about this whole horseback riding thing) and then gently nudges them to take a risk and believe in themselves. By the end of the day - the kids are all laughing and surprised that they ever even considered not getting up on the horse. It is just fantastic to see kids who often have very little control over their day to day circumstances take ahold of the reins and recognize that their confidence is important. This is really just a one in a million organization that I love to volunteer with as often as I can.

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

make it so more children have access to this great organization. However, we all know that it takes more money and more people's time to make that kind of change. If you are in a position to help Dusty's Riders - do it! You are making a wonderful investment.

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?

A lot

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Fantastic Organization. All children need to be exposed to horses - to understand what it is like to care for and treat an animal with the respect and reverence they deserve. At-risk children are no different. I am please to have have volunteered for such a wonderful program and look forward to participating again in the future.

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

to see kids gain confidence within themselves. Some kids come in nervous about working with such large and powerful animals. But, they quickly learn they are capable of working with horses when provided with the right tools and encouragement to succeed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Dustys riders is a wonderful nonprofit organization. I very much enjoy volunteering for them. When the the kids first arrive the majority of them are scared, apprehensive and afraid to even get close to a horse. As the day goes on; you see their confidence build and you see them interacting, relaxing and just enjoying the experience. It is valuable life lessons that they learn and will take them through life on their journey.

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My first experience was great!!! I had the opportunity to take my daughter along with other kids from our organization and she had a blast. It was all she could talk about for the rest of the day. She now wishes to be a professional rider and to become a teacher to help other children learn to love and get over their fear of riding a horse. Her Grandma is a real cowgirl and she was so excited to tell grandma that she rode a horse!! Sarah and the other guides were amazing, patient, caring and fun!!! This program really teaches you the meaning of patience. WE LOVE DUSTY!!!

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

Not change a thing!!!

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?

2013

 
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