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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Helpline Youth Counseling.
Sarah does such a great job introducing inner-city children and teens to horses. She uses the opportunity to coach the kids in how to have courage and address fear. Over the past two years I have taken dozens of students to her Saturday programs and every one of them has loved it and talked about it long afterward. Sarah first does a mini-workshop with the kids, introducing them to Dusty (and now Luke too) and getting them used to being around such large animals. They give the horses carrots, brush them, walk them and take pictures with them. Then its off to the riding stables where the kids are paired up with trail horses and we all go on an hour long ride. Most of them have never experienced anything like this before, interacting with and trusting such a huge creature! They always come back with big smiles and lots of unique, personal stories. Then Sarah takes the kids to Shakey's pizza for a chance to write their experience and continue swapping stories over pizza and games. I can't thank Sarah and all the Dusty's Riders volunteers enough for what they've given, and continue to give our students!
Every so months my school (Dream Center Academy) goes to Dusty's and its so much fun.
I would go here anytime.
Dusty's riders was a very good experince especiallly for me I was scared cause it was my first time riding a horse. I was terrified but they talked me out of it saying it'll be okay so I got over it eventually and just rode the horse like a boss. Thank you very much Dusty riders for inviting us to ride and learn how to ride and groom the horse.
Dream Center Academy Student:Olivia Oduleye
Every year at DC Academy my history teacher asks the student body if they would want to go on a field trip to dusty's riders, and a group of at least 12-15 students sign up. we just went visited this saturday that passed and let me tell you it was amazing. i feel that its a great experience for kids who have never ridden horses. this is my second time going and I've never left disappointed. the staff at the organization are amazing there humorous and loving. i can tell that they love what there doing. i hope what have written today reaches out to people so that they can receive the same experience i have.
Dusty's Riders is an excellent charity helping at risk youth. I had the pleasure of attending a ride recently and the sheer joy these kids experience is so incredibly heartwarming. Sarah is one of the most committed non-profiter I've ever met and to see the way the kids take to her and vice versa, as well as to both Dusty and now Luke, is amazing. I highly recommend this charity.