Dustys Riders

Rating: 4.98 stars   47 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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

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?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dusty's riders is a Fantastic program, which teaches kids and adults of all ages about the wonderful world of horses. Many of these kids may have never being able to be on horse, let alone being able to afford to ride a horse. FANTASTIC PROGRAM , SARAH and DUSTY!

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

Nothing!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Dusty's Riders program has been a great program for our members at the Boys and Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley, our members enjoy every aspect of this program,from Dusty , horseback riding, sleepovers, Rancho Oso,etc. Our staff enjoy the outings

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

our members lives, many of our members can not afford such or never been on a horse before, this is a great experience for them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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