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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Equestrian, Human Services, Sports, Sports Associations & Training Facilities, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our Mission is: to provide a place in perpetuity where individuals with disabilities can be successful, equal, and capable; growing to their maximum life''s potential through interaction with horses in a positive environment.We accomplish our mission by providing educational, recreational, and sport programming, including vocational/prevocational opportunities, to youth at risk and youth and adults with disabilities. Individuals are accepted without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. Our funding comes form individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Results: In the past 18 years 259 riders with disabilities achieved 168 first, 176 second, 159 third, 136 fourth, 118 fifth, 92 sixth, 17 seventh, 13 eighth, and 82 participation awards. Adjudicated youth (183) completed 2744 hours of court ordered community service with approximately 95% of them returning to a positive life pathway. High school students (164) worked 740 hours in facility and equipment maintenance to recoup credit for poor school attendance. The organization ran using 912 volunteers giving 47,352 volunteer hours providing 3,801 lessons in an outdoor setting.

Target demographics: people with disabilities ages 5 and older

Direct beneficiaries per year: 54 riders received 522 lessons, won 55 awards including 8 firsts.

Geographic areas served: the greater Houston area

Programs: Currently teaching youth and adults with disabilities and youth-at-risk to ride and care for horses. Our riders compete in the Top Hands Horse Show annually and as often as possible in an open show too. The adjudicated youth community service program continues to demonstrate a 95% success rate.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really do like this program I started coming around six years ago and I have never left since then I have Tourette syndrome and other disorders and also I am somewhat physically disabled because of my feet I had a major surgery around August 17 2012 and I had reconstructive surgery on one of my feet and I was out of school for 9 - 10 months and I started going back to the Stables when I was fully recovered I still could not do a lot of things so I started riding again and it was very difficult because of my feet and riding horses provided physical therapy for me I needed that so much so badly it was a Bittersweet healing process because my foot was hurt but I was doing the most enjoyable thing in the world to me and that is riding horses and this program and this program has given me so much joy and if I had a really hard week I can go out there and relax and let my troubles float away and the horses are so awesome the people that are out there are awesome as well I can't tell you how much I'm going here had a really rough week and went to my favorite horse and just held on to their neck and just cried and the horses have responded to that they have nudge so gently as an adjuster of it's going to be okay or either I'm here for you and when I get on it's just like all of it goes away I cannot tell you how much joy this program brings me every time when I go out there I'm always thinking about the horses about the people up there this is my second family and I thank God that he let me find this program

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this program. They have helped my son out a lot. The people there are very friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Dream Catcher for exactly 2 years today. I was drawn to them because of the horses. Not being able to have my own, it has been a wonderful opportunity for me to take part in caring for the 9 horses that belong to Dream Catchers. The best part of the experience has been meeting and assisting the athletes. I can see how the program makes such a positive impact in so many lives. I went for the horses , having no experience with the therapeutic part of the program , I have been so amazed by the people who participate.

A very well run charity!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mother to a son with a rare genetic condition that is life limiting. I stumbled across Dream Catchers Stables while trying to look for extracurricular therapies and activities that were special needs focused. The president of the organization, Sanna Rolling is AMAZING. She welcomed our family with open arms and is truly accommodating. When cost was a concern, she never let that be a limitation. I see her work with each and every one of her riders with true passion for the service she provides. As a speech therapist and previous special needs educator, Ms. Sanna models speech during session and also helps my son understand that riding is contingent on good behavior. The volunteers with whom she works are equally professional and excited to be a part of this unique opportunity she has created for others. I am EXTREMELY grateful to Dream Catchers for the JOY I see in my son when he gets to ride every week. Thank You

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a volunteer opportunity closer to my home last August. I found Dream Catchers and I am so glad I did. The owner teaches volunteers how to care, feed and groom the horses. She also gives a history lesson on each horse. It is also nice meeting the amazing families who come to bring their children to ride. This is an amazing place to volunteer for animal lovers and even those like me who have never been around horses.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They were so Amazing, I really felt like they made every kid feel like a super star. Like they were invincible

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers Stables has a very family oriented environment that focuses on each individual child's needs. I have watched several athletes/clients improve under Sanna's guidance. Great flexibility with weekend lesson hours too. I have made several recommendations to parents who have special needs children and young adults.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been looking for a few years for Equestrian Therapy for my daughter. I chanced upon the Dreamcatchers website and since they were within a good distance from my house I called. I spoke with Sanna and she was so personable and knowledgeable. What really helped me decide to sign my daughter up was the affordability and how involved all of the volunteers and parents are with this amazing therapy center. My child was so thrilled that she was abke to participate in the HLSR this year. Sanna really works with kids and understand what each child needs and helps them to not only acheive therapeutic goals, but to reach beyond.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a volunteer and athlete with Dream Catchers Stable for about six months. During this time she has discovered a wealth of friendship and encouragement in this amazing environment. Her connection with the horses, as an athlete, has brought her peace, laughter and the fulfilment of a dream; she has always wanted to ride, but has not been successful in finding people to support her. As a volunteer, she has grown under the guidance of Sanna Roling and has learnt much from Mrs Roling's passion for what she does. I would highly recommend this stable, and the people who work there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Catcher Stables is a hidden gem. Before finding Dream Catcher Stables, I had tried to volunteer with different organizations, but was turned down due to epilepsy. Sanna Roling imminently took me in and treated me like a normal human being, rather than someone that has a medical condition. To anyone that has, or knows someone with a disability I would highly recommend contacting Dream Catcher Stables and becoming part of a wonderful organization.
I am not sure I can praise the work done by Sanna Roling and all the other volunteer members of Dream Catcher Stables highly enough. Both volunteering and riding at Dream Catcher Stables, for me, is an amazing opportunity. I never thought that I would be able to volunteer to help other people with a disability feel normality. That is what Dream Catcher Stables has provided for me, along with wonderful people, I finally found a place where I feel like any other person, rather than having a label associate who I am.
Having the opportunity to participate with such a wonderful organization has allowed me to find friends and gives me something to look forward to each and every weekend. I would highly recommend anyone looking for volunteer, or riding, opportunities for those with a disability to contact Dream Catcher Stables and experience the true passion of the organization first hand.