I have been riding with this organization for going on 6 years. Sanna is very encouraging, and my skills have improved greatly over the years. I have several physical challenges such as a below the knee amputation, an artificial hip, and have arthrogryposis. I will always support this awesome program.
I joined Dream Catchers when I was around 10 years old. From the minute I got there they treated with respect and care. I’m 13 and still enjoy going to ride even if I’m only there for a few minute. If your thinking of joining for volunteering or riding then I recommend it
I have grandchildren that I am raising with ASD. I called many horsemanship programs and this is the only program that even bothered to call back. After visiting and participating with the program, I found the experience offered to children and adults with disabilities is exceptional.
My grandson is on the Spectrum and been riding with Dream Catchers since 2015. He benefits from the riding lowering his anxiety levels, but most importantly he has learned to be part of a team understanding the meaning of commitment, reliability and pride not only for his own achievements but for those of others.
I thank Sana and everyone else for the great work they do!
So since 2016 I’ve been going to and taking my two daughters to Dream Catchers. The stables are more than just a place for you to go ride a horse. It is a place where you are part of something so much bigger. Why your there is not what matters you being there being part of this family. The horses want you to let them take on everything thing that is holding you back they want you to have their freedom. I have all ways said the outside of a horse is so good for the inside of a human. Then you get to Miss Sanna she has a heart of gold the size of Texas. Everything she does she does it with her heart. She does her best to help everyone. In ending I don’t reckon I’d rather find myself anywhere other than Dream Catchers.
Life without labels pretty much sums up Dream Catcher Stables. When I’m out at the stables with my daughters we are part of a family. I myself find it very therapeutic being at the stables the horses the other volunteers the athletes. There truly is something about Dream Catchers that you won’t find any where else the since of belonging to a family that looks beyond the disability a family that loves you.
My son who is on the spectrum, has been riding with Dream catcher stables for 4 years now, it has helped Diego gained confidence and his anxiety level decreased.
He is very happy when we go. The president Sanna is an amazing human being that really cares for her riders and volunteers.
We love being part of this community.
I am a volunteer at Dream Catcher Stables. I feed our nine beautiful horses two days a week. On weekends I help with the riding and horsemanship programs we offer to disabled and handicapped young folks and adults. I am retired and now have time to do more things that I enjoy but my time is not limitless. I am grateful for my situation in life and feel that I want to include some amount of community service in my activities. This is not a perfect world and there are many people, animals, and organizations that need help. The Government can’t meet everyone’s needs though it might try. I know I am only one person but I want to do my part. Volunteering takes time, energy, and sometimes money and it can mean a lot of hard work. I am happy that I became acquainted with Dream Catcher Stables several years ago and have made volunteering there a meaningful part of my life. Over the years I have met many wonderful people through the program including generous volunteers and serious athletes who want to do their best regardless of their limitations. It is truly amazing to see how the interaction of the athletes and our horses has such positive results. In many of our athletes, I have witnessed improved confidence, self-esteem, and physical strength. Their family members often tell us how the experiences at our barn have positively affected their lives at home, and school, or work. We are a small organization but we are providing services to an ever growing number of athletes. We have aspirations of growing our facilities to better serve our athletes and meet the future demands. It is rewarding to be a part of an organization that manages its limited assets well and offers so much with very little.
Parker Cheplick is 15 years old, and is on the Autism Spectrum. He has been riding horses at Dream Catcher Stables since he was in 3rd grade. He is now in 9th grade. Dream Catcher Stables and Sanna Roling were a lifesaver. Parker was having a very difficult time in school at the beginning of his 3rd grade year and was having a lot of meltdowns and anxiety because of it. He was not wanting to go to school and crying every morning for the 1st time in his life. My husband and I were at our wits end and were losing sleep due to spending a lot of time at the school trying to figure out ways to help him because he was having meltdowns on a daily basis every afternoon. We honestly thought one of us was going to lose our jobs because of the constant phone calls and having to go the school and take Parker home after each meltdown. At that time, he was also not speaking in complete sentences and still didn’t comprehend everything that was said to him. That is when Sanna told us about her horseback riding program. Parker immediately loved riding horses and gained new confidence. Parker had something to look forward to each week and he began talking more. Sanna and her volunteers treated him as a person, not as someone with a disability.
Parker has gained so many positive qualities from Dream Catcher Stables that it is hard to remember them all. Some include the following: talking more, being more patient, improvement in his overall behavior, able to listen to instruction better, being part of a team, having more confidence, better eye hand coordination, better balance, (e.g. he learned how to ride a bike and ski as a result of balancing on the horses), meeting new friends, feeling special, and participating in a rodeo. He rarely has meltdowns due to overstimulation anymore since joining Dream Catcher Stables.
I have to admit that when Parker started at Dream Catcher Stables, Sanna kept talking about how Parker would be in the The Top Hands Rodeo and I didn’t believe that Parker would actually be able to tolerate or participate in the rodeo, but she had faith in him and he won several trophies that year. He talks about the rodeo throughout the year and cherishes his trophies. Currently, he has participated in 5 rodeos and he is looking forward to the next one.
Dream Catcher Stables has been a blessing not only for Parker, but for our whole family so we are eternally grateful that we found this wonderful organization. We are able to attend 3 rodeos and other events together and have met many wonderful and caring people.
Sanna Roling has an even bigger vision for her athletes, horses, and volunteers so I am hoping that this small synopsis of what she has done for us will help achieve her achieve that goal.
My son Parker is on the Autism Spectrum. We came to Dream Catcher Stables Inc about 3 years ago after Sanna Roling heard about Parker's school situation. He was having a very difficult time in school with anxiety and meltdowns and was actually scared to go to school. My husband and myself found ourselves at the school on a daily and/or weekly basis. I t became difficult to do our jobs due to the anxiety and anticipation of phone calls. Parker's self help skills had also regressed at this point. Our family was struggling at this point. Mrs. Roling immediately invited Parker to come to Dream Catcher Stables Inc. Upon Parker's arrival to Dream Catcher Stables Inc, he immediately felt at home and was treated with respect and kindness. This is truly a place where our family doesn't have to apologize for his behavior and acceptance. His confidence and self esteem are continuing to grow. He has become more verbal as well as his balance has improved. He is now able to ride a bicycle without training wheels and is able to focus and not crash into things thanks to the skills Mrs. Roling and her volunteers have taught him. He looks forward to coming every week. Mrs. Roling also believed in him and gave him an opportunity to participate and in the Top Hands Rodeo two years in a row. He is very proud of his trophies and the memories that he has from each rodeo. We have also witnessed the care and individual attention that is given to every rider. Mrs. Roling doesn't turn any rider away even if they don't have any means to pay. She has tried very hard to raise money to buy some permanent land. However, it is very difficult in today's economy. My hope and wish for her is that she is able to buy the land so that she can make a difference in many more lives for years to come.
Una institucion increible con personal maravilloso a mi hija Daniela con Autismo severo no verval el tener esta terapia de caballo le a ayudado Bastante en su comportamiento, y todos son grandiosas personas muy amables y gentiles .una experiencia maravillosa.
I cannot tell you enough good things about this organization. My daughter loves to ride horses, and she looks forward to it on the weekends. She is learning to be patient and wait for her turn. the volunteers are phenomenal as well.
This program has brought such joy to my family. My daughter was not very confident in riding and unsure of participating in the Top Hands Horse Show. We went and she had a blast. Not only did she enjoy participating, but was very excited in telling me new things she learned. Her school has also told me that have noticed a big change in her maturity this year in be able to express herself in a more calm manner. This program has also been a great support system for me as well, as a parent when needing a little direction when struggling. I also enjoy seeing all of the excitement and achievements that I get to see everyone accomplish. There is nothing like watching someone realize there own personal growth.
This program has been a God Sent for my grandson. He has developed self confidence, and more inportant empathy. We love and appreciate all the people who have patiently helped him. Barbara Glass
My daughter had a difficult time attending dream catcher stables at the beginning. Everyone was so patient and happy to work with her. Soon enough she looked forward to Saturday rides. I never would have thought that one day she would be in the rodeo. Dream catcher stables made that possible and much more. They are a great team to be part of on this long journey.
In my last review, I spoke about how nice it was to find this organization, and how it has been such a breath of fresh air to find a place that allows people with special needs to learn and have fun in an exceptional / nonthreatening environment. Quite some time has passed since that review. So, I am writing to provide an update on how things have gone since then.
I have been going with my both of my children to Dream Catcher Stables for the better part of 6 + years now. I will attempt to express things in this review that are not easily put into words. Our family has chosen to go beyond just having an athlete / rider in the program. We have decided to become volunteers as well (myself, son and daughter). While it was always evident before, with this new perspective it is even more clear, the dedication, patience, perseverance, and positivity that this organization operates with. This organization is 100% volunteer driven. People giving up every weekend 5-6 hrs on both Sat & Sun, so that they can make a positive difference in their community. And for many of the long-time volunteers, it is a daily activity to maintain the facilities and to feed and groom the horses. They don't do it because they are forced to, because they are getting paid, or to make some quota. They genuinely enjoy spending their time working with these riders, so they do everything necessary to make sure they can saddle up on the weekends. They help to show these riders the value of demanding work, a sense of community, friendship, acceptance, and a belief that they can do anything they put their mind to and work hard to accomplish.
From the founder (Sanna Roling), down to the newest volunteer, everyone buys into the mission of the organization and the feeling of being with your extended family for a few hours on the weekend. It helps make sure these athletes are getting out of the house (off the devices), seeing the beauty of the outdoors, working with the animals, getting some physical activity, and in many cases; it also gives a bit of a break to the parents of these riders. These parents who are on duty 24/7/365, get a chance to also get out of the house for a few hours. It doesn’t sound like much, but as a parent of a special needs child, I can tell you that you get tired of the exasperated looks, the not so discreet pointing and whispers, and the general disgust and intolerance that some people spew, when you decide to do something as simple as go out to eat. While we have never allowed this to stop us from doing the things that any other family would do, it gets tiresome to have to deal with, no matter who you are. This is a place where none of that matters. Parents and riders alike, never have to feel self-conscious about a tick, their appearance, or any other side effect of whatever ailment that rider may have. They can come and learn that it is okay to just be themselves. And in most cases, helps people to be their best self.
In addition to volunteering and helping to show my son the tools of being an effective leader, Dream Catcher has been an integral part in my son participating in NJHS (National Jr Honor Society) and the Top Hands Horse Show. Both of which are programs that we knew our son was capable of participating in. But Dream Catcher gave him the confidence to not just participate, but to thrive. He has also maintained academic excellence, despite being in a school and school district that has no love for special needs students. In this, he has taken some of the lessons learned at Dream Catcher and used them to excel, despite the tough times. It is in these times, that I am most proud of my child, and so thankful for the experiences that he has gained through this program. We have always taught our child that we expect him to graduate HS, get a degree, and to hold down a job. In that time, we have also taught him that the world will not care that you have Autism. They will expect you to compete with and to surpass other neurotypical candidates. So, while it is difficult to go through at the time, it is nice to know that he is learning to deal with these life lessons at an early age.
To close, I cannot recommend this organization highly enough. I hope that if you have or have a child with special needs, that you will reach out to inquire about this program. They are a top shelf organization, that are second to none. They have always been there for us, and we will do our best to be there for them.
It has been so refreshing to find Dream Catcher Stables, where my son is able to experience everything that he had longed to get from traditional sports (teamwork, friendship, etc.), in a setting that is both positive and encouraging. There are riders from every type of background and with varying types of disabilities. Everyone receives the same treatment regardless of who they are or what their ailment is. No one is degraded for what they can’t do. They are constantly praised for what they can do, and instructed on how to improve the things that they can’t (yet) achieve. They have succeeded in creating a feeling of community and friendship that is often elusive to people with disabilities. It is also very rewarding to see my children develop valuable connections / relationships with both the volunteers and the horses. They are truly disappointed when we get rained out, because they can’t see “Smokey” or “Lil Bit” this week. Every volunteer at Dream Catcher is wonderful to work with, and they take a genuine interest in all the riders and their families. They provide expert instruction, and they help each participant to achieve their highest level of attainment through a combination of encouragement and gently pushing them to do more than they believe is possible. When they are able to attain the next levels of achievement, the rewards are priceless. My son had trouble being in large crowds and being the center of attention, and so the fact that he was able to participate in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in front of an arena full of people was a huge accomplishment. The fact that he won his trail division to boot, gave him confidence that with hard work, anything is possible. These life lessons are truly a priceless tool that you have to experience in order to fully grasp the concept. Dream Catcher Stables has allowed my son to experience these things, and I am extremely grateful. This program not only helps people with disabilities, but also the parents of children with disabilities. For a long time I felt like I had to hover over my son for fear of him getting hurt, or that he would suffer mistreatment at the hands of others because of his disability. I have never had that concern with Dream Catcher. I would recommend Dream Catcher Stables to any person who is or family that has someone with a disability.
I have been going to this organization for about 6 or 7 years now and I'm an athlete and a volunteer this has helped me so much because I had to attend Roman and other disabilities and this is open the door for so many opportunities and to me a lot of great people the atmosphere out there is really calm and relaxing and it's so amazing to get out there what's the horses and just and be a part of them and knowing that if you're going through a rough time you can always come here and find peace and great friends and great advice
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
Dream catcher stables. Is a great organization. They helps kids, adults and all kinds. Disabilities, autism what ever it is. If you are willing Sanna will help, To give a chance at a better life with the comfort and enjoyment of horses.
Dream Catcher Stables is a wonderful run charity. I have been fortunate enough to be a volunteer to help feed and care for the horses for 3 years now.
It is a real treasure to see my work benefit those who truly appreciate it.
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!
Dream catcher has by far exceeded any expectations with the very limited funding and also very limited area to do lessons. They work with what they have and go above and beyond for the athletes. Dream catcher has shown me that something as little as dream catcher can create the biggest smiles. It has shown me the love for horses has grown and I have gained forever family and friends.
Let me tell you about my awesome experience with Dream Catcher Stables, over the past few months my son has changed from having frequent tantrums to becoming calm in any environment. The staff here show great professionalism and show that they truly care for all of the children as well as their horses. My son is on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and has had some challenges in the past. Ever since we started coming to Dream Catchers he has improved in many ways such as in mind body and soul. He has learned not only how to ride a horse but also how to care for them. He has a strong bond with all the horses including the director Sanna Roling. The dream catcher stables as well as Ms. Sanna Roling's have been a blessing to our family, we all teach each other as though we are one big happy family. My family is happy to have found Dream Catcher Stables as they have made miracles happen with my son. I strongly recommend this place to other individuals as I have seen improvement in my son's behavior.
My daughter volunteered with this program and she had an amazing experience. Would recommend it any time!!! The care and love these people have for their mission shows!!!
I love volunteering here. The horses are patient and kind. So are the volunteers! You ride around a large pond where you can see deer, fish or ducks! It is much better than riding around an arena.
I’m a volunteer at Dream Catcher Stables and this place is amazing.This programs doesn’t get recognized as much for what they do and the impact this program has cause to change everyone in a positive way.As a volunteer I get see the children her come and have a good time and I’m thankful for that and the people here
I started volunteering here a year ago and have seen how adults and children with disabilities enjoy being able to express themselves during lessons. The creator of this organization really knows about horses, their history and breed. Such a great organization.
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.
I starts as a volunteer setting up the program 10 years ago, I enjoyed every second of the wonderful horses and children I worked with. At that time I did not know I PTSD and now know not only was I a volunteer but the therapy was life changing. It is a miracle to see a child who does talk, get on a horses and she she became a chatter box. I have seen children and adults make major life changes at this program,
I have seen this organization grow from a grass field to a professional organization that helps children of all ages and backgrounds. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. I have watched children's lives become more fulfilling and watched them come alive in this therapy! I have seen a kid headed the down the wrong path turn around when he won a belt buckle! I believe this was the 1st time in his life anyone cared and it was all due to Dream Catchers! Hours and hours have been put in by volunteers.
This is a very happy place, very kind and very educational program!
My Granddaughter started Dream Catchers when she was 6 years old & the program gave her so much confidence & helped with her posture. She has Downs & is now a teenager & thinks she can do just about anything!
My grand daughter who has Downs Syndrome started riding in this program when she was five years old & she's now 15, before she started riding she was not sitting up straight and had no confidence in herself. The confidence that she's gotten from being able to ride & compete in Top Hands and other competitions have been amazing and she's so outgoing now & loves the shows. To her she has no disabilities! Thank God it is a program that I can afford to keep my granddaughter in!
Dream Catcher Stables is an amazing charity that is welcoming to all people with a disability ages 5 and older. I cannot recommend them enough. If you or someone you know has a disability and wants to feel inclusion and absence of freedom, join Dream Catcher and experience what they can offer you!!!!
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!
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
They were so Amazing, I really felt like they made every kid feel like a super star. Like they were invincible
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.
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.
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.
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.
I became a volunteer at Dream Catcher Stables over 10 years ago, helping to care for the horses and became the chief tractor operator. My wife and granddaughter had volunteered and they convinced me to join them for the day. I have been actively involved in all aspects of the organization ever since. I find nothing more rewarding than to see the smiles on the athletes faces when they have participated in one of the competitions we attend.
My first encounter with one of our athletes with downs was to see this small person running across the parking lot just as fast as her little legs would carry her. She threw herself at me and gave me the best welcoming hug and big smile I could have possibly hoped for. We have been good buddies ever since.
Since our involvement with Dream Catchers, we have been joined by another granddaughter, her dad and our youngest granddaughter, who is not only a volunteer, but an athlete as well. Being a volunteer/athlete has boosted her self-esteem and confidence and helped her to become more focused.
It always warms my heart and is so rewarding to see how much the athletes enjoy their time at the stables.