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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Human Services, Youth Centers & Clubs, Youth Development Programs

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

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Catherine91

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Michelle386

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Sarah several years ago and have gone to a fundraiser event. It was fun. I think Dusty's Riders is a great program and donate somewhat regularly. I also appreciate that my employer's charitable arm has Dusty's Riders recognized in their database so I could get my donations matched.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Chris Arroyo
Helpline Youth Counseling.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Dusty's Riders for 4 years now, and am now on the board of directors. DR is a wonderful organization with the kids at the center; everything we do is with them in mind. We are always looking for ways we can improve the program and activities to make it even better for them, but the truth is, almost every kid that comes says it was the best day of their lives and they want to come back. It is truly heartwarming to watch them arrive at the ranch, quiet and nervous, and by the end of the day, be smiling and loving all of their experiences. I love DR!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about Dusty's Riders a few years ago through a mutual friend of mine and Sarah's, and finally was able to start volunteering this summer. I was amazed by Sarah's energy and ability to involve every kid and make each one feel special. It is such fun to watch the kids evolve throughout the day, and see the glow in their faces after the ride. Horses have such power, and I truly believe that meeting Dusty changes the lives of these kids for the better.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Debra28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Every so months my school (Dream Center Academy) goes to Dusty's and its so much fun.
I would go here anytime.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome Experience at Dusty's Riders! Sarah was an outstanding host and was able to give our students valuable lessons about horses. Our students, whom had never ridden a horse were able to get on a horse and enjoy the ride! Sarah goes out of her way to make events be extra special. Thank you Dusty's Riders!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience with Sarah and her organization over the weekend. It was hot on our horseback ride, but Sarah's enthusiasm and spirit never flagged. She's uplifting and supportive. The trip itself was organized and moved along right on schedule, but we never felt rushed or assembly-lined. The I Have A Dream kids were made to feel special and they did. Thanks to Dusty's Riders.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dusty's Riders and Sarah have been AMAZING with you our students from the I Have a Dream Foundation. Our students get an opportunity of a life time as they get to learn about how to care for a horse, lead a horse and ride a horse. Every outing is a great experience and our kids learn something new. Sarah and her volunteers are great and have shown nothing but love to our students. It is a very fun experience I wish all students could be a part of.