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Project R I D E Incorporated

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Equestrian, Human Services, Recreation & Sports, Sports

Mission: Project R.I.D.E. Inc. provides recreational therapeutic horseback riding instruction to people with special needs.

Target demographics: People with physical or developmental special needs ages 3 and up

Direct beneficiaries per year: 595 individuals, with another 150 on our waiting list

Geographic areas served: Greater Sacramento Area

Programs: Recreational therapeutic horseback riding lessons, unmounted equine-assisted activities, and equine-assisted learning

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Larry L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this organization 17 years ago while attending a crab feed with a friend. The size of the crab feed was impressive in itself when I overhead that 1200+ people were right beside me.

I came back to the arena a couple days later to inquire about the organization. After a brief tour and explanation, I fell in love! I've now volunteered and helped with a few of their yearly events. What project ride, it's volunteers, horses and do to enlighten these kids lives is priceless. I have seen the results first hand. The bond between horse and rider is astonishing!

Cindee S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project Ride has been an outstanding business in this community that assists individuals with special needs reach their full potential! They continue to go above and beyond in all that they do.

Bill T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time you see one of these precious children sit on a horse and instantly have a connection and sit up & smile you will start crying.

I'm a wine broker & I have had the privilege of asking wineries to donate wine for Project RIDE's fundraising events. Wineries ae so generous & it helps to raise funds for their programs.

Eric Mc D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at Project Ride about 8 years ago shortly after retiring. At first it was just a couple of hours a week, within a few months I was hooked. Being able to help this most deserving part of our community in some small way is easily the most satisfying thing that I have ever done.

Suzi L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project R.I.D.E. is a place where magic happens daily. I have been here since 2008 and plan to be here as long as i can. I started out helping in lessons in the arena and then went into helping in the office. I always looked forward to watching the students ride because it took away some of the negativity that I often saw in the news. Watching the kids ride brings happiness that is hard to explain. This program offers so much, not only to the students who ride, but to the families, volunteers, and staff who are part of this non-profit. I am so lucky to be part of this Project RIDE family and hope to be here for many more years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering in late 2008. From the first time I came to the orientation/training, I knew I had found a very special place. Marisa, who was giving the orientation, had me hooked before I knew it. She and all the staff I encountered inspired me and gave me such a more positive outlook on life. The kids are amazing. The volunteers all work together and go well above and beyond. I am truly amazed how wonderful this organization is and how well everyone works together for the kids and adults who ride. I am now a staff member, and enjoy each day being able to see our riders laugh, play, and learn in an environment that is safe, and full of fun. The horses are the magic, and everyone involved makes a difference and plays an important part to this valuable program. Even the barn cats play a part in welcoming everyone who comes into the barn. A really wonderful place to be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been riding at Project RIDE for 6 years now. The people are amazing and so helpful. Their program has helped my daughter gain so much core strength. She loves riding every week and enjoys spending time with all the wonderful volunteers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter loves going to Project R.I.D.E! The staff is wonderful and the program is fantastic!

Kelly B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project R.I.D.E is an amazing organization full of caring staff who provide much needed services to unlock the potential of individuals their programs serve.

cherylraff

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have the best staff - professional, patient, kind, helpful, good hearted, friendly and are just wonderful people. It a place you can go and volunteer and don’t want to leave. You are excepted and never judged.

Michelle Zidzik M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an awesome place and amazing staff...my daughter has been riding since she was 3 years old (now she's 10 years old) and through riding she is able to walk! Miracles taking place everyday!

Krista19

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best people & horses on the planet are under this barns roof! Our daughter gets the best therapy on horseback, life skills & real relationships that give her a place to shine! She has built up strength, coordination and courage as she has worked on her core & gross motor skills. We love this magical & therapeutic space for our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 4 year old Daughter thrives at Project RIDE! Our family, friends, therapists and guests LOVE seeing how Project RIDE strives and thrives on helping meet the therapeutic FUN that our kids need. The RIDE staff and amazing families make this a home away from home. We have been riding weekly for 6 months and have seen goals of increased trunk control, better stability in our girl. The horses and environment make it all such a great place where we see our girl thrive!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project Ride is an amazing therapeutic horse-riding facility. The stables, arena and facility are always clean, the staff is friendly and the instructors are kind and knowledgeable. My son started riding there back in 1991, and he only stopped after his disease progressed to a point making horseback-riding contraindicated. My daughter and our family have volunteered off and on for many years, and our daughter is now an instructor. We believe in the mission statement of Project Ride, and we have seen first-hand the awesome benefits this facility provides to *handicapable* children and adults.

Jeralynn S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This has historically been our family’s favorite nonprofit. All of our family has volunteered and it has been so rewarding to see someone using a wheelchair be able to get out of it and walk. We have heard young people say their first words on horseback. We love how the working unpaid board of directors give so heartily of their time. Although we are not currently volunteering, we attend some of the fundraisers and are amazed at the continuing vitality of this helpful organization. Keep up the good work one and all!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project R.I.D.E. is awesome! All the fundraising event put on are incredibly fun and successful. All the riders helped are in love with the program, they always have giant smiles on their faces! The Barn is super welcoming, and all the volunteers and staff are beyond friendly and willing to help with anything!

Matthew S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project R.I.D.E. Is truly an amazing place. It’s not just the riders finding peace and healing but the volunteers and staff as well!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to help Protect Ride as a walker and a groomer and a side walker in the mid 80's and 90's. I would go over and help between my School Bus runs. I saw a student go from a wheelchair to a cane. Awesome. I also saw a student with Down Syndrome. Go from just sitting in class. In preschoo then about 3 years later at Project Ride. Doing most of the activities on the back of a horse, and meeting Chris eyes. Awesome Peogram.

1 Alexis11

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love project r.i.d.e! My daughter has been participating in this program for 2 1/2 years! It has helped her balance and her confidence! The games they play are fun, educational and therapeutic! We have been very happy with everyone we encounter at the barn!

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volunteer 11/01/2016

Thanks for the love Alexis and for sharing your beautiful amazing daughter with us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is amazing! My daughter is having so much fun with the different educational games they play she has NO idea she's getting in some great physical therapy! We drive an hour, one way, once a week because we love it so much! Thank you to all of the caring staff and volunteers for your dedication to help children with all kinds of disabilities.

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volunteer 11/01/2016

Thanks for making the drive and for understanding the magic behind the disguised learning that looks like fun!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best group of people ever! Such a fantastic organization that helps so many.

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volunteer 11/01/2016

Aww... we love you too dphills!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a great place run by a great staff! I volunteered here over the summer got to witness the magic first hand!

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volunteer 11/01/2016

It's the volunteers that make the magic happen. Thanks for being a part of it!

Donor

Rating: 5

Can not say enough good things about what Project Ride does.
I've never met such an amazing group of people who's hearts are so large they just fill the room!
I've knows kids who have gone threw their horseback therapy program. They were said to never be able to walk. Because of this amazing program and the therapy and love they provide they walk and thrive!
The smiles on the children's faces are more than words can express.
We will contribute to support Project Ride in every way we can.

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volunteer 11/01/2016

Couldn't do it without supporters like you DoubleRRanch!

Wendy166

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project RIDE uses a team of people and horses to put smiles on the faces of the wonderful kids they serve.