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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support

Mission: To provide therapeutic recreational equine activities for children and adults with special needs to experience the bond that is created between horse and rider. Empowering them to be victorious in all areas of life and reach their fullest potential.

Results: Since inception in Oct 2007, we have grown from 5 students to 40 plus steady students in additon to hosting special needs groups for day trips to the farm. We educate them with hands on learning experience with all the animals on the farm in a safe and supervised environment. The benefits impact them physically, cognitively and psychologically. These aspects of the session awaken their awareness, increase coordination and attention span, along with giving them a CAN DO attitude to succeed in life. Providing volunteer opportunities for school groups, individuals and community service workers to enable them to give back to their communities.

Target demographics: Handicapped, disabled or special needs peopleVolunteers who want to assist people with disabilities in the South Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40 plus special needs students with various disibilities like CP, MS, Autism, ADHD, Learning disibilities,Speech delays etc.and their families, plus groups from Elim , Cornerstone, St. Colletta's, The Lions Club, various preschools, Girl scouts, Brownie groups and youth groups.

Geographic areas served: Northern Il.

Programs: Riding sessions that takes therapy out of the clinical setting and puts it in a safe and fun environment. Horse/animal care education and hands on experience.

Community Stories

159 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amy_B

Client Served

Rating: 5

LOVE this place! My daughter has been riding for 8 years at Victory Reins. It is still the highlight of her week. We love all of the volunteers; they are so encouraging & helpful. Sandy, the owner, is simply amazing! We love all of the horses & other farm animals. My daughter has made so many gains through her riding. From focus, listening skills, processing skills, paying attention to what is going on around her while still being in control of her horse, memorizing a pattern to lead her horse through. And let’s not forget to mention...she is in control of a very large animal & she does it independently. Her confidence in herself has soared. I’m forever grateful for everyone at Victory Reins!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Victory Reins Therapeutic Riding Center has been such a blessing to our family. Our daughter has been riding for a year & a half & we have seen an amazing transformation in her. She loves horses & her weekly interaction with them has improved her focus, motor planning, core strength and her self confidence. Sandy is an amazing advocate for those who are differently abled. We highly recommend this nonprofit!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Victory Reins Therapeutic Riding Center has allowed the youth we serve to gain much confidence and improve social and leadership skills. The staff here at Victory Reins have been very kind and supportive to youth that we serve, and have been very understanding to the specific needs of each individual client. The youth look forward to going to Victory Reins and are always sad when it is time to leave. It bring great joy to know that the youth we serve look forward to going to Victory Reins and look forward to whatever task, challenge, or activity that is waiting for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer at victory reins two summers ago and it was such an incredible experience! This place really is changing the lives of so many of the children that walk through the door and I have yet to see someone walk out the door without a smile on their face. It is such a supportive and loving environment and I would absolutely rate it as one of the best therapeutic riding centers. Seeing the relationship between these kids and the horses is such a beautiful experience. If I can I would totally go back at help out!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for only five or six months at Victory Reigns but it was one of the most enlightening volunteer jobs I’ve ever had. To watch them put into action and pour real victory into the lives of children and adults with special needs or those who are hurting, was an experience I will never forget. Watching the smiles on the faces of the children as they got on those horses and began to ride or the woman who couldn’t walk but on a horse looked like she could conquer the world, lives are being transformed. The owners and employees are some of the most giving and kind people I have ever met. This place hands-down brings victory not only to those who have special needs but to each and every volunteer or person who walks through those doors.

HappyGrandchild

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love Victory Reins Jim & Sandy and ALL the volunteers. I’ve been taking my multi needs grand daughter Dylan for8+ years. She loves it! Everyone is do nice. It’s her only “my time” activity. Neither walks or talks but smiles when on “her”Dodge. It has helped her core muscles. Now since I need help getting her out of car and back in again, many of the volunteers have helped us with both. We are most grateful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Been bringing our multi needs grand daughter for therapudic horse riding for over 5 years to Victory Reins. She LOVES it. Thank you to Sandy and Jim and all the volunteers who guard her as she “rides”. Many beautiful improvements made since we started. Couldn’t be more pleased!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Victory Reins for 5 years now, and it has been the best experience of my life. I have matured so much and have grown into a stronger person. The children and adults are absolutely amazing and I am so grateful to be able to help touch their lives. I have also struggled with making friends, and I have gained all of my best friends from this facility. They are all like a second family to me. I have also gained a lot more horse experience by volunteering here. I had 5 years prior experience with horses before I started volunteering, and I have gained so much more knowledge that will help me throughout my life. I am so thankful to have this facility and second family in my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Victory Reins is one of the best places that I’ve ever volunteered at. It is so much fun to help out with lessons, see the smiles on the riders’ faces, and know that we have helped the riders overcome daunting challenges. As volunteers, we also have the privilege of grooming horses as well as being with other amazing volunteers who make an enormous difference in the community. Please take the time to check this wonderful nonprofit out and volunteer/donate here! You will love it! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Victory Reins is such a great place. I have been volunteering here for a while and have loved working with kids, the horses, and the other volunteers. It is easy to tell they really care about what they do and can feel the love they have for kids and horses.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone I worked with was so kind and fun to be around! I particularly loved how the LOVE of Christ was represented and shown!

acorzine03

Client Served

Rating: 5

Victory Reins is an amazing, Christ-centered, mission minded, riding center.
They go above and beyond to help so many people.
We are blessed to know them and board our horse in their barn.
All four of our daughters were loved, nurtured, and trained to ride and care for horses at VR.
We’re blessed to have them serving our community!
The Corzine Family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't even know where to start. :)
Sandy, Jim, and the staff at Victory Reins, mean the world to our family.
Our four daughters ride, three of our girls have physical health issues (orthopedic and cardiac), and our fourth battles anxiety.
We feel like family when we walk through the doors, our kids are loved and encouraged. They never want to dismount and could live at the stable if we'd let them. ☺
This place, is very special, peaceful, and accepting of all children/families.
It's a little piece of our heaven on earth.
We love Victory Reins! ❤

Dee K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been doing therapeutic riding at Victory Reins for years and loves it. They are amazing working with her and have really helped with her balance. The staff is friendly, loving and most of all patient and they build wonderful relationships with the children. It's a great experience for children with disabilities.

Katrina D.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful place! I can not express how great they are with!

1 debmach

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Victory Reins helps individuals through therapeutic riding and the relationships built with the horses. I volunteer here and consider it time well-spent to support a Great Non-Profit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Victory Reins and it is wonderful to see the experiences riders have here. It is a place where people connect with horses and relationships form. I love being there. I look forward to my time at Victory Reins every week!

1 Nancy E.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been riding at Victory Reins now for years and she absolutely loves it! The owner/teacher is VERY friendly with both the students and their parents/guardians and makes bringing our children there a happy experience.

The student 'volunteers' are, also, very good with the students and you can see that it's like a big family!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been coming out to Victory Reins to volunteer on at least a weekly basis for almost three years and I can honestly say it has changed my life for the better. I'm very lucky to be able to say that I've grown up with horses but since I started coming out to the barn, it strengthened my love and need to help animals even more. Now I can proudly say I just graduated veterinary technician school. The people I have met here have become my second family and I cannot be more grateful for that.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was there last week with my class. They did an amazing job helping all my students with multiple disabilities. All of the students and staff had a wonderful time

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My school goes here every year for horseback riding and they do an amazing job. They are very kind and patient with our students who have a variety of needs. All of our student love going on this field trip every year!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Physical Therapist working in a school with many children with many special needs. Victory Reins has done a wonderful job of welcoming our children in a safe and friendly environment. The staff was very good at accommodating our many diverse physical and sensory needs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Victory Reins is a great place to be. The atmosphere is amazing and everyone is so kind and helpful. I just started volunteering about a month ago and I love it already. Mrs. Sandy is very helpful and if I have any questions she is always quick to respond and help me out in the barn or with the horses. I look forward to learning new things about the horses and even the therapeutic side of the horse industry.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter rides at Victory Reins and absolutely loves it!!!
She is always greeted with warm, friendly smiles, receives gentle, fun encouragement while riding and takes pride that she is part of this wonderful family called Victory Reins.

Sandy, Jim, the great staff and volunteers have a caring, compassionate, loving, kind heart. What a gift they are. They have richly blessed our daughter's life. They have taken time to learn about her and how to communicate with her. It certainly gives her confidence and makes her feel loved and able to do something that not everyone can do....... ride a horse!

The horses are kind, gentle, well-cared for and know that they have an awesome responsibility. They love it! It is really incredible to watch the student/horse relationship develop. They become friends..... loving, caring, trusting and hoping in each other.

Thank you Victory Reins for your hard work, your passion to serve and your love for all people!!! You rock!!!

1 Carolyn L.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has been volunteering at Victory Reins for over 5 years now and absolutely loves it. And I as a parent love it there as well. What Jim and Sandy provide for their students is amazing and what the volunteers learn there is equally amazing. There is just so much compassion when you are at the stables. My daughter has learned so much working with the children that she now has an interest in pursuing Special Education in college - wanting to help children with disabilities. Victory Reins is a wonderful place!!!!!!!

MLynn

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love spending our time here! There’s so much for my son to do from the petting zoo area to riding the horses. Every person is extremely kind and makes us feel welcome! Thanks so much for everything you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about Victory Reins! My time there takes me out of everyday and surrounds me with amazing people and caring animals. I have seen the changes and progress of the students over the years and the simplest task which may have been impossible at one point is now possible. It's hard not fall in love with the experiences that I have had here.

Jay F.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful opportunity for special needs children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering for Victory Reins for 10 plus years . I can not express what a blessing it has been to work along side and Sandy and Mr. Jim and to see the joy that their ministry brings to the children and their families .

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Indian Oaks Academy, a residential treatment center for youth in Manteno, Illinois, has partnered with Victory Reins Therapeutic Riding Center since December, 2017. They focus on building selff-esteem, concentration, relaxation, etc. Sandy Michalewicz, founder and director of Victory Reins, commented on the progress that can be made from equine therapy, noting that “getting on a horse empowers kids…offers them a sense of freedom.” The youth at IOA not only learn to ride, but groom, turn out, clean stalls, feed, and even bathe the horses. Their equine therapy has served our youth well. We strongly recommend Victory Reins as an organization, and as a place of healing!

1 Jeannie K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at this great place and it is wonderful. There is so much love, kindness, and compassion. Their mission to help others thru experience in riding or even relating to animals is amazing. They are doing a fantastic work here.

1 MRossi

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Will has ASD and has been riding with Sandy and her amazing team of volunteers for several years now. Riding helps him focus and puts the reins in his hands and empowers him to make the choices. Our daughter, Faye was born with a chromosomal deletion. She began riding at VR when she was three. She was bascially non-veral. Within three months she was able to say "walk on" in order to get her horse to move forward. Riding also helped with her balance, core strength, hand-eye coordination, et.
This is an amazing non-for-profit organization. The people who run VR and volunteer are the most amazing people you will ever meet. They truly have a passion for the horses and the riders who come to participate. Truely an A++ experience, for the whole family, not just the rider.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no words to convey how we feel about this amazing place. Our son Will has ASD, and has been riding with Ms. Sandy and her amazing volunteers for two years now. He works on listening, following directions, academics and extras such as sign language. He has now worked up to riding a horse on his own, with a volunteer coach who walks along side him. He has built his confidence immensely. We look forward to seeing Will ride in the Special Olympics again this fall.

Faye just turned 3 years old. She was born with a micro-deletion on her 6th chromosome. She has a lot of developmental delays, including gross motor and speech. Faye is currently working on using her vocabulary while riding and strengthening her core muscles. When we arrive at Victory Reins, Faye begins yelling and cheering in anticipation to riding a horse.

Sandy is such an amazing and special person with such a gift with working with children and horses. The entire atmosphere of this place breathes "amazing" as well as relaxing. It just gives you a chance to sit back, watch, relax and breathe.

We were fortunate enough this year to come out to the farm and work two weekends with the volunteers, in order to prepare for the upcoming spring season. It gave us such a sense of accomplishment, knowing that so many children and adults would be enjoying this wonderful place, in a matter of weeks. We are fortunate enough to have this wonderful extended family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love volunteering here! I have participated in numerous aspects....helping with feeding, organizing, cleaning, assisting with lessons and more! I have learned a lot . Sandy and Jim are very understanding and give great direction, as well as leaving you to your tasks. I would highly recommend anybody to come visit and volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering at Victory Reins for about 7 or 8 years. I have always love animals, especially horses. I also have a passion for helping people with special needs, so this place is right up my alley! I checked out helping with lessons and was hooked. I love the supportive, family atmosphere that is encouraged among both riders and volunteers. Wanting to learn more, I began helping with feeding and other barn chores, guided by the owner and more experienced volunteers. Going out to the barn on Sunday mornings has become my sanctuary. Spending time with the horses and other animals is very therapeutic for me as well. I have loved seeing the program growing over the years, seeing new and familiar faces every year. I hope to continue to be able to continue volunteering as long as I possibly can.

Annie Thiel C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son, Ben, has PDD-NOS, which falls under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ben struggled with self-esteem and feeling of competency due to his developmental delays. Finding Victory Reins has been a God-send. Learning how to ride, and ride successfully, has made Ben proud of himself and has given him confidence in all areas of his life. Under the tutelage of Ms. Sandy and all her wonderful employees and volunteers, Ben has developed into an accomplished equestrian, and the medals and ribbons that he has won hang proudly in our home. Thanks are not nearly enough to express our love and gratitude for this wonderful program!

Deborah H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been riding at Victory Reins for 11 years. It has helped her immensely with her physical limitations as well as helping her to develop strong bonds with the volunteers and staff. She loves being a part of the Special Olympics and it has helped her self esteem.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Victory Reins creates a family environment. They have worked with my daughter Makayla for 10 years. She has become much stronger and showed many horsemanship skills that would not have been possible many years ago. When she got sick last year, Sandy and Jim called right away. We look forward to lessons every week.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I volunteered at Victory Reins in the past. I agree that therapeutic riding can be a positive experience both mentally and physically, I was a little disappointed. The facilities are clean and the horses are fed however I feel that Sandy lacks in the skills department when it comes to the animals..... one of the horses was not feeling well, Sandy gave him a shot for his stomach problem and he ended up dying ( about 3 years ago). Is this woman also a veterinarian? She roughly yanks the reins if one of the horses is disbobeying in a rough mean fashion.... it really broke my heart to see a horse treated this way. She can be bossy and demanding. Some of the kids cry and really don't enjoy the experience.... Not all it's cracked up to be.... and one of the young female volunteers who has been there many years is a witch

Gerald6

Donor

Rating: 5

They are a top notch organization. They always go above the call of duty. They have helped our granddaughter immensely.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Victory Reins is an amazing place. The owner’s Sandy & Jim have the biggest heart when it comes to the children. They make you feel so welcome.

Cindy89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Victory Reins does so much for everyone involved; the volunteers as well as those receiving services. It is very rewarding. Sandy and Jim have hearts for God and it shows through what they do through VR.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 13 year old and I volunteer together and let me tell you, we get as much out of Victory Reins as the kids that we help. The kids are so sweet and positive and Sandy and Jim have a heart of gold. I look forward to spending my Thursdays at VR!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Victory reigns helped both my kids, my son was recovering from brain tumor surgery and my daughter had a brain aneurysm. They both loved it and was great therapy for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family loves Victory Reins!!
They are extremely welcoming and always making improvements on their facilities!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Victory reins is a great place that helps people unselfishly, they have grown in the last few years and it is in the best kind of ways. they are just as excited about baby chicks as they are for getting the painting done.

Kathleen112

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a volunteer at Victory Reins for over a year now and she absolutely love it! She wanted to volunteer because she is an equestrian and loves horses! She ended up loving the entire experience! Sandy has an unbelievable facility. She has created a warm and loving environment for all who attend. The students are blessed with her knowledge and compassion. Just walking into the facility gives you a sense of family. Sandy's passion for what she does shows in everything she does. She has set up an immaculate riding center, and created a warm and comfortable environment for parents to relax and watch their children thrive during their lessons. The children love to visit with the many other animals Sandy had beautifully housed as well. Rabbits, pigs, chickens, goats, cats and of course the horses all engage the children to bring countless smiles. My girl scout troop created items for Victory Reins to fulfill their Silver Award and were amazed when I took them to visit the facility! They had a wonderful time when Sandy took the time out of her busy schedule to give them a detailed tour of the facility! The girls were impressed and amazed at how much VR had to offer. Sandy has created a wonderful haven for all who visit! It is obvious that her heart is totally vested in every aspect of the Victory Reins. I am proud my daughter has found a second home at VR. The volunteers are amazing and the students and parents warm her heart every time she volunteers. She has grown as a young woman through her experiences at VR and now is considering a career in this field as well. An amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Victory Reins for over 1 year now and I absolutely love my new second home. Sandy is an amazing teacher and friend to the many students and parents that come to the facility. She has made such a warm and loving environment for not only the parents and students that attend, but also the many volunteers who look forward to coming each and every time. I have learned so much about myself as well as the students who come out to ride with us. It has been an amazing experience so far and Sandy has shown me a career path I had never considered before. The volunteers I work with are amazing and I have made many new friends! She is a great role model, teacher and friend to everyone who comes to Victory Reins!

happyhelper

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the organization since its birth. Victory Reins is a place like no other, it is a shining example of the good in this world. If ever you have a doubt that angels exist, visit Victory Reins, and you will find your answer. You will be changed forever. Victory Reins instills in all who go there, a sense of compassion, eagerness to help, and an understanding that, yes, you can make a difference, we all can, all you have to do is show up!!!! I highly recommend Victory Reins to all of us. Go there and you will see what I mean, it will forever change your life in the best way possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Victory Reins is a place of acceptance, hope, love, understanding and trust. Not only do the students learn but any and all who enter learn as well. You make lifelong friendships and lessons at Victory Reins. Sandy and her horses are amazing. They create a bond with each and every person who enters and they enrich your life in a way that cannot be described. Victory Reins is truely a blessing.

1 Sam_43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at Victory Reins for almost eight years. When I came in, I knew almost nothing about horse riding or husbandry. The owners of Victory Reins took me in as one of their own almost immediately. This place is a haven for learning, care, and a very positive attitude, as well as a happy home for many many animals. I have learned so much about myself and others in working with our students, and I couldn't be more grateful that Victory Reins does what it does. I'm beyond honored to have VR as my second home, and as my happy place.

1 Irishlad

Client Served

Rating: 5

This lovely little place has a very inviting and warm family atmosphere .It also has the worlds most amazing staff of volunteers That give theirs all to make this place run so smood .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is awesome my son goes here and it's a great place the staff and volunteers make you always feel welcome and my son loves all the horses and the program

Client Served

Rating: 5

Victory Reigns has amazed us! We began taking our preschooler for therapeutic riding after he was diagnosed with low tone and poor motor coordination. Other extracurricular activities we tried, such has Tae Kwan Do and gymnastics, proved to be challenging for our son and he soon became discouraged. His strength and confidence has improved and his love for horses has blossomed! The kindness and positive energy of the staff is contagious and I leave his lessons feeling proud of my son and wanting to pass on the kindness the staff and volunteers have bestowed on my family. Victory Reigns is truly a gem!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son just started therapeutic riding lessons a few months ago and it has been nothing but a positive experience! Great clean facility with staff that really engages with my son. Sandy knows how to push my son to excel and learn. We look forward every week to going!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer here for approximately 2 months now. The environment and the people are all such a joy to be around. Add in the animals and all their personalities and it sometimes feels impossible to leave.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so happy that I found Victory Reins. I have been a volunteer here for only a few months and I have learned so much. Theres never a day I have gone without a smile on my face! It's a great place for people of all ages to learn, relax and have fun.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My granddaughter, Lindsay, looks forward to going to Victory Reins every week. Victory Reins is a well run top organization. Sandy and her awesome volunteers are competent and compassionate. They are respectful of the individual needs of their students and delight in their sucesses. Victory Reins meets the needs of an underserved population.

JRossi

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Will enjoys his therapeutic riding lessons every Saturday. He is super excited to find out which of the horses he will be riding for that lesson. Will can be quite "headstrong" at times and Sandy knows how to redirect him so that he can focus on the task. Will has learned how to get on and off his horse, walk-on, whoa, back-up and direct his horse to where it needs to be during the lesson. Sandy has also incorporated math, sign-language, alphabet games, etc. into her lessons. Will has also gained better posture and core strength. Sandy and her volunteers have a passion for what they do every day and it really shows. We look forward to each riding lesson and seeing all the students achieve their goals and their smiling faces.

Abigail A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love coming here in my free time, it's a great place to learn something new and spend time, every time I'm here I feel welcomed and needed, it truly is a blessing

Angela134

Client Served

Rating: 5

Victory Reins has been a blessing to our family. Our son has Autism and therapeutic riding has been so good for helping him with OT and interacting with others. Sandy and her team of volunteers do everything with love, creating a wonderful community for riders and their families. We are so thankful for this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son receives therapeutic riding lessons at Victory Reins. My son had never been on a horse until he started at Victory Reins. He is only 4 so he was understandably scared his first time on the horse. Sandy was so patient, calm and positive with him. He felt so secure that within a short time he was totally at ease being on the horse. Now it is one of his favorite places to go. All of the volunteers are fantastic! Each person there helps my son and the other children to feel empowered and confident in their abilities. They also take the time to focus on each child as an individual and give them exactly what they need to help them overcome their disabilities. It is so peaceful and everyone is so kind and caring. Victory Reins is fantastic!!!

Judy30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that helps people of all ages and disabillities to feel like they can overcome their weaknesses. You always feel acceptance and love here. This is my "home away from home". They always make you feel like family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before is started volunteering at Victory Reins, I was having problems with depression. Since working there my life has so much more meaning! I absolutely love working with the horses, the kids and the other volunteers! The owner, Miss Sandy, is an outstanding lady who would do ANYTHING to help ANYONE! It is a very positive environment for ALL who go there! While the world is telling you that you are no good and that you can't do something, Miss Sandy is telling and showing you that, "Oh yes you CAN!". It is a place where a person with any kind of disability can go and feel good about themselves again, even the volunteers!

Kyle19

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization that focuses on each child's need as an individual. The care and support given is wonderful!

Not only am I a client, but also volunteered while I was there. Any help given is always appreciated!

Dave62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I were volunteering last summer when a very young and scared autistic little girl, maybe three or four years old, started coming. We were there the first night she came. She was afraid, no terrified, of all that was going on. The horses scared her, the people, everything. One of the volunteers, Miss Jackie, walked and sang to her during the entire time that first night, and the next few visits as well.
After three visits or so the little one came in with her cowboy boots, a big smile and ready to ride. This was an amazing transformation and connection she made to the horses, the volunteers and to Sandy.
Some of these "clients" have only this to look forward to. They lighten up, get excited by just being there. Jim & Sandy, all the volunteers work very hard and are extremely dedicated to this cause. This is an amazing non-profit organization. Good people with a good cause!

lifeisgrand

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is my second time bringing a group of developmentally disabled individuals to Victory Reins. First when I worked for St. Coletta's now with Envision Unlimited. I cannot express the utmost love , care, and compassion displayed by Sandy, her husband and all of the volunteers that work at Victory Reins. My clients all had no fear whatsoever getting up to ride a horse for the very first time in their lives. We were there 3 hours and they were able to feed, groom, ride and even "paint" Rasha one of the horses while learning about the various parts of a horse. The horse was so patient and loving. All of the horses are well trained and cared for. Its amazing to watch special needs individuals ride a horse for the first time. To see the smiles and reactions on their faces is truly priceless. Everyone should get a chance to visit this ranch. Its amazing just as the people who own it. This is what making dreams come true is all about.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first found Victory Reins by searching for a stable that would allow people with special needs to ride horses. I have been in the field of developmental disabilities for 15 years now and am always looking for ways to help my clients achieve all of their goals and dreams. I did not know what to expect when we arrived but the atmosphere was so welcoming!! Sandy the owner was so attentive to all of my clients needs. I had clients who were wheelchair bound with CP and they have adaptive saddles and other adaptive equipment to make it possible for them to ride. I was here in 2009 and it was truly an experience that I will never ever forget. These clients still talk about it and seeing them achieve one of their biggest dreams brought tears to my eyes. It still does when I think about it. Sandy and her staff and horses are truly AMAZING!!! Such dedication and patience!!! This is a wonderful place for all! If you have a special needs child or clients you must experience what Victory Reins has to offer. Sandy is changing lives...believe that!

Emma14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was so great volunteering here. Everything was so well put together and I had an amazing time! Could not love it more!

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is a quote by an author named George Aliston. He said, "How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it." This reminds me of Victory Reins. Every Saturday when my daughter attends Victory Reins is a beautiful day. Everyone connected with this organization is very kind and so positive. My daughter has been going there for many years. It has helped her feel confident and accomplished. It is also really a lot of fun. The horses and all the other animals are wonderful . This is a great place for children and adults with disabilities. I am so glad we found this place!

Mary254

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i have watched a young friend of mine blossom at Victory Reins. She has gained confidence working with the animals. Her balance, always a struggle with CP, is better and her petite core is stronger. Her experiences and her descriptions of them bring a light in her face that glows. Everyone who works and volunteers there is dedicated and hardworking. Thank you all for your efforts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When physically and mentally challenged children are small, the opportunities for social interaction are plentiful but as they get older, the opportunities are slim to almost non-existent. We were very excited to find out about the Victory Reins Center last summer and our 40 year-old son has enjoyed the experience very much. He is in the early stages of learning how to ride a horse but the staff at VR is knowledgeable and patient which is the perfect combination of skills needed to work with the disabled.

Angela89

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has cerebral palsy. The recreational activities he can actively participate in are few. He loves going to Victory Reins and riding his favorite horse. He is greeted warmly by the volunteers and staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I brought a group of Marian Catholic students who are members of the school's Equestrian Club for a tour and to help volunteer. We were immediately made to feel welcome and got plenty of time to look around and figure out how best to be of help. The students had a great time and I intend to make Victory Reins a permanent part of the Equestrian Club program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter loves this place. The people are very caring and hard working.
They serve people with special needs and teach them horseback riding skills. It allows them to be successful at something that not everyone can do. And for many of these clients that doesn't happen very often in their lives. I think it is wonderful for their self confidence and self image. It is also good exercise for them. Some of the clients just attended The Special Olympics with Victory Reins. It was a very special time for them and I am sure they have wonderful memories from this experience. If it wasn't for Victory Reins they would not have had this experience. Victory Reins is a wonderful place and great fun also. The horses are wonderful also!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place!! It helped me learn how to care for people and horses at the same time!! It also allowed me to see the beauty in evryone:) by going to victory reins i was able to focus on helping a lot of people and

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first found out about Victory Reins from one of the volunteers and when she was telling me about Victory Reins i was thinking to myself, "I really wanna help and be involved with this place." So i asked her if there was anyway i could help and she told me how. Later that week i showed up at Victory Reins and met Sandy and asked to help and i was so grateful that she let me help! While i was there i got to work with the kids and the horses, it was the most amazing thing that i have ever seen in my life! Just Seeing the kids smiling is life changing! I now try to go to victory reins every chance i get! This place is amazing and i has changed my life!!