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Dream Catcher Stables Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

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

Results: In the past 22 years 336 riders with disabilities achieved 184 first, 200 second, 186 third, 177 fourth, 149 fifth, 138 sixth, 21 seventh, 14 eighth, and 123 participation awards. Adjudicated youth (196) completed 2968 hours of court ordered community service with approximately 95% of them returning to a positive life pathway. High school students (164) worked 740 hours in facility and equipment maintenance to recoup credit for poor school attendance. The organization ran using 1141 volunteers giving 60,691 volunteer hours providing 5,416 lessons in an outdoor setting.

Target demographics: people with disabilities ages 5 and older

Direct beneficiaries per year: 47 athletes through 240 lessons despite program down from March 6 to October 4 because of Covid

Geographic areas served: the greater Houston area

Programs: Currently teaching youth and adults with disabilities and youth-at-risk to ride and care for horses. Our riders compete in the Top Hands Horse Show annually and as often as possible in an open show too.

Community Stories

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful organization! Sanna, the founder, is so passionate and gives people a chance to enjoy the outdoors and interact with horses. These children are all smiles from ear to ear.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers is so very beneficial to handicap children and at risk students. It gives them a chance to succeed, learn independence, and become more self-reliant. It provides the children the ability to increase physical stamina and develop a work ethic however limited.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an aunt to a special needs nephew, I knew when I first volunteered at Dream Catcher Stables what I would find upon my arrival. I would and did find dedicated, loving, hard working students who find their personal outlet for success and freedom to do something they love and is so important to them. At Dream Catcher, they can be themselves. Their love for the horses and the respect for their instructors is more than obvious. All one has to do is look into the eyes and faces of each one and see how important it is to them to be there. Dream Catcher helps instill courage and faith in each person as they endeavor to do all they can to be successful in their efforts at horsemanship. Being there gives them their own place to be and the dedication to those efforts brings them more success each time they cross through the gates. Dream Catcher instructors give each student their personal chance to excel and they do! I am very proud to volunteer at such a hard-working, dedicated equestrian learning center! If you know someone who could use a personal outlet for a learning experience, Dream Catcher Stables is the place to go! JMS

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started when he was 5. We thought that he was not intrested in the horses at first, but after about 7 visits he began to show how he really felt. After the ride/class he hugged the horse around the belly and said, "Good Boy! Good Boy!" and he still does it today. He loves this place!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am special needs person and have been a client of Dreamcatcher for over 3 years. This group has helped me very much in understanding that if I try to succeed at something, I can probably accomplish my goal one way or another. They let me work at my own pace but give me support and encouragement so that I can progress a little bit more every time I go to my sessions.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dreamchatchers has been perfect for my grandchildren. My special needs grandson has gained self confidence and has truly enjoyed hs time with the program. My grandaugdter has developed a love of helping others , as well as developing horsemanship skills.
EXCELLENT PROGRAM

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have assisted from time to time with Newsletters for the Dream Catcher organization. I work with one of the Board Members. I have attented the Dream Catcher "Top Hands" competition that runs concurrent with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. It is so very rewarding to see what these young men and women accomplish. It is heart warming to see the pure joy on the faces of the riders as they compete in their trail riding competition and to watch how very seriously they are dedicated to perfection in their showmanship competition. And the way that their smiles light up when they win a trophy! ! ! It is such a blessing that Ms. Roling was able to organize this group of volunteers. The benefits to the physical and mental well being for the riders is so evident. This program offers them the opportunity to leave their feelings of being "different" behind. While they are mounted, they are kings and queens of the arena and it shows in their enthusiasm!

The Dream Catcher organization provides an ancilary benefit to the community by giving at risk kids the opportunity to volunteer to fulfill community service requirements. There have been many, many of these volunteers who have continued to volunteer long after their required service hours have been met.

Dream Catcher Stables simply provides a win-win situation from all aspects.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been my deepest pleasure working with Dream Catcher stables over the last several years. It is a shining example of what a few hard working people can do when they set their mind to it. My children have been showing and riding horses with Dream Catcher for several years. The amount of enjoyment my children have received from participating with the horses is unexplainable. Every Saturday, my children are up early and ready to go ride their horses. It is the highlight of their week.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dream Catcher does so much for the riders but also for its volunteers. i started going there at the age of 12 and dont think id be the same without the people ive met there. seeing the happy faces of all the other volunteers and athletes, it makes my whole week better. I met my best friend here and after 6 years ive met so many nice people.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program brings such joy to so many kids. They create a special bond with the volunteers and the horses. Riding and caring for the horses gives them great confidence and a sense of achievement. What a rewarding outlet for so many different types of people.
It is refreshing to see programs like this in action.

2 Dan G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have absolutely never experienced what you can share at Dream Catcher stables. There is nothing like the joy I see in the face of someone who has spent their life struggling with disabilities. Every weekend these kids leave their daily routine and struggles to be free. Free of wheelchairs, braces and issues of restraint. They truly love it there and it shows everyday. This all volunteer organization is a winner and will always have my support. I have personally seen what hippo- therapy can do through my daughter Callie. it did way more than any other therapy she has ever received. I believe and you will too if you come to Dream Catcher Stables.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an all-volunteer run hippo-therapy organization that really achieves it's goals. They pay no money for staff or organizational activities, yet they are able to provide amazing experiences for children and adults with a wide variety of disabilities. No one is ever made to feel "less than" and that includes clients or their parents. The horses make no judgments, either, of course. They just give and receive the love that is such a big part of this entire operation.

When I am feeling anything negative and just need to "hug a horse," this is where I come.

I always leave feeling like I can conquer the world.