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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 19 years 285 riders with disabilities achieved 173 first, 180 second, 165 third, 149 fourth, 130 fifth, 106 sixth, 17 seventh, 13 eighth, and 112 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 990 volunteers giving 51,408 volunteer hours providing 4,742 lessons in an outdoor setting.

Target demographics: people with disabilities ages 5 and older

Direct beneficiaries per year: 61 riders received 485 lessons, won 63 awards including 5 firsts.

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. The adjudicated youth community service program continues to demonstrate a 95% success rate.

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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.



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.