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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

27 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.

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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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!

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was thanks to Dusty's Riders that I was able to learn everything there is to know about horses. Learning how to feed a horse, knowing where the many different body parts, and even given the opportunity to ride. I have lost track of how many times I've gone to Dusty's Riders but I have to say it was a new and different experience EVERY time and I absolutely LOVE this organization. From doing a different activity because the weather is not in our favor, to taking a new trail, to even moving to a new location. Dusty's Riders give kids a chance to grow, learn, and explore. Sarah along with her volunteers dedicate and sacrifice their Saturdays to spend with the kids in hopes of giving them a new experience that they can remember forever.

Frank24

Client Served

Rating: 4

Dustys is a great program for kids. We really enjoy being with Sarah, Dusty and the great volunteers she recruits. The day is well worth it for the children and for the staff who supervise on the trip. The best part of the day is how we spend a few minutes reflecting about the ride and how each horse has its personality.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sarah is Amazing! She is very patient and enjoys seeing our kids eyes and hearts open up to Dusty. It's a great trip that our kids never forget.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dusty's Riders Organization is a great therapeutic program for my high at risk kids. HYC has been working with Dusty's Riders for several years and we have witness a great positive changes in the youth behavior, with the population we work. Sarah is also great with the kids. Our counseling groups are always looking forward when it comes to visiting Dusty's Riders.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The youth we serve have the ability to engage in a new and rewarding experience though Dusty's Riders. We are greatly appreciative of what they have offered our youth.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. I have had the privilege of taking 2 groups of kids to share the Dusty experience. I have observed the kids in a different light and get to be part of the excitement and learning process they go through. Thank you for giving kids this wonderful opportunity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dusty's Riders is a not for profit organization that get kids from the inner city and exposes them to horses. I have seen youth who participate improve their self esteem, boost moral and gain respect for others as well as themselves. I remember shy boy who rarely talked to anyone, his name was Julius. Julius was soft spoken, and lacked confidence. During one of our outings he gained the courage to feed and lead a horse. At the end of the day he eventually rode the horse, and that gave him such a boost. When he got back to our clubhouse he was a totally different young man. That summer he gained a lot of friends and joined our swim team, and eventually became team captain. The moral boost that he got really helped him out, and it transcended to other aspects in his life. This is truly a life changing program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of visiting Dusty's Riders two times this summer. Each outing included 10 youth, ages 12-18, from the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. We had an amazing time! The youth learned about Dusty, fed him carrots, groomed his coat and walked him around the ring. It was an engaging experience for all ages! Then, we enjoyed horseback riding and lunch at Shakey's. Sarah was extremely organized, patient, supportive, encouraging and fun! The youth were very grateful and excited for the experience. And, the bandanas and buttons ("I cow girl'd up!"; "I cow boy'd up!") were creative mementos to remember the day. I would certainly recommend Dusty's Riders to others!