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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

28 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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My brother rode at Project RIDE and I've been a volunteer for many years. I love every minute I spend at the RIDE barn.

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volunteer 11/01/2016

We love having you with us rprettym! Hope you'll be with us for many more years...

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Staff that cares about the students they work with. They put all they have into improving the program and building the kids' confidence.

Michelle400

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Postive vibes hit you as soon as you walk in the door. The emotional support they provide to their clients is amazing. Whether you have children riding here or not it's therapeutic for all!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing gift to people with disabilities. i get the awesome pleadure to watch people ride horses and the wonderful expressions the you can see in their eyes is pure joy and trust. And the people that work there are amazing. So much love and life shared. You are family. One big huge family

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They saved my life! I struggle with PTSD and the staff, the kids, the horses and other volunteers made me feel worth something!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome program, volunteers, staff, and riders. Best in Elk Grove.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer!! Fun friendly dedicated staff! You rock PR!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place, known as Disney Land by many, because it truly is the happiest place on earth. How could you refuse to vollunteer at such a magical place, even the smelliest of stalls are are joy to clean!! If I have free time, I spend it here!!

1 Diane128

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Granddaughter Elizabeth picked Project Ride for her volunteer credit in Highschool so I volunteered with her :) We decided we wanted to be of service by mucking out the stalls & doing general cleanup work as well as helping with the cleanup after the annual crab feed. We Love the barn and the horses providing a wonderful nurturing atmosphere for healing of the mind, body, heart and soul! We just LOVE everyone there!-Diane G.

1 Michaele B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have volunteered at Project R.I.D.E for several years now. We love working with the horses, the riders, and the other volunteers! We get a great deal of happiness whenever we go there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Ride Leads from the Heart! The work they do with kids and adults with special needs is amazing--but moreover, they are just GREAT People. They know how to get things done, they are passionate about their mission, driven to do it better, and provide a service to the clients, and to the community. Volunteering at Project Ride makes me think of that movie quote from Jack Nicholson to Helen Hunt. "You make me want to be a better man."

I get to drop in and emcee their events a few times a year--and every time I do, I feel like they are doing me a service by allowing me to be there for a few hours!

Gregg Fishman