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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been riding at Project RIDE for 6 years now. The people are amazing and so helpful. Their program has helped my daughter gain so much core strength. She loves riding every week and enjoys spending time with all the wonderful volunteers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter loves going to Project R.I.D.E! The staff is wonderful and the program is fantastic!

Michelle Zidzik M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an awesome place and amazing staff...my daughter has been riding since she was 3 years old (now she's 10 years old) and through riding she is able to walk! Miracles taking place everyday!

Krista19

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best people & horses on the planet are under this barns roof! Our daughter gets the best therapy on horseback, life skills & real relationships that give her a place to shine! She has built up strength, coordination and courage as she has worked on her core & gross motor skills. We love this magical & therapeutic space for our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 4 year old Daughter thrives at Project RIDE! Our family, friends, therapists and guests LOVE seeing how Project RIDE strives and thrives on helping meet the therapeutic FUN that our kids need. The RIDE staff and amazing families make this a home away from home. We have been riding weekly for 6 months and have seen goals of increased trunk control, better stability in our girl. The horses and environment make it all such a great place where we see our girl thrive!

1 Alexis11

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love project r.i.d.e! My daughter has been participating in this program for 2 1/2 years! It has helped her balance and her confidence! The games they play are fun, educational and therapeutic! We have been very happy with everyone we encounter at the barn!

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volunteer 11/01/2016

Thanks for the love Alexis and for sharing your beautiful amazing daughter with us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is amazing! My daughter is having so much fun with the different educational games they play she has NO idea she's getting in some great physical therapy! We drive an hour, one way, once a week because we love it so much! Thank you to all of the caring staff and volunteers for your dedication to help children with all kinds of disabilities.

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volunteer 11/01/2016

Thanks for making the drive and for understanding the magic behind the disguised learning that looks like fun!

1 Jennifer609

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister attends Jessie Baker School for kids with special needs. Project RIDE helps my sister and other students of Jessie Baker ride horses to work on their motor skills and educate them in riding in a safe and enjoyable manner. The instructors and volunteers are awesome!!

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volunteer 11/01/2016

We love working with our friends at Jessie Baker - an amazing school and we are proud to be an integral part of their education.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son loves this program. He's engaged. He's calm. He listens and is able to give walking commands. Project RIDE is a wonderful therapy program for individuals with disabilities.

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volunteer 11/01/2016

It's a joy for us to see the impact that the horses have on the clients we work with on a daily basis. Thanks for trusting us with your son!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been riding for 5 years. We love the people and the community atmosphere.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Helped my daughter overcome her anxiety. Staff and volunteers are amazing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been riding here for a year. It has given her such confidence. The volunteers and staff are amazing. It is a work of passion for them all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, Ethan Justus, has been a rider for about 17 years. He started at age 3, and has never been afraid of the horses or being up high. He has always enjoyed riding and the lessons provided. Tina and her staff are very professional,compassionate, and caring.

1 Tony44

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with mild spastic quad cerebral palsy a year ago. She loves each week she gets to go and ride a horse at project ride. The movement of the horses helps stretch her own muscles. They also make the kids minds work with fun activities. Myself and my wife will always be thankful for PRoject Ride. All the volunteers are awesome.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Project Ride and the years of fun and therapy they provided for my now 20 year old son Brandon who is on the autism spectrum. An incident always comes to mind when I think about Project Ride and how it helped my son connect with animals. When Brandon was about 8, I took him to a local fun park where they were offering parent-guided horse rides for children (meaning the parent walked with the horses reins to guide them around the track). We were instructed to keep the horses at a good distance between each other. Unfortunately, the horse behind me was allowed to come up way to close to my horse (I had no idea) and he decided to promptly bite my horse in the rear! My horse bucked and up went little Brandon in the air like a balloon! I don't know how but he landed safely near a bush (it was helpful that he had wanted to keep his knee pads from practice earlier that day). Needless to say everyone was panicked but he just wiped himself off, laughed and said "oh no Rucky throw me off!" Rucky was a nickname for a horse he rode at Project Ride. He wanted to get right back on which was wonderful because I didn't want him to be afraid to ride. All the efforts that Project Ride had put in to help Brandon understand horses really paid off that day. Love, love the organization!

Peggy40

Client Served

Rating: 5

She was 4 1/2 and ride for a number of years. She had so much fun riding she didn't realize she was doing therapy.
My daughter is now 13 and recalls her love of riding with horses with Project RIDE.

Client Served

Rating: 4

What weighs 1287 pounds and has a smile as wide as the barn door she rides thru? Tator the horse with my daughter at the reins. Enpowerment, pride and huge sense of accomplishment are evident at every session. I am guessing the horse has a good time too.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter became a client after suffering a muscle disease. When she began riding, she was very weak, and required a backrider and two sidewalkers. She rode with Project Ride for several years. When she started, she was in a wheelchair and barely able to sit upright. At the end of her time at Project Ride, she was able to walk again and could ride independently. When she was in the hospital, her one wish was to be able to ride horses again. I believe that Project Ride became her inspiration to keep trying, even when it seemed that her life could never be 'normal' again. I can't say enough about the founder, Chris Mc Parland, and all the selfless, wonderful volunteers who made this organization happen. I hope they have some idea how many lives they've improved.

1 Kimberli H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My teen daughter was a client served. We gladly waited on the list to start sessions, and when she did we were not disappointed. She rode for almost 2 years, then we moved from area.
I can not say enough about Project RIDE, their staff, and their passion for those with disabilities.