"Harnessing the Magic of Horses to Change Lives Since 1979"
Project R.I.D.E. Inc. provides recreational therapeutic horseback riding instruction to people with special needs. Utilizing gentle equines and specially trained volunteers, we construct a safe and enjoyable experience that is therapeutic in its benefits, educational in its design and recreational at its heart.
8840 Southside Ave.
Elk Grove, CA 95624
|County or Parish:||Sacramento|
|Sub NTEE:||Special Education|
Our top needs:
- Funding: Unrestricted - Construct a New Arena ($15,000): In 2017 we will build a second arena on our property to be able to offer simultaneous lessons and build capacity. The funding for the building is secured but lighting, restrooms, visitor seating and additional stabling will be needed.
- Funding: Program - Replenish Our Tuition Assistance Program. ($90,000): Our 'Jockey Club' program provides scholarships to families in need. Over half our families request tuition assistance each year and we would like to grant all of their requests. Many families struggle to afford their riding tuition and we would like to turn down zero clients because of inability to pay.
- Funding: Other - Endowment Fund ($30,000): We are making good progress toward our original goal of $1,000,000 in the Endowment Fund which helps ensure long-range fiscal security for Project R.I.D.E. Inc. Our goal for this year is to add $30,000 to that fund.
- Volunteers - Our program relies heavily on volunteer support. Without the 800+ individuals who came to volunteer last year, our program would not have operated at all. It takes the support of 3 people for every single rider. In addition, volunteers are needed ongoing for stable management, horse care, administrative work and special events and fundraisers. Anyone 14 and older is welcome to attend our volunteer orientation and training sessions, held monthly.
- Board Members - The lifeblood of any healthy nonprofit is its board. We are always open to applications from prospective board members. Experience volunteering directly in program is highly desirable. Board meetings are open to the public and are held the second Thursday of each month at our facility.
Because most children are naturally attracted to horses, they tend to thrive in our program, motivated by their relationship with the horse to do their personal best in a noncompetitive, individualized learning environment. A physically-challenged person mounted on a horse is given a new visual perspective, free from the physical limitations that may challenge him or her in daily life. A cognitively-challenged rider gains a trusted new friend and a unique path to social and developmental growth. Our instructors, staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors are all devoted and caring individuals who recognize the importance of the magical bond that occurs between horse and rider, especially when the rider is in any way limited. As a nonprofit organization, Project R.I.D.E. Inc. would not exist without the valuable support of the community and the tireless dedication of our volunteers. With annual operating expenses in excess of $500,000, we rely heavily on community grants and generous corporate and private donations to keep our program running. But we need your help. Although we are currently able to empower over 600 active riders, our client waitlist stands at approximately 150 riders and grows steadily.
Christine Calanchini, Executive Director