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December 2016

Dear Ride On Supporter

With every success comes challenge, at least in the nonprofit world.

The last 16 months at Ride On have seen some enormous success – we managed an amazing Special Olympics World Games Equestrian competition, we completed construction of our new Education and Therapy building in Chatsworth all while giving a record 8,000+ lessons and therapy treatments to individuals with disabilities.

My approach has always been to focus on delivering world-class service, run a transparent and accountable nonprofit and invite the community to support our work if our mission speaks to them. That combination of values has guided Ride On since our founding. Those values will lead us to celebrate a remarkable milestone next February - 100,000 lessons given in our history.

Most years things go according to plan, give or take a few minor bucks and spooks along the way.  However this year we have encountered a pretty large mountain on our trail and we really need your help to get us over it.

If you’ve followed me over the last 20 years or so that I’ve been leading Ride On I am not one to shout ‘the sky is falling’ every time we face a challenge. Unfortunately, providing a record level of service and completing a construction project has brought financial stress with it.

The completion of the Education and Therapy Building will meet a key strategic goal and help set the stage for providing generations of service. While City of Los Angeles funding helped create it, the City also dramatically increased costs with its “prevailing wage” and contracting requirements. We recognized completing this important goal would drain our financial reserves so began planning on a successful spring fundraiser to complement our fall event. Harrison Ford helped us celebrate the completion of our building in the spring but, unfortunately in late October, Mr. Murdock cancelled our fall fundraiser after months of planning. The last-minute cancellation of our largest annual fundraiser has a devastating impact on our programs.

Ride On has always been the product of community support. It has long since outgrown the ability of any one individual to support it.  More than ever, as we celebrate 22 years of service and nearly 100,000 lessons provided, we need the support of the community, big or small, now.  No Chicken Little – honest!

Ride On has a talented team of professionals that are committed to provide the highest level of service but we cannot do it without your help.  Please consider a donation - your support will allow us to reach our 100,000 lesson goal and give many more kids and adults with special needs the opportunity to experience the joy and freedom that only a horse can bring.


Bryan McQueeney
Chief Executive Officer


“My daughter has been riding at Ride On for PTSD. She was adopted June of last year and spent over three years in foster care. Her trauma was so significant she couldn't concentrate in school, had emotional outbursts, and was diagnosed with early stages of an eating disorder. Nearing 6 months of riding we have already seen amazing changes in her mood, her academic grades have jumped considerably, and she now has dreams and ambitions to work with horses as her career. Watching her learn to focus on leading the horse has begun to teach her how to take her time and stay focused on a singular task.”

Heather Lee Dixon Dragulescu


“Gavin has been going to Ride On for a little over a year now. At first I thought how can an animal help him, I just didn't understand...

With research and trial we are in love and beyond grateful for what it has done for our family and Gavin. He's learned so very much and it has impacted his physical abilities a ton. We wouldn't change it for the world. Super blessed.”

Jenna White

horse therapy therapeutic horsemanship hippotherapy

 Ride On in Newbury Park - 401 Ronel Court, Newbury Park, CA 91320
 Phone (805) 375-9078 Fax (805) 309-5234 E-Mail Sara@rideon.org
Ride On in Chatsworth
10860 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth, CA 91311
Phone (818) 700-2971 Fax (805) 309-5234 E-Mail Sara@rideon.org