Care, Compassion, Concern <br> for all living things
Youth Leadership Program
Creating strong leaders with kind and gentle souls

The Youth Leadership Program is an expansion of the Youth Volunteer Program. It provides youth with opportunities to better their horsemanship skills, as well as their life skills. They work to rehabilitate and train horses as well as learn how to better communicate and problem solve with their peers, set goals and become effective leaders. The ultimate goal is for the youth to earn a mentor position where they help guide their peers through this process.

Our youth work with other children from the community in:
  • Therapeutic and social programs
  • Fundraisers for the organization 
  • Small and large animal pet adoptions
  • The "return to the native land" restoration project
  • Our youth activism program
Our youth lobby politicians for changes in laws affecting our nation's horses. In 2010, the Humane Society of the United States asked our youth to be part of helping to pass anti-slaughter legislation.  Many of our youth leaders were involved in meeting with California State Legislators. Thanks to the effort of the youth and the Humane Society, the resolution passed.

Participants receive a project horse that they are responsible for during the session. Participants learn about responsible horse ownership and the daily care that goes into owning a horse.

Participants also learn the following:

  • Daily care, hoof care and basic veterinary care
  • Horse breeds, conformation, colors and markings
  • Training through the S.T.A.R. natural horse program
  • Proper use and fitting of tack
  • English and western riding
Youth also are able to participate in special activities that include:
  • Movie nights
  • Horse shows
  • Parade and other special events
  • Mentor programs
Volunteer opportunities include assisting with birthday parties, summer camps, and field trips

Time and Dates:

  • 8-11 years of age ~ Classes are held each Thursday from 4-6 pm and the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9 am - 12 pm 
  • 12-17 years of age ~ Classes are held each Wednesday from 4-6 pm and the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11 am - 3 pm
Cost: $50 per month (without riding) or $80 per month (with riding) includes two lessons per month
A one-time $50 registration fee applies for first time participants. For this fee each participant will receive a youth leadership t-shirt, grooming bucket, brushes and tools. Participants also receive a youth membership.
For more information on starting dates contact Julie McBride at:
Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization * Tax ID #52-2444981
916-941-0800 * 5800 Latigo Ln. El Dorado Hills, Ca 95762 * Mailing Address: PO Box 4692, El Dorado Hills, Ca 95762
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