A Youth Mentorship Program

Rider's Up!
Since 2019

Helping Kids & Thoroughbreds


Our Story

Our East Texas communities in and around Wood, Rains and Hopkins County are “all or nothing,” and many families simply do not have the ability to afford activities for their children, such as horseback riding, despite being rural, farm communities. 

Our vision is to provide free riding lessons to low income families in our area using off-the-track Thoroughbreds who also need second careers and aftercare. 

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide local children with the opportunity to learn how to ride horses as well as learn about horsemanship, horse care, and stable management while providing off the track Thoroughbreds with careers after racing.

Help A Kid

How Does It Work?

Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive free riding lessons, the student’s parents or guardian, must provide proof of residency in Wood, Rains or Hopkins County via a Texas State Driver’s License or ID Card and copy of a utility bill with matching address. Proof of low income status via participation in another qualified financial assistance program such as TANF, SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, CHIP or by household income (recent pay stub from employer or tax return.) 

Special Needs Kids

Students that join based on special needs status must provide a doctor’s letter or diagnosis of special needs. We are capable of working with special needs students that are high functioning. Otherwise, we will refer them to Shadow Ranch in Sulphur Springs, as they have the resources available to work with more aggressive special needs conditions. 

What Ages Do You Accept?

We accept children ages 5 to 17. 

What Will My Child Learn?

The students taking part in this program will participate just like our regular, paying riding students. They will follow the same riding program and semester schedules and will receive regular weekly instruction. All students will learn:

  • Stall cleaning and barn chores
  • Tack cleaning and care
  • Hoof care
  • Feeds and feeding
  • Horsemanship
  • Groundwork
Why Do You Use Thoroughbreds?

Thoroughbreds are bred to have a job and they thrive in regular work. Additionally, they have fantastic personalities and love kids!