We are thankful for all of the press coverage that Taking the Reins and our superstar girls receive!
Taking the Reins has been featured in numerous TV, print and online programs and we are always available to speak with members of the press about the program.
Contact our Operations Manager, Pamela Brown at email@example.com or call our office at 323-906-1560 with questions.
People find fulfillment in a variety of places, relationships, and things. 15-year-old Kaeli felt that sense of completion when horses entered her life thanks to Taking the Reins. Not only does she love spending time with horses, but she is also grateful for the ways...
The Los Angeles-based nonprofit Taking the Reins (TTR) was founded in 1998, which means 2023 marks 25 years of operation. Taking the Reins is dedicated to helping historically underserved girls in Los Angeles learn how to navigate their growth and futures by creating...
I hope you are still enjoying the joy and relaxation of the holiday season with your loved ones. Many of us know that with the excitement and celebrations of the holidays also come reminders of empty seats at the table. Our student, Tai – who you were introduced to...
I hope you have enjoyed our recent updates. As friends and supporters of Taking the Reins, I like to keep you informed. As you heard from members of our “herd” – last week, covering the rapidly-rising costs of horse care is currently our greatest need. Since the start...
Hi human friends – It’s Lovie and the rest of the horses from Taking the Reins here! We hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your families. People tell us that it’s a day to be grateful and a day with lots of yummy food. That sounds fun! We are grateful for the hay,...
Essays by TTR Students:
- Untacked spotlight on Taking The Reins
- LA Times: A tiny kitchen, but it lets at-risk girls work from seed to skillet
- LA Times: ACE Center builds an environment for learning at Taking the Reins
- GOOD NEIGHBORS: Reining in Excellence
“I was bullied a lot. I would try not to go out as much as possible because I was embarrassed of who I was. And I was my worst enemy. And when I got [to Taking the Reins], my opinion on everything changed. […] I’m a lot more self-confident. The more people I meet, the more connections I can have, the better my life will turn out, instead of following the influences I have.” – Alyssa, 15
“You’re taking care of a 1200-pound animal. It’s pretty hard to do that, so once you can get that handled, you can pretty much handle anything you want.” – Kate, 15
“‘The ultimate goal is to get the girls who come through this program to emerge as leaders in their community and beyond,’ says Janiene Langford, Taking the Reins’ Program Director. ‘A big piece of that is having an ownership of this area, an ownership of this land.'”
“Back at Taking the Reins in Atwater, Devyn Heart holds a member of the flock. Even though she’s only 13, Devyn is the resident chicken expert at Taking the Reins and knows all about different breeds and their personalities.”
“‘The best thing [Taking the Reins] has taught me is patience and control,’ Morado said. ‘Like, before if I was doing something and I messed up, I would immediately getmad. I didn’t know how to control myself. And here, if I make a mistake, that’s okay. I can learn how to improve.'”
“Le ha servido de mucho para que no ande con malas compañías, en las drogas, o con pandillas. Ahora ella quiere ser veterinaria y Dios quiera que se le cumpla su sueño.”
“Taking the Reins is the only nonprofit in Los Angeles that uses horseback riding to encore and develop the confidence of teen-aged girls. It also provides an opportunity for girls to learn about vocations related to equestrian activities.”
“I was arrested for threatening [my mom] with violence […] I wanted a fresh start and my school helped with that. I had all sorts of programs, one of which completely changed my life. Taking the Reins teaches responsibility and empowerment through horseback riding. […] I plan to go there until I go to medical school – I’d like to be a pediatrician.”