Press Room

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 or call our office at 323-906-1560 with questions.


On bad days …

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...

We need your help this #GivingTuesday

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...

Our horses have a favor to ask …

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:

Featured Stories:

“Empowering Girls Through Horsepower” by Bings Wings Productions

 “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


Kathy Vara, “At-Risk Girls Learn to Take the Reins” from NBC 4’s series “Life Connected.

“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


Danielle Tarasiuk, “Taking the Reins: Teaching Life Skills through Horseback Riding, Urban Farming, and the L.A. River.”

“‘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.'”


Robert Garrova, “Flying the Coop: Why urban farmers should do research before raising chickens” from KPCC.

“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.”


Vicki Chen, “Urban Barn TeachesTeamwork Through Horseback Riding” from the Annenberg TV News.

‘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.'”


Hoy, “Jóvenes ‘Toman las Riendas’ de su futuro”

“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.”


Beyond the Bell Magazine, “Taking the Reins Helps Teenaged Girls Take Control of Their Lives”

“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.”


Twist, “Your True Stories: My Mom Had Me Arrested.”

“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.”