Taking the Reins alumna Sarah is drawing her own storyboard

Sarah is a junior at Cal State Long Beach pursuing her degree in animation and preproduction. She also is one of many Taking the Reins alumni who credit the organization with giving them valuable life skills. For Sarah, she says her work ethic and confidence are the two most significant things to...

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Did you know Taking the Reins has a youth judging team?

Competition season has kicked off for the Taking the Reins youth judging team. There are four girls on the team this year – Sally, Lacey, Tai, and Kaeli. They travel locally, and hopefully nationally, to adjudicate horse competitions. The first competition for 2023 was held at California Polytech...

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Lacey’s First Horse Show

Taking the Reins student Lacey is still on a high from her first show with the Taking the Reins show team in early April. The weekend ended up including more firsts than originally planned. As Lacey’s excitement grew the week leading up to the show, a brand new horse, Moonlightt Cyzzle, arrived at...

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Supernatural PR, “Scotty” (8.3.2003 – 5.1.2023)

“Always remember that once a horse has touched your soul, they will always be with you.” In times of celebration, and in times of sadness, you turn to friends for support. Right now, we are coming to you with some very sad hearts. A beloved member of our herd “Scotty” was laid to rest on Monday,...

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Robin McCary would have gone to college.

Robin McCary is a dedicated Taking the Reins board member. For as long as she can remember, she has prioritized finding ways to have horses in her life. It started by working at a local farm to pay for her horse’s board as a young teenager, and now it looks like spending her free time supporting,...

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Celebrating National Gardening Day

Taking the Reins is most known for transforming Los Angeles girls’ lives through its extensive equestrian program; however, a somewhat hidden gem within this organization is Seed-to-Skillet, which teaches girls effective gardening and food preparation skills. Year-round girls are taught about seed...

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Meet Sally: Facing fears, finding passion

When Sally was 10 years old, her mom decided it was time to do something about how debilitating her daughter’s anxiety was getting. Sally was especially nervous around animals, so her mom wanted to find a place she could work through that. A friend recommended Taking the Reins (TTR) – not only so...

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Meet Kaeli: Our first Taking the Reins Junior Board President

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 TTR has pushed her to be a...

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Taking the Reins celebrates 25 years of serving Los Angeles girls

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 an environment for exploration...

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