Programming & Schedules

Taking the Reins has numerous opportunities for girls from 8 to 18.

Girls ages 8 – 11 may participate in our Cowgirl Corner program.

Many of our students come from Title One schools for after school programs, weekend programs are available for every girl in the area, and our workshop programs are available for schools and other organizations looking for a day long garden program.


Our program consists of weekday, weekend, summer, workshop, and holiday sessions. 

Weekday After-School Program:

During the school year, we partner with local schools and transport girls to Taking the Reins on early-dismissal days, arriving at the barn by 2pm for the Equestrian Program and returning to the school by 6pm. We also offer our Urban Farming Program in an after-school format, operating from 3pm to 5pm. All sessions last a total of 6 weeks. If you are interested in exploring a partnership, please contact our Operations Manager,  at

Our current partners are:

  • Roosevelt Middle School
  • Camino Nuevo High School
  • Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School

Weekend Program:

On the weekends, the program is open to all girls in the Los Angeles area, ages 11 to 18. Participants must arrange for their own transportation to and from the barn. We work closely with families to ensure our weekend program is affordable, by offering financial assistance to qualified individuals. We operate on a sliding fees scale; all are welcome to apply, and no girl is ever turned away for lack of ability to pay. If you are interested in signing up for our Weekend or Summer Program, please contact our Operations Manager, at

Programs Offered:

  • Equestrian
  • Seed to Skillet
  • Cowgirl Corner
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Hiking
  • Cooking
  • Art
  • Science
  • Judging & Hippology Team
  • Advanced Competition Team (invite only)
  • Youth Educational Services (must attend for 2 years and be in 8th grade)

Workshop Days:

Taking the Reins offers one-day workshops for groups to come out and experience the introductory lessons of the Equestrian and Urban Farming Programs. Current partners include the Girls Scouts of America. If you are interested in arranging for a workshop day, please contact our Operations Manager,  at