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Saddle Up Scholars partners with equestrian outreach programs to provide academic support to young horse enthusiasts who are facing educational challenges due to systemic inequalities. Our program harnesses the transformative power of education and the positive influence of horses to allow youth to embrace their potential and build a brighter future for themselves. Our goal is to empower youth and help them develop strengths for overcoming challenges, building resilience, and succeeding academically in order to secure a pipeline to college and/or career entry.


Equestrian outreach programs across the country are teaching kids how to ride and take care of horses, helping to convey important lessons about themselves and their own abilities. Riding horses helps improve a young person’s confidence by teaching them to be responsible and cooperate with another living being and to not give up in the face of challenges. These lifelong lessons in horsemanship, coupled with academic assistance, help youth learn about being perseverant, empathetic, responsible, and composed, setting themselves up for success beyond the stable. 



Saddle Up Scholars is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote equity and inclusion in the equestrian community by channeling the passion for horses into academic excellence. Our organization is committed to promoting social justice through educational opportunities. We are committed to making a direct and lasting difference in the lives of youth engaged in riding outreach programs.



We aim to empower youth by providing access to educational support, academic enrichment, and mentoring coupled with their pursuit of equestrian sports. We believe in the transformative power of education and the positive influence of equine-assisted activities. The unique approach of Saddle Up Scholars will give our students the skills to overcome challenges, embrace their potential, achieve professional fulfillment, and build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

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