Who We Serve
The physical and psychological benefits of sharing time with horses are undeniable, but are too often reserved for those who can afford riding lessons. Saddle Up Scholars has partnered with these existing outreach programs that bring youth from low-income neighborhoods to experience and enjoy horses and horseback riding.
In partnership with five Baltimore-based farms, Bacon Hall, Church Hill, Johnnycake Farm, Olney Farm, and Willow View Farm, the Schuster Foundation provides over 1,000 lessons per year for children enrolled in Baltimore City Community Organizations.
Based in Philadelphia since 1994, Work to Ride is a community-based prevention program that aids under-resourced urban youth through constructive activities centered on horsemanship, equine sports, and education.
Charm City Youth Polo brings young riders from Baltimore City to the sport of polo. In conjunction with Garrison Forest School, the teams practice and compete in the interscholastic league under the USPA.
The Ruth M. Kirk Center gives kids in the community a safe place to learn and play and to provide some basic family needs such as food, coats, toys and hygiene products. The Citizen’s United for the 44th District works to develop and strengthen the vibrant community and culture in Southwest Baltimore through the creation of accessible educational, recreational, and employment opportunities.