Happenings – Community Equestrian Causes

Rodeo Queen Candidate Chasing New Dreams on Horseback


Tori Ortiz, VTC Enterprises Elks Rodeo Queen Candidate’s math teacher invited her to check out The Warrior Goat program. She took the program by the horns. She excelled in breeding a grand champion goat and topped the intermediate  showmanship class last year. This connection led to new dreams on horseback.

A Dream Realized: Little Riders Moves into a New Permanent Home


What began as a donated ten stall barn lying in pieces, has slowly grown into a dream realized for the Little Riders program operated by Jack’s Helping Hand. The Little Riders Adaptive Riding program has been serving kids and young adults in the community since 2014 in Arroyo Grande. Since 2020 the program has been operating out of San Luis Obispo, and now lessons are being phased into the new facility at the Equestrian Center of the Jack Ready Imagination Park in Nipomo.

Horses Transform Veterans’ Lives and Career Paths | SLO Horse News

Horses Transform Veterans’ Lives and Career Paths


The turn-of-the-century home and yard was the perfect place to acknowledge the accomplishments not only of the veterans but of the inaugural class of Elite Vocations’ students. As the intent of the program set out to do these graduates testify that horses transform veterans’ lives. Sharon Jantzen shares the stories of how horses transformed these veterans’ lives.