Operation Progress LA | Equestrian Program
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Equestrian Program

What is the “Horse Project”?

OP’s Equestrian Program is amazing. A unique and rewarding blend of volunteers and scholars who share a love for horses and community, the Equestrian Program changes the lives of participants and volunteers alike. But the Equestrian Program costs money and OP does not have the budget to support it. We really like the Equestrian Program, so we decided we would try to raise the money needed to keep it going. That is our commitment. We are calling our effort the “Horse Project.”

Who are we?

We are six kids who volunteer at Operation Progress’ Equestrian Program: Alec W.(16 years old), Katie W.(11), Audrey T.(11), Kaylin Y.(11) (all from Polytechnic School), Lily B.(15) (Notre Dame Academy), and Jake G.(16) (Loyola High School). We have had a blast working with and getting to know the OP scholar/equestrians—who are terrific group of young people with some impressive equestrian skills. We call ourselves the Junior Leadership Committee. We have included information about some of us below.

Equestrian Program
Team work

What are we going to do?

First, we need to raise $28,500 in 12 months—because that is what the Equestrian Program costs. We will track our progress on this page. Our parents have thrown in the first $1000. So we are on our way! Second, we will volunteer as many Saturday afternoons as we are able. We have the best time with the horses and the scholars! Third, we are going to figure out new ways to enrich the program and help out any way we can. We already have a bunch of ideas and look forward to working on them with the scholars and other volunteers.

Please help!

We have a long way to go but are confident that with support of our classmates, family, and friends, we will reach our goals. We are grateful for any support you can give. To donate now, please click on the button below. We appreciate every donation in every amount.


Hi! I’m Alec, a sophomore at Polytechnic High School in Pasadena. My family is pretty heavily involved in horses, and my sister, Katie, and I grew up riding. I was really excited when I found Operation Progress’ Equestrian Program and became a volunteer (Katie volunteers, too), and was incredibly disappointed to learn that it would be shut down because it did not have enough funding. I have seen the impact that the Equestrian Program has and would like to make sure that it continues to make a difference in people’s lives— scholars, volunteers, police officer-mentors — including my own. I hope you will join us!


My name is Lily! I am a freshman at Notre Dame Academy High School in Los Angeles. I participate in activities such as The Association of Catholic Student Councils (TACSC), playing volleyball, and I enjoy riding horses with my mom. I like to volunteer as much as I can and Operation Progress’ Equestrian Program is a great opportunity for me to help others. I hope to continue working with it and helping make sure the program continues because it makes a positive impact for me and the Operation Progress community.


Hello, my name is Jake and I’m a junior at Loyola High School in Downtown Los Angeles. Before I discovered Operation Progress’ Equestrian Program, I had no experience with riding. However, once I witnessed the effect these horses had on the children, it motivated me to learn everything about the species in hope of making this experience even more enjoyable for them. As a result, when I heard that the program would soon be shut down due to a lack of funding, I knew that I must use all of my power to stop this tragedy from occurring, which is why I’m seeking your support. This program means everything to these kids… so if it ends they won’t have anything.


Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Equestrian Program; your generosity will help transform
and inspire the lives of countless underserved children!









Brian Flynn, Connie Robinson

$100 or less

Nicolas Morse

Special Supporters


A special thank you to our Corporate Sponsor Whittier Trust for donating $5,000


Kolar Foundation Charitable Foundation of BuckleySandler LLP/ Clinton and Kelly Rockwell and Family, Stacy Vierheilig-Fraser


 Bice Passavant Foundation, Catherine and Casey Adams, Barbara and Scott Bice, Janice Burrill, Warren & Anna-Marie Guinane, Ken and Carolyn Mueller, David and Monica Walsh, The Yaguras, Eleanor Mercado, Tim McCarthy, 


Steve and Katie High, Ryan Walsh, Dr. Joseph and Mrs. Karen Walsh, David and Frances Morrison


Thomas Vigdal, John Webster, Sheri and Peter Chan, Wendy Ray, John and Allison Byrne, Tom and John Sonego, Warren and Katherine Wimmer, Julio Ramirez and Anette Castro, Janet Andrea, Margaret and Marc Kenny, Kenneth Busiere, Mark and Sandra Miranti, Elaine Lu and Jon Tomlin, Nick and Gina Mosich, Jean and Altagrace Henry, Howard and Susan Goldman, Elizabeth Camacho and Felix Avila, Christianne and Charles Kerns,  The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Joseph and Melissa Demer, Nicole & Bernhard Von Thaden 


Ann Babcock, Kevin Grandalski, Kate Rangel, Leona and Al Huber

Special Supporters

Richard and Sharon Ardoin, Toliver and Marjorie Besson, Valerie Elise Bigelow, Suzette Clover and Leonard Pape, Susan Etheredge, Barbara and Patrick Hines, Paul and Hui Fang Hwee, Margaret Jordan, Katherine Murray, Purvi Patel, Rhea and Patrick Rendon, Jonathan Smith, Robert and Crystal Span, Jay Schuminsky, Alan and Millie Steinbrecher, Michael Turrill, Brian, Robin and Kevin Flynn, Kathleen Callaway, Patrick and Abigail Walsh, Ryan Aubry, Lisa Robin and Terry Smigla, Nancy Thomas, Charles Miller, John and Mary Ulin, Margaret and Paul Grossman, Yong Bom Lee and Su Yeon Lee, The Kelly Family Revocable Trust, Louis and Laura Fleming, John Durrant
Mitchell Silberg & Knupp LLP, Vivian Suarez, Chris Wilson, Quimby Pierce, Nicholas & Judy Martin, Yuen Fang & Stanley Liu, Karin & William Amour