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Equestrian Program

Junior Leadership Committee

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Hi! I’m Alec, and I’m a Senior at the Polytechnic School in Pasadena. My family is pretty heavily involved in horses, so my sister, Katie, and I grew up riding. I was enthralled when I found Operation Progress’ Equestrian Program and readily became a volunteer (Katie volunteers, too). I was incredibly disappointed to learn that the program lacked funding and would shut down. 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 Junior 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.

Loran OP Horse Project


I’m Loran and I’m a Freshman at Flintridge Prep in Los Angeles. I’ve always been interested in horses, and I love how much the Equestrian program helps my community. I can’t wait to work more with the program!



Hi, my name is Kaylin and I am a seventh grader at Polytechnic (same as Katie).  I am an avid fiction reader and a complete nerd.  I am thrilled to be part of the Horse Project at Operation Progress!  I love animals and hanging out with my friends.  I learned so much from Operation Progress!

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Audrey (Center)

Hello. My name is Audrey. I am a Poly seventh grader. In my free time, I like to draw and read. I am so glad to be a part of the Horse Project at Operation Progress! I find the kids’ stories so powerful, and I love to see the help that the Horse Project provides for them. I have really enjoyed volunteering at OP and look forward to continuing!



Hi! I’m Katie. I’m a seventh grader at Polytechnic School (the same school as my brother, Alec). I love to ride horses (I have a buckskin mare called Bella Luna) and am really excited to be part of the Horse Project at Operation Progress. I have a great time hanging out with and getting to know the OP Scholars each Saturday.  I am learning a lot and making new friends!

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.(18 years old), Loran (16) Katie W.(13), Audrey T.(13), Kaylin Y.(13), and Lily B.(17). 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 above.

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—but our goal this year is to raise $60,000 so more scholars can participate in the program. We will track our progress on this page. Our parents have made substantial contributions. 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.

2019 Donors
Thank you to Whittier Trust for their $10,000 sponsorship of the equestrian program!

We are so grateful for your support of the Equestrian Program. Your gift provides a special program that truly makes an impact in the Scholars lives.

Thank you all!


Alec and Katie Walsh; Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program; Richard Bridgford; Bice Passavant Foundation; Ryan and Sonia Yagura; Eleanor Mercado; Mrs. and Mr. Charles Gaffney; Janice Burrill; Edmund and Mary Shea Family Foundation


Carrie Walker; Suzette Clover; Valerie Elise E. Bigelow; Barbara and Patrick Hines; Susan and John Lamb; Purvi Patel; Karen and Rick Walker; Ken Mueller; Harold Parker; Barbara Roach; Richard Lord; Jay Schuminsky; Bill Ahmanson; Margaret and Marc Kenny; James & Sandra Kawahito; Tom and Nancy Buck; Catherine and Becca Cadogan; G. Cresswell Templeton, III; John and Allison Byrne; Patricia and Dick Lowry; Michael Maloney; Judith Baxter; Michael & Dounia Turrill; Ryan Aubry; Elaine Lu and Jonathan Tomlin; Brian Flynn; Wendy Ray and Michael Felmar; Christianne and Charles Kerns; Paul Tosetti; Neal Collier; Beong-Soo Kim and Bonnie Wongtrakool; Warren and Kathy Wimmer; Laurie Hasencamp; Paul Sanner; Julie Withers and Alan Goedde


Patrick Walsh; Matthew Cave and Cristyn Chadwick; John and Mary Ulin; Cynthia and Ronald Olah; Margaret and Paul Grossman; Nancy Baxter; Richard and Sharon Ardoin; Peter McAniff; Bianca Howitt; The Turknette Family; Charmayne Gentry; Peter and Joanne Osinoff; Charles Miller; Ronald and Tina Koch; Karin and William Amour; Tiffany and Marc Harris; Marea Kelly Trtee

Special Supporters

Beth Bootzin; Olivia Gutierrez-Romero; Margaret Jordan; Maria Pocapalia; Alex Gaffney; Charles Callanan