Mission Statement

City To Saddle strives to provide a diverse population of under-served children access to the life-enhancing benefits of horsemanship programs. 

About City To Saddle

City To Saddle funds and arranges riding opportunities for children ages 6-13. Since 2003, we have enrolled hundreds of boys and girls from Boston’s inner city, Worcester, and other urban/metro areas into a variety of equestrian programs at barns located throughout Massachusetts.

Spotlighted in the Boston Globe, Yankee Pedlar, and other publications, City to Saddle is noted for its innovative concept and community-based initiatives.

Organization Structure

In September, 2004, City To Saddle received Federal IRS and State of Massachusetts corporate status as a 501(C)3 tax-exempt, non-profit charitable organization. Contributions to City To Saddle are tax-deductible. The City To Saddle organization is staffed and operated solely by volunteers. Our federal tax-exempt ID number is 20-1053861. To see a full list of officers, board members, and incorporators, check out our organization structure.

History of City To Saddle

City To Saddle was founded by Barbara Zenker and Kim Summers in 2003. Barbara, a devoted rider, and Kim, an experienced equestrian instructor, had both witnessed – and personally enjoyed – the many benefits derived from the unique and powerful relationship between human and horse. Together, they committed themselves to providing economically disadvantaged youth the same access to these extraordinary opportunities and rewards.

In June of 2003, the first City To Saddle initiative was launched at the Dana Hall School Riding Center Summer Horsemanship Program in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Eight youngsters from Dorchester participated in the pioneer program. In addition to riding, they helped to care for their ponies alongside other Dana Hall campers – learning how to groom, tack, and feed their equine partners. These experiences fostered patience and compassion, while building confidence and trust in both people and horses.

Utilizing the core elements of this pilot City To Saddle program, Barbara and Kim generated an adaptable program template which could be tailored to the particular needs and constraints at other barns. Collaborating with City To Saddle, these venues offered additional riding opportunities to diverse populations of under-served children throughout Massachusetts. 

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