This week’s honoree: Leg Up for Cleveland’s Kids.
Every Friday, Horse Nation teams up with Ovation Riding to spotlight an individual or organization doing good work in the horse world. This week, we’re recognizing Leg Up for Cleveland’s Kids, or LUCK, an urban equestrian program based in Cleveland, Ohio.
LUCK’s mission statement is as follows:
LUCK seeks to positively contribute to the development of Cleveland’s youth through equine activities. LUCK envisions a generation of empowered, educated, and self-motivated young adults who demonstrate empathy, critical thinking, and commitment to personal growth. Daily interaction with horses and adult mentors creates consistent, caring relationships, enabling participants to become confident, capable, healthy and engaged citizens.
Partnering with the Cleveland Mounted Unit, LUCK helps foster positive interactions and relationships between youth and law enforcement. Participating youth learn to care for and ride horses, which has been proven to have multiple benefits for young people including increased sense of responsibility, empathy, social-emotional skills, motivation and more.
LUCK was founded in 2016 by four equestrian women who sought to bring those benefits to Cleveland’s youth. Originally running as a two-day immersion pilot program at the Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic, the program has expanded since, holding 11 programs of various lengths. In the current model, students are bused from Cleveland to partnering stables in the Chagrin Valley.
In the future, LUCK hopes to create long-term partner programming with the Cleveland Mounted Unit and eventually build its own equestrian center, allowing it to expand its offerings and increase its impact on the Cleveland community.
With its current program model, LUCK does not yet have a wide need for volunteers, but is always accepting donations. As programs expand, more volunteer help will be appreciated!
Many thanks thanks to Ovation Riding for their support of both Horse Nation and individuals and organizations that are doing good work in the horse world. If you know someone who deserves a Standing Ovation, we would love to recognize them in a future post. Email the name of the person or organization along with a message about the good work they do to [email protected] Photos/videos are always welcome, and include a link to their website if applicable.