Founded by Georgina in 2006, The Rider’s Closet mission is to ensure that riding clothes are accessible to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, intercollegiate riding programs and individual riders who are in need.
In 2010, Georgina relocated The Rider’s Closet’s operations from her home to nearby nonprofit Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, which allows the program to run on a continuous basis. Pegasus provides equine-assisted activities and therapies to people with special needs, individuals at risk, and soon, military veterans. A Pegasus staff person manages The Rider’s Closet program and oversees the volunteers who staff it on a part-time basis.
This past July, The Rider’s Closet hosted a multi-event extravaganza in the new hospitality room at the Michele Arnhold Education Center for its first ever Rider Appreciation Day. The event was a success and a great opportunity for volunteers and TRC members to help distribute donated equestrian apparel to local riders in need.
The Faces of The Rider’s Closet
“Thank you so much. You guys are so awesome. I can’t tell you how much a difference this made, but I will share with you briefly if I may. Last year we wore second hand clothing and her pants had a stain that we could not remove. She was a bit embarrassed as it was noticeable, but she understands we are doing the best we can. This weekend she rode much more confidently as she did not have to worry about the stain. I thank your organization for helping more than you know. She did fantastic!”
“Thank you so much for the beautiful clothing you sent for my daughter Courtney! My outspoken 15-year-old was speechless when she opened the box, and cried when she saw the boots! My daughter works so hard to return each horse that comes to us to health and never asks for anything in return. She is a wonderful spirit, taking so much pride in helping a tossed-away horse blossom into a show-quality citizen. I am so happy that she can do that in style this season! Thank you to everyone who took part in making such a miracle happen for my daughter!”
– Jennifer Brock, Brock Stables
“I just wanted to say thank you for the clothes you sent me! There is no way I would have ever been able to afford them on my own. Now I have a nice show outfit and can have fun competing for the first time with a team. Thank you so much for that!”
-Christin F., Long Island, NY
“Thank you so much for your donation of show clothes to the Columbia University Equestrian Club. It means a lot to the members of our team who are on financial aid and would not otherwise have show clothes. You help make what we do happen, because equal opportunity is what college equestrian is all about!”
-The Columbia University Equestrian Club
“Thank you – thank you – thank you!! I absolutely love the clothing sent to me. Almost everything fit perfectly, and what didn’t, I’ve passed on to others that needed them. I was in desperate need of breeches, as all of my jeans were wearing thin with holes. I can now enter a jumping show and feel completely confident with my new ‘fancy’ show coat and shirt. I am so grateful for your organization’s donation to me. Please keep up the good work, as this has made a huge impact on my life.”
– Tiffany M., New Orleans, LA
The Rider’s Closet accepts individual and corporate donations of all new and gently used riding gear, then donates the items to any rider in need in the U.S. who requests them. All equestrian clothing and boots except helmets are accepted.
Ariat you are incredible! Thank you for the amazing donation to the Rider’s Closet to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Over $200,000 worth of clothing and boots that will help any rider, therapeutic riding center, or college team in need. Now there will be a lot more people out there riding in style with some new Ariat gear this fall. Thank you from all of us here at the Rider’s Closet and all the people you are helping. We are so grateful to you for all your generosity. Petey will have to find somewhere else to climb very soon as my guess is that these boxes will be heading out to other riders very quickly! @ariatinternational @ariatequestrian ??