The Spurred Up Youth Riders on March 31st. had an opportunity to have group & one on one work with Chris Ellsworth a well known Trainer in Natural Horsemanship from Gillette, WY. He is here in California perfoming clinics in across the northern parts of the state. One of his statements about horsemanship is " JUST KNOWING SOMETHING TO DO ISN’T ENOUGH. TO REALLY UNDERSTAND A HORSE YOU’VE GOT TO SEE WHAT HE SEES." . Mr Ellsworth took time out to share that concept with our S.U. Riders.
Thursday October 19th, Spurred was recognized by Civi Pride Inc.@ their Youth Ambassador Scholarship & Civic Awards Gala with the " Civic Award of Distingished Community Service".
The Spurred Up Family thanks The Dr. and and the Honorable Mrs. Carol Tolbert for recognizing Spurred Up and it's work with youth in our community here in Oakland.
Spurred Up along with Diamond Equine Services and other programs now located locally @ City Stables Hosted an open house for the community. Diamond Services provided Bar B Que, and the rest of the folks kicked in with a pot luck type serving. Spurred Up youth, parents, family and friends provided lesson demostrations as well as their educational aspect to horsemanship.
Win Two Tickets to the BPIR buy purchasing a raffle ticket from your local Boot Barn store On July 1st, for just $5.00 per ticket you can enter to win two tickets to the "GREATEST SHOW ON DIRT". The BPIR comes to Rowell Ranch Rodeo Grounds July 8th & 9th starting @ 2:30pm Saturday & Sunday. Saturday's tickets are reserved seating and Sunday's tickets are exclusive box seats both days come with free parking. These tickets along parking are valued @ $155.00, all proceeds go to Spurred Up. As we continue our mission:
Spurred Up’s mission is to enrich the lives of youth through exposure to the diverse traditions and values of the American West horsemanship and equestrian culture by providing opportunities to engage in education, expectations, experience and entertainment.
Spurred Up had a great day informing the public on their program. Dennis the District Manager for Boot Barn also worked with the S.U. Riders and their parents in obtaining boots for all S.U. Riders. He also took time to explain the types of boots and how the Corporate side of Boot Barn works.
S.U. Rider Shelby mounts up with Ophra and her S.U. Rider Posse for a group photo with Boot Barn District Managet Dennis Thornsberry.
BOOT BARN HOSTS FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL NON PROFIT SPURRED UP
Spurred Up’s mission is to enrich the lives of youth through exposure to the diverse traditions and values of the American West horsemanship and equestrian culture by providing opportunities to engage in education, expectations, experience and entertainment
PLEASE JOIN US @ THE FAIRFIELD
BOOT BARN LOCATED @ 4670 CENTRAL WAY
FROM 9:00AM TO 5:00PM
APRIL 22ND 2017 FOR FUN & PRIZES
My mission is to introduce youth and their families to the equine culture, develop their horsemanship skills and champion competitive endeavors in a nurturing environment, geared towards selfenrichment and positive social emotional connections.
My parents instilled in me the importance of a quality education, social justice and community advocacy. My mother worked for the city of Oakland, serving the city 32 years and my father is a lifelong Cowboy and served as a race track professional for Hollywood Park, Santa Anita Park and Los Alamitos Race Course.
My passion for horsemanship and barrel racing began early in life, at the age of five I became an avid horseback rider; by the age of eleven I started competing in Gymkhana’s. In 1993 at the age of thirteen I entered my first rodeo competition at the Rowell Ranch Bill Pickett Invitational Black Rodeo. I continued my barrel racing career competing in non-sanctioned rodeos, junior rodeos and jackpot barrel races.
I began my horsemanship and barrel racing training programs in 1995 as a trainer for the Oakland City Stables Youth Program. As I honed my teaching techniques, I furthered my training programs by providing one-on-one horsemanship, barrel racing clinics and private instruction to riders of all ages and skill levels.
As a mother of two children, I am a strong advocate for youth enrichment programs; and a firm believer that the equestrian principles will teach students life skills and have a positive effect on their academic performance. As a newly elected School Board Member of the San Lorenzo Unified School District, I am eager to partner with organizations that aim to provide a holistic approach to student wellness, taking them outside of their urban environments, giving them access to programs that will supplement their education.
ASSOCIATIONS/ BOARD SEATS/GROUPS
Bill Pickett Invitational Black Rodeo 1993 - 1998, 2007, 2016 Northern California Black Horseman Association, Member 1993 – 1997 Northern California Black Horseman Association Youth Color guard 1993 - 1996 Northern California Urban Youth Rodeo Team, The Outlaws, Team Captain 1995 – 1997 American Computer Barrel Racing Association 1997 - 1997 School Personnel Commissioners Ass. of Northern California , Board Member 2016 – 2016 San Lorenzo Unified School District Board of Education, Board Member 2016 - 2020
Spurred Up began the 2017 year rain and all on last Saturday @ Oakland City Stables. Bringing the Program closer to home. " It doesn't mean we won't be on the road" ( says GM Odest Logan ) "It means we hope to serve more youth in our program". Spurred Up & The Freedom Riders worked with the city of Oakland in 2014 for a Horsemanship summer camp @ City Stables and served over 200 youth for the summer. " We hope to capture that effect again this summer.
Horseman Odest Logan, 2017 winner of the Jefferson Award
With much prayer and thought about how to impact the lives of Oakland's inner city youth, particularly those in single parent homes. Horseman Odest Logan, born and raised in Oakland, CA (West & East), determine to support outcomes with success in his grandson, from a single parent home. Determined to serve a community of children unaware of the contribution men and women of color made in building the 'old West,' decided to retire at the age of 55, after 37 years of service with PG&E, where his passion to serve community was motivated and nurtured in the territory he covered in San Francisco's Hunters Point, as Community Affairs Director, Black Employee's Association, and Member of the Safety Division, an Ordained Deacon, he worked with the Teens Program, teaching youth bible study, and as the President of Oakland Community Organization,(OCO) instrumental in increasing the budget and the numbers of active churches, impacting public education and Social justice.
Horseman Logan still needing to offer youth support, he married his passion for horses and his brain child Spurred Up, offering opportunity and exposing Oakland youth to what Spurred Up calls their 4E's; Expectation Education Experience Entertainment.
Jefferson Awards' s Mission is to empower others to have maximum impact on the things they care about most.
Congratulations Horseman Logan and Spurred Up participants and supporters.
The California Cattle Penning Association completed its 2016 competition on October 15th, in Turlock @ the Turlock Horseman's Club. The Spurred Up Riders showed well in the Pee Wee Division and Junior Divisions. "C" & "E" showed their talents in the Pee Wee Division, S,U, Riders "C" placed 4th doing well for his first year and the second half of the dynamic duo "E" took the 2nd place trophy home. Junior S.U. Riders "KK" and "J" did their parts in performing in the CCPA. "KK" placed 6th in the top ten with Juniors for her first year. And the talk of the the town was S.U. Rider "J" who had set his goal on winning the Junior division for the 2016 year after placing 7th for the 2015 competition year. And the Champion for the 2016 CCPA Junior Division is non-other than S.U. Rider "J" with a resounding 10 point victory over the second place winner. Congratulations to all of the S.U. Riders for their successful year in the CCPA.