For Reading was founded in 1997 by Penny Carpenter, Lisa DaValle, and
Marnye Langer. Their goals were simple: How do we take the sport we enjoy
and the animal we love and combine it with some of our deepest held values
of literacy and education? Their answer was Riding For Reading, and in
its first three years the non-profit organization donated over $20,000
to school libraries throughout Northern California and reached over 200,000
elementary, middle, and high school students.
Riding For Reading supports
the Ayn Rand Institute’s annual essay contests, which award scholarships
to both high school and college students.