by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Soul of Photography

Saving Horses

student_lacob2A lifetime Olivenhain resident, Arielle Lacob just graduated from La Costa Canyon High School. She loves her area in Encinitas for two reasons: the diversity of landscapes and because it’s close to San Diego, yet also a short drive to L.A. or the snow. In school, Arielle loved English because she loves to write. She wrote for the school newspaper and even received a $500 grant for her essay to Thoroughbred Charities of America. She was also on the JV Dance team and part of the Equestrian Club and Club PAW, with plans to go to a community college for a year and then transfer to the University of Southern California.

Arielle’s grandmother inspired her to begin volunteering at a young age. She’s been spending her life assisting at hospitals and museums, and even though she’s in her 80s, is still volunteering at the Huntington Library in Pasadena. “I think she really reinforced the idea of giving back to the community and the importance of caring about people and animals,” Arielle said. Her own interest lies more toward working with animals and rescues. When she saw that Saving Horses, Inc., was looking for volunteers, she jumped at the chance to work hands-on with a nonprofit and see it run up close. “I knew the minute I visited that I was really going to love volunteering there because of the incredible people and the horses at the ranch.”

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Name: Arielle Lacob (18)
School: La Costa Canyon High School
Grade: 12
Parents: Jean and David Lacob
Sibling: Drew (15)
Favorite Local Spots: Moonlight Beach, Coast Highway


student_lacob5As of July, Arielle’s been working with Saving Horses, Inc. for one year. She helps with feeding, mucking stalls, and exercising the horses, and also helps educate the younger kids about horse care and riding. She loves the other volunteers, whom she feels are awesome and passionate about the cause, and enjoys learning all the quirks and personalities of the horses. “They’re each unique in their own way and I find it funny when new volunteers come to the ranch and ask how we tell them apart,” she smiled, “because once you get to know the horses you can really see the differences and what makes each of them special.”

All this volunteerism has added up to over 500 hours of community service, which Arielle writes about (among other topics) on her blog, www.inapursuitofhappiness.com. “My dream job,” Arielle explained, “would be to work for a nonprofit focused on animal welfare. I also really want to travel abroad in the future and hopefully someday get married and have kids.”