Volunteers are an essential part of our riding programs, fundraising and special events. Horse experience is not necessary to make a difference in the lives of our riders! One of our key volunteer positions is being a Sidewalker to assist the rider while on the horse during a lesson. This requires walking alongside a horse and occasional trotting.
Riding Therapy Volunteer Qualifications:
- Must be physically able to work a 3 1/2 hour session.
- Must be able to make cognitive decisions and capable of learning and understanding written material.
- Volunteers need to make a commitment to one riding session per week for a 6-month period.
- Volunteers need to be at least 16 years old and at least 5 feet tall.
- Hearing must be within normal limits or correctable with aids.
- Must be able to stand and/or walk briskly for 30 minutes.
- Complete the mandatory training sessions.
We encourage our volunteers to understand our riders disabilities and how they can best be helped in the therapy sessions. We want you to be a part of their life, not just a volunteer.
These kids depend on consistency with the same person to be able to get past their inhibitions sometimes and they will totally grow on you!
Program Volunteers needed during these hours:
Wednesday: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Independent Riders)
Thursday: 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Independent Riders)
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
We schedule volunteer workers for the riding therapy sessions based on the volunteer’s skills and interests as well as our program needs.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:
Tack Shack — Volunteers are greatly appreciated to help sort, clean, prepare donated items to sell and work the sales counter on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the program hours listed above.
Events & Fundraisers — Thank you in advance for considering volunteering to help secure sponsorships and donations for events & fundraisers as well as set up the day prior to, work during events & assist with cleanup following events & fundraisers.
Opportunity Items — We regularly accept donations of opportunity items for fundraisers.
Baskets of goodies, certificates for everything from dinners, massages/spa experiences, tools or fishing experiences, overnight & multi-night getaways, limo rides, wine or other beverages for baskets, date night experiences and much more. The possibilities are endless.
Office Support — updating mailing lists, helping with printing/copying for events and community outreach opportunities.