Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age to work with our participants. Read below for details on each of the areas you can volunteer in then follow the 3 Steps in The Application process to apply!
Dress Code for Volunteers:
... For Riding Lessons
Volunteers are the heart of our program. We offer one (1) hour riding lessons during each eight week session for individuals with special needs. Each rider and horse requires three assistants (one in front and one on each side). Volunteer training sessions are offered prior to each riding session. Every new volunteer is required to attend a training session. When you attend training you will learn the layout of the ranch, how to groom and tack our horses, how to lead for our riders and how to facilitate classes and games. This is a great way to get an understanding of therapeutic riding, what your roles and responsibilities are and to meet other new volunteers. Your commitment as a volunteer for riding lessons would be two to four hours per week for eight weeks. Sessions are offered fall, winter and spring and lessons are typically offered Mondays, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, as well as Wednesday morning.
... For Summer Camp
Over the school break we host several different age based camps with horseback riding and outdoor adventures to special needs children. Each camp is hosted during the day for one week during June, July and August. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate a wide variety of activities as well as help us care for the special needs campers.
... For Field Trips
During the school year we are open to the public school system to bring special needs and at-risk students for horseback riding and outdoor adventures. Volunteers are needed to help with these activities. Groups usually come on Friday mornings between September and May
... Helping With Fundraising
Throughout the year we host a variety of events and programs to help with funding our operations. Volunteers are needed to help plan and execute these events.
... For Work Days
Every few months we host a ranch work day when volunteers are invited to come help us prepare our facilities for upcoming events. Volunteers are needed to help with a wide variety of maintenance chores, from using simple hand tools for painting and weeding to using complex power tools for construction and tree removal.
...Boy Scout Projects
We love Boy Scouts. Many projects have been conducted here and we are so thankful. Please call us if you are interested in checking out how you can help us.
Click HERE to check out a recent Eagle Scout Project!
The Application Process
Fill out a VOLUNTEER APPLICATION and either mail it or bring it to the Ranch.
(Please do not use this application for Summer Camp. Go to the Summer Camp tab and click on the Volunteer Application link provided in the volunteer info box)
Once you know that you would like to volunteer please let us know which days would work best for you. We do appreciate it if you could volunteer for at lease 2-3 classes at a time.
(Independent Special Needs Youth & Adults)
Tuesdays 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
(Special Needs Youth)
Wednesdays 10am, 11am, 12noon
(Special Needs Adults)
Thursdays 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
(Special Needs Youth)
(6pm classes do not run in the
Winter Riding Session)
Attend a Mandatory Volunteer Training Session
(REQUIRED FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS).
Bring your application if you have not yet mailed it to the Ranch.