Volunteer Eligibility and Application Process


The minimum age to participate as a volunteer at Ride for Joy is 14.

The minimum age to participate as a volunteer horse leader is 18.

Volunteers who participate in the arena assisting with lessons must be:

    • physically able to walk and occasionally jog for extended periods in a sand arena
    • physically able to react quickly to help dismount a participant in the event of an emergency

Important volunteer duties outside of the arena may also be available, such as participating as a greeter, helping with the gate, music and games, and helping with special events and fundraising.

Application Process

To participate in lessons, all volunteers must complete an application and attend a training class annually. If you would like to participate as a volunteer, please review the Volunteer Handbook and complete a New Volunteer Application, if you have never volunteered before, or a Returning Volunteer Application, if you have volunteered previously.

You may also email volunteer@rideforjoy.org to be added to the email list that receives updates on future training dates.