Ride for Joy simply could not exist without the help of wonderful volunteers!
Role of Volunteers at Ride for Joy
Most volunteers participate as side walkers and are responsible for spotting and/or providing safety holds for the rider during a lesson. They may assist the rider in following the instructor's directions and could help dismount a student in the event of an emergency.
Some volunteers may also participate in lessons as horse leaders. Horse leaders are responsible for leading and safely managing the horse during a lesson. Volunteers who participate as horse leaders must be at least 18 years of age and are only assigned to this role after completing additional evaluation and extensive training.
Other volunteer opportunities are also available, such as helping with the gate, games and music and greeters. Volunteers may also be needed for special events and fundraising.
Regular attendance by volunteers is critical to RFJ’s ability to provide this valuable service to participants in the program. Volunteers should commit to 1-2 hours on one day per week for at least one entire session (sessions range from 4 to 8 weeks).
The minimum age to volunteer at Ride for Joy is 14.
The minimum age to volunteer as a 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
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
- Complete a New Volunteer Application
- If you have previously volunteered, complete a Returning Volunteer Application
- Complete volunteer training Check out the events calendar for the next available training date
Questions? Contact Lauren Zimmerman at email@example.com