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Volunteer Opportunities

No matter what your skills or special talents are it is likely that we have a place and a need for them at CTRC! Contact our to discuss opportunities.

Not yet a volunteer but want to be? Attend one of our upcoming trainings. A completed background screening is a requirement for any one 18 years of age or older that wishes to participate in any of CTRC's volunteering opportunities with the exception of Group Volunteers and Court Mandated Volunteering.


Year-round volunteer opportunities at CTRC include:

Lesson Volunteers
These are the volunteers who work directly with the riders and horses in our programs as either Horse Leaders, Side Walkers or both.

       Horse Leaders and Side Walkers Guidelines:

The minimum age for volunteers is 14 or 15 with horse experience (and contingent upon interview) or 16 without horse experience
HORSE LEADERS are responsible for the horse. Horse leaders lead the horse during the mount, class time, and dismount.
SIDER WALKERS are responsible for the stability and safety of the rider while mounted at all times (Generally, side walkers walk beside the rider to provide stability assistance as needed and may assist with mount and dismount if needed. Sometimes side walkers give physical assistance while other times, the side walkers help the riders stay focused during class; it all depends on the needs of the rider.)
Both Horse Leaders and Side Walkers groom and tack the horses before class and untack, groom, and assist in arena cleanup after class.
Time commitment is 2 hours per week for the length of the session for regular weekly volunteering OR volunteers can sub in classes as needed. We require that lesson volunteers commit to a regular weekly class so that they are working with the same rider, horse, and volunteer team each week. Consistency is hugely valuable to our riders and also helps volunteers best assist their riders since volunteers get to know their riders well over the course of the session. If you cannot commit to a regular weekly class, you can be on the sub list and sub in classes as needed.
ALWAYS wear your name badge. This is helpful to instructors, other volunteers and riders.
Class volunteers volunteer at the same time each week. For example, if you were volunteering in the Monday 4-5pm therapeutic riding lesson, you would arrive at 3:30 to prepare your horse, participate in the lesson from 4-5, and then spend time wrapping up the lesson from 5-5:30, so this is a 2 hour a week commitment to do 1 class/week. It is possible to sign-up for multiple classes, as well. We have classes Monday through Saturday.
When you're in the arena, the instructor is in charge.
If you have suggestions or ideas, talk with the class Instructor or Volunteer Coordinator.
Keeping talking to a minimum allows you and your rider to listen and follow the instructor's directions.
When in doubt, ask!

*Consistency is extremely important in keeping our programs running smoothly. Every volunteer is encouraged to have a regular schedule for the length of the session in the day(s) and hour(s) they volunteer. As dependability is essential be sure to contact the Volunteer Coordinator as soon as you are aware of any circumstances that will delay/keep you from your scheduled lesson time(s).

Barn Team

For those volunteers who want to really get "up close and personal" with the horses and/or increase their horse handling skills, this is the perfect job. These volunteers provide special horse and stall care for their assigned horse each week. To become a Barn Buddy, a volunteer must already be volunteering as a lesson volunteer.

Training Team
This group of experienced CTRC volunteers assist in the training of new volunteers in the New Volunteer Trainings, during the beginning of the session, and as the need arises. To become a member of the Training Team, a volunteer must already be volunteering as a lesson volunteer and have the knowledge in tacking, grooming, and working with riders to teach these skills to new volunteers.

Schooling Team
This is a volunteer opportunity for advanced level equestrians only. These volunteers contribute to the horses' overall well-being and job performance through riding, lunging, and/or doing natural horsemanship groundwork with our horses. Applicants to the Schooling Team must have volunteered in at least one 10-14 week session before applying. After completing a session, those interested volunteers must complete a Schooling Team Application and a riding evaluation with the Barn Manager prior to being accepted.

It takes a large herd to serve all of our participants and we need help cleaning up after them! Muckers come on either Fridays or Saturdays for 1-2 hours each week and help us by cleaning out stalls. CTRC takes great pride in taking great care of our horses. Though it's not glamorous, it is a great way to spend some quiet time at the barn and enjoy the outdoors while getting some light physical activity.

Group Projects
With helping hands we can get a lot accomplished! Group volunteers usually help with facilities projects such as painting fences, weeding, or construction. Because group projects are usually outside they are weather and season dependent. Adult and junior groups are welcome to inquire. Our minimum age for all volunteers is 14.

Internships or School Credits
Looking to Intern for credit or complete school required volunteer hours? CTRC has great internship opportunities. We are often able to arrange for school or college credit. Find out more..

Facility Maintenance
From painting to irrigating to building fences to cleaning and everything in between - we have many seasonal volunteer opportunities for "handy" individuals or groups that want to work together on a project. These volunteers are essential to CTRC!

Office Volunteers
These very important volunteers help with an array of tasks including bulk mailings, photo copying, filing, word processing, computer/systems support and answering the phones. It is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for people who may not be keen about being around horses, or may need to limit their physical activity but still want to lend a hand.

Fundraising and Special Event Volunteers
CTRC always needs volunteers who are willing to help plan and implement fundraising and other special events. These are fun and rewarding opportunities to be creative and really bring a project to fruition. Such events make an impact in drawing the community’s attention and support to the Center.

Court-Mandated Community Service Hours
CTRC works with individuals for court appointed Community Service Restitution.

Please be aware of the following guidelines for completing hours at CTRC:

18 years or older - If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must accompany you
Assist with facility maintenance (painting, cleaning, etc...) and office work
Hours for community service need to be arranged - NO evening hours
The required documentation from the court must be brought to be signed and copied

Special Skills
If you possess professional/technical skills that may benefit CTRC, such as photography, graphic design, computer knowledge, etc., we encourage you to contact us. CTRC is a great place to volunteer.

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