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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” 
  ― Winston Churchill


Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center would not be able to provide its services without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Our volunteer mentors are an integral part of the Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center programs. As a Therapeion volunteer you will receive training in safety, horse handling and grooming, and the skills needed to work with our very special participants. We appreciate any and all help, no matter how many hours or what type. 

Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and ages. Many have little personal experience with horses or people with disabilities. Some are teenagers who are earning service hours. Others are retired teachers, health care workers or business people looking to give back. And some are lifelong horse people who feel the calling to help people understand how the bond between a horse and a human can change a life.

While many of our volunteers have experience with horses or working with people with special needs, it is by no means a requirement. All of our volunteers, no matter their experience, attend an orientation to familiarize themselves with our safety and operational procedures.   After completing your training new volunteers are partnered with experienced volunteers for their first few classes to help them become more comfortable before working independently.

  • Side-walking with the rider during riding classes to provide emotional and physical support

  • Horse handling for riding classes

  • Helping with daily stable jobs

  • Organizing or volunteering to help with special or fundraising events

  • Serving on our Board of Directors 

  • Serving on one of our many committees 

  • Promoting our programs


We ask that all volunteers: 

  • Be at least 16 years of age

  • Have no criminal record 

  • Read the Volunteer Manual before attending Orientation

  • Complete the "New Volunteer Orientation" class prior to volunteering. 


Arena volunteers must:

  • Be able to work independently without close supervision

  • Be able to walk a minimum of 45 minutes

  • Be able to lift over their heads for side walkers

  • Be tolerate varying temperatures and the dusty barn environment


Please send an email to to enroll for a volunteer orientations. Include your name, your age, and the date of the orientation class you are planning on attending.
Class dates can be found on our Calendar.