What do volunteers do?
There are two main jobs for volunteers: assisting at the therapeutic riding program, and helping out with ranch projects. Volunteers who assist at the riding program groom horses and lead horses for the disabled riders. Volunteers who participate in ranch maintenance projects help with a multitude of maintenance and clean up duties.
What is the time commitment required to volunteer?
While we appreciate volunteers coming as often as they are able, there is a minimum number of 50 hours within the first six months required of volunteers to participate at Rising Star Riders. Volunteers may come for one, two, or three sessions on a Saturday. While we need help at all three sessions, the last session is currently our area of greatest need. The 50 hour/6 months commitment is equal to approx. 1.5 Saturdays each month, however, volunteers are not required to volunteer for an entire Saturday at a time. Again, volunteers can set and sign up for their own hours, so long as they add up to the minimum after the first six months.
Do volunteers need horse experience, or are they trained?
Whether you have previous experience with horses or not, you can be a successful volunteer. RSR has created a training program utilizing more experienced volunteers to train newer volunteers on all aspects of the horses and program.
Is there a minimum age to volunteer?
Volunteers at RSR must be at least 12 years old.
What are the days and times for volunteering?
Saturday volunteers hours are from 8:00am to 3:00pm. On Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays we need volunteers from 11:30pm to 4:30pm. Volunteers who wish to groom and tack up horses need to arrive at 8am on Saturdays and 11:30am on weekdays.
How do volunteers sign up?
Please contact RSR at firstname.lastname@example.org