The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact
with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.
Volunteers are an integral part of our riding program, stable management and special events and their help is GREATLY appreciated.
We strive to provide a safe and enriching environment for volunteers to gain knowledge of, and have the opportunity to work with horses and riders alike.
Experience with horses is not a necessary qualification for Meadows volunteers; however, all volunteers must be at least 13 years of age.
Volunteers receive in-depth orientation and training, and for volunteers who are shy around horses, there are a variety of other vital roles to be filled. Most volunteers find that the horses are so wonderful they eventually enjoy working with them and getting them ready in the barn.
What Does a Volunteer Do?
Meadows volunteers fill a variety of roles in either the School or Show Facility, including:
- Stable Management: cleaning and maintenance of wash stalls, helping staff with general barn maintenance
- Tack Management: cleaning and oiling of tack and riding equipment
- In-lesson support: Leading a horse, based on instruction where required
- Camp activities: side walking with a horse and rider to ensure the safety of the rider, assisting in the supervision of games times
- Helping with tack-up for lessons
- Helping in the barn and tack room
- Supporting special events –as an event volunteers
- Working with our horses (based on specific qualifications)