Volunteering at JoyRide Center is a rewarding and fun experience! Share in the joys of therapeutic riding by helping people with special abilities in your community today.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of JoyRide Center. They assist riders, help take care of horses, maintain the barn, build beautiful gardens, photograph special events, raise funds for important programs, and serve on the Board of Directors. Without the collective effort and skills of these dedicated and hardworking volunteers, JoyRide Center would simply not exist. We are grateful to all who give JoyRide Center their time, energy, and talent.

Please view JoyRide Center’s Volunteer Manual and complete the Volunteer Registration & Release Forms and the Commitment Sheet. The forms may be emailed to, brought with you to Volunteer Training or mailed to the JoyRide mailing address.

What volunteer opportunities are available at JoyRide?

SIDEWALKERS: Volunteers who walk beside our clients as they ride to assist with balance and to reinforce the instructor’s directions. Sidewalkers are directly responsible for the client and are those who normally get the most hands-on duties in therapeutic riding. As such, they have the capability to either enhance or detract from the lesson. The sidewalker’s job is to help the instructor challenge the client to stretch, grow and develop to his or her fullest potential. No experience working with horses needed.

HORSE HANDLERS: Volunteers who are directly responsible for the horse. The horse handler must also be aware of the client, instructor, sidewalkers and any potential hazards in or around the arena. A good handler can provide real therapeutic input to the client, as well as make it safe for him or her to have fun riding. Prior horse experience is necessary. Volunteers will work with the horses from the ground, not be asked to ride.

OTHER: There are many other areas in which you can assist JoyRide that do not involve working in the arena with our clients, such as grooming and tacking horses or helping at special events and fundraisers.

Nothing you contribute is too small; every bit makes a difference.

What are the requirements to be a JoyRide volunteer?

Arena volunteers must be at least 14-years-old and physically able to walk for an entire lesson, jog for short distances and support a modest weight. Regular attendance is vital to our program. Attending a Training session is also required.

What kind of commitment is required?

Arena volunteers can volunteer for as little as 1 hour per week or as much as desired. JoyRide has 15-16 week fall and spring semesters and a 7 week summer semester. We ask that arena volunteers commit to at least 1 hour/week for the entire semester. This is important, because you will be part of a team, usually working with the same client each week. You will develop a rapport with your client(s) and can help them build on their accomplishments from week to week. If you cannot make this kind of commitment, you can be put on the substitute list, filling in for regular volunteers when they need to be absent.

How do I sign-up to become a JoyRide volunteer?

Currently, JoyRide offers classes Monday through Friday, mornings and afternoons, and Tuesday evenings. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Team Leader, or submit your request by completing the form below:




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