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Lesson Volunteers

Lesson volunteers commit about 2 hours per week per Quarter. New volunteers must attend volunteer training. Volunteers help students groom, tack and care for horses and either lead horses or serve as “sidewalkers” to help balance students. We promise you that the rewards of being a volunteer far outweigh the work you do! To express our appreciation to volunteers, a few slots are open each Quarter for volunteers to take riding lessons. To help each volunteer succeed beyond volunteer training we have volunteers at different levels that are able to help out with volunteers when the instructor is busy. For more information fill out the form below.


Junior Volunteer
(green star)

Under the age of 14. May come to HOPE with a parent during session days. There are various duties to perform (tack cleaning, cleaning stalls, bathing horses, grooming horses, artwork, etc). Great training for future HOPE volunteers!

Volunteer (red star)

14 or older. May be a leader or sidewalker after HOPE volunteer training.

Volunteer Captain (blue star)

Has proven leadership skills, has volunteered at least 2 Quarters, has passed a tack test given by the Head Instructor, has been trained to properly bridle a horse.

Volunteer Coach (gold star)

Has been trained to lunge, may school HOPE horses after the demonstration of adequate riding skills.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering with HOPE but are unable to help with lessons we have other opportunites. We need help in the office, maintenance, artwork, events, fundraising, and the list goes on. For more information fill out the form below.


Hope Therapeutic Riding Center

Established in 1986, HOPE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is:

to empower children and adults facing special challenges – whether physical, cognitive or emotional – to discover their abilities, independent skills and explore their potential through use of our nationally accredited safe and effective equine-assisted activities and therapy.”

HOPE provides a positive, safe environment allowing students to enjoy their experiences while learning a sense of self-confidence that will help shape the rest of their lives. 

“Discover Your Abilities . . . Grab the Reins of Life!”

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If you wish to help empower children and adults facing special challenges, please click the donate button below. Support HOPE in providing a positive environment for students to gain a sense of self-confidence that will shape the rest of their lives - your donation is greatly appreciated.









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