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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Therapeutic riding provides education, socialization, recreation and therapy to more than 72 students in Frederick County Maryland each spring and fall at no charge. The Program is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We always welcome volunteers who serve as barn crew, side walkers or horse leaders for 1 to 12 hours per week. Volunteers also work behind the scene. Without our wonderful volunteers our Program could not exist.

Barn Crew (12 years or older) – Each class day begins an hour or more before students arrive at the farm. The Barn Crew brings in the horses from the fields, brush, and groom them. The Barn Crew makes sure that each horse is wearing the saddle or tack that is appropriate for each student.

Each student may require up to three volunteers – a Horse Leader and two Side Walkers, depending on the Student’s ability. During some classes with six highly disabled riders, up to 18 volunteers are needed in the ring.

Horse Leaders (14 years or older) – Horse leaders are responsible for the Student’s Horse, making sure the horse stays in control – stands quietly for mounting, dismounting, exercises, etc. The Horse Leader will make sure the horse is going in the correct direction and at the proper gait.

Side Walkers (14 years or older) – Students may require one or two Side Walkers. The Side Walkers help riders maintain and learn balance. They are the eyes of the therapist and instructor. They help the student follow directions during the lesson and learn new tasks – left and right, colors, shapes and asking the horse to stop, walk on or trot.

Administrative Volunteers work behind the scenes. These include writing articles, handling public relations activities, printing labels, registering students, organizing classes, paying the bills, writing grant applications, fund raising projects, maintaining the web site, recruiting volunteers,

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Everyone is eligible, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, handicap or national origin. If you have thought of volunteering or returning to volunteering, now is the time to do it. WE NEED YOU!

Call Carol Bell, Volunteer Coordinator at 301-898-3587 *2

Or email our Volunteer Coordinator at: fc4htrp@aol.com.


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