Volunteer Opportunities

At Equest we benefit from the kindness and giving spirit of many volunteers, from retired citizens to today’s youth. There are many different reasons these individuals choose to come to Equest, but there is one common factor – The DESIRE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in another’s life.

Becoming a Volunteer

Some volunteers choose to work on Equest Projects from their home, others prefer tackling larger special renovation projects at the center, and still others enjoy assisting our special needs riders during their therapy sessions and working with the horses.

We ask for a minimum time commitment of about 2 hours. We can happily accommodate more hours, and/or more opportunities if you wish. You can choose a day and time that best fits your schedule.

If you would like to take the next step toward becoming an Equest volunteer, please contact Toni Cummings, Volunteer Coordinator, at ToniCummings@equestcenter.org.


Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to work in the riding arena. Volunteers who are at least 12 may help in the barn accompanied by a parent until they are able to demonstrate the willingness and ability to follow directions effectively.

  • Demonstrates the willingness and ability to follow all barn safety rules.
  • Demonstrates the ability to complete given tasks independently
  • Treats all riders, volunteers, staff and animals with dignity and respect.

To volunteer in a Therapeutic Riding lesson you will need to attend an Orientation and Training. You will learn Equest Center policies and procedures and hands-on training in leading, sidewalking, mounting, dismounting, grooming and tacking.

We would be delighted to have you return after each break since experienced Therapeutic Riding lesson volunteers provide stability and a sense of community, familiarity with riders’ goals and needs, and proficiency with horses and tack.

Volunteer opportunities not involving therapeutic riding class & care of the horses directly do not require attendance at a volunteer orientation, only registration and task specific training/information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Horse Leader, Sidewalker, Tacking, Grooming and Barn Maintenance, Haycrew (Horse care and feeding), Special Events, Facility maintenance, Administration.

Community Outreach

service projects are also available throughout the year for interested groups such as Boy/Girls Scouts, 4-H, Youth Leadership, Business groups, Church groups, & Schools. Orientation and Training is not necessary but volunteer registration is required. To learn about current projects – contact Equest Center’s Volunteer Coordinator.

Horse leader/handler

primary responsibility is to the horse, i.e., prepare the horse for class, maintain safety spacing, and help the horse follow the directions of the rider during class.


physically assist the rider (during riding, mounting and dismounting), help the rider guide their horse during the lesson, and assist the rider in following the directions of the instructor as necessary. The amount of assistance is dependent on each rider’s abilities. Sidewalkers must be at least 14 years old.

The Tacking, Grooming and Barn Maintenance

assistants are the “behind the scenes” volunteers stationed in the barn preparing horses for lessons, leading horses from and to the pastures, feeding, grooming and tacking, keeping the barn area clean. (volunteers must meet age requirements for individual jobs in this area) A Lead Volunteer will assist with tack changes and horse turn out.