• All volunteers must be 14 years of age or older
  • All volunteers must attend an Open House to learn more about our volunteer opportunities and receive the Volunteer Application packet
  • Lesson volunteers are required to sign up for a minimum of one lesson per week
  • Barn and facility volunteers are encouraged to maintain a consistent shift schedule to ensure adequate coverage. Morning, afternoon and early evening shifts are available Monday through Sunday.
  • Volunteers must be able to adhere to safety standards, follow directions of program staff, and provide services needed as per volunteer function

Program Volunteer Qualifications 

Volunteer

For more information about our volunteer program or to register for an Open House or training date, contact Candyce Boykin, Volunteer Coordinator, at (757) 721-7350 or via email at volunteer@equikids.org.

The inspirational dedication and devotion of our EQUI-KIDS volunteers enable us to deliver our mission every day and we are grateful for each and every one of our volunteers who selflessly offer their service to support our therapeutic riding program. With more than 300 volunteers delivering 14,000 hours of service, our program offers numerous ways that you can help.

Join our Team


Sidewalker 

Sidewalkers help groom and tack the horses before the lesson and are needed to walk beside the horse in lessons to provide physical and emotional support to the rider. Sidewalkers partner with their rider and the Instructor to ensure the riders' safety during the lesson.


Horse Leaders

Horse Leaders help tack and groom the horses before the lesson. Horse Leaders warm-up the horse before the lesson and lead the horse during the lesson. Horse Leaders partner with the horse, rider and the Instructor to ensure the rider's safety during the lesson.


Barn Volunteers

Barn volunteers help with the program by assisting with cleaning stalls, cleaning the tack and equipment, helping with repairs around the farm.


Office and Special Event Volunteers

Administrative and Special Event volunteers are needed to serve on special events committee to help with fundraising events and assist with administrative projects in the office. Volunteers are also needed to help with greeting our riders and guests at the receptionist desk.