Please consider volunteering -  You won't regret it!


The Participation of Volunteers

In addition to providing a beneficial riding program which offers therapy, rehabilitation, cognitive, psychological and physical development to the disabled, the Riding Program offersa valuable service to the community in recruiting and training a large number of volunteers. Nowhere is the community support for the Therapeutic Riding Program more evident than in its volunteers. We are very fortunate to have a terrific team of over 100 volunteers. This dedicated group assist with leading and side walking during the lessons, helping with fundraising events and administration.


The volunteers range in age from 16 to over 70 years of age including high school students who are doing volunteer work as part of their curriculum. The growing population of seniors and retired people who volunteer enjoy getting out for some great exercise and experience the benefits and great strides that the riders make during their lessons.


No previous experience with horses is necessary - just an interest in being outdoors, getting some exercise and wishing to help and enjoy working with these special riders.  Volunteer training sessions are given and an online training tutorial the Volunteers Guide to Therapeutic Riding is a short course that provides volunteers with basic instruction.

New volunteers require a "Vulnerable Sector Check" from the Ontario Provincial Police and must provide two personal references.



Theris also an extensive training program for volunteers who are interested in becoming Certified Assistant Instructors through the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA). This certification is in two parts where the candidates must fulfil their Rider Level 2 through the Canadian Equestrian Federation as well as the Assistant Instructor Technical Evaluation and Exam through CanTRA.



If you would like to participate in the program, can help in any way or would like further information please call: The Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program, 613-257-7121, or 1-800-667-2617, extension #3236.


Volunteer Application Package

Volunteers Guide to Therapeutic Riding