Volunteers

Volunteers – We Can’t Do It Without You!

Welcome Volunteers! 

Note for existing volunteers: Keep your eye out for our email in mid December when we are ready to start signing up volunteers for the winter session of classes which begin in mid January!


 

If you are sick or cannot make your class on short notice, PLEASE CALL (do NOT email) as soon as you can to let us know. Office (with voicemail) 519-653-4686 / Barn 519-653-8736

“Short notice” means the business day before your class or the day of class.
Sufficient volunteer numbers are crucial for the safety of riders and volunteers.
Having as much notice as possible to try to find a substitute for your spot helps to ensure everyone’s safety and success.

If you know you will be away well in advance, email is fine (volunteering@pridestables.com).
NOTE: emails are not monitored on evenings or weekends.

Yes, we still run classes in rain, snow, wind, fog, etc. Unless you hear otherwise from us (and/or on the office’s voicemail message) classes will be running indoors in inclement weather.

All Pride Stables volunteers must be at least 15 years of age.

No horse experience is required however volunteers must have an element of endurance to be able to run short distances at the end of a class alongside a horse or pony that is trotting.

Check out these links for more detailed information on our volunteer positions:
Leader Position  Side Walker Position Volunteer Manual PDF

Important!
Volunteers are asked to commit at least 90 minutes a week (one class with tack time) for the full duration of the session (8-10 weeks in spring & fall; 4 weeks in summer; 6 weeks in winter).

During summer camp, volunteers are required to commit to 3.5 hours each morning for one entire week (Mon-Fri) minimum.

 

Volunteer Training

Two forms are required for training and volunteering with us: info and liability.
Click the links below to download the forms.
**Important! If you are under the age of 18, a parent/guardian must sign your forms before training as instruction is hands-on with the horses. **

Volunteer Information Form

Insurance Form – under 18 years of age OR  Insurance Form – 18yrs or older

Upcoming Training Dates

We run orientation training before every new season of riding.
You only need to attend one training date and time, and PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
We will need your phone number to complete your registration.

Winter 2019
Monday January 7           12-2pm or 6-8pm
Wednesday January 9     12-2pm or 6-8pm
Saturday January 12        12-2pm

Remember, you only need to attend one 2-hour training session and PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
To register, please send an email including your name & phone number and confirming you meet/exceed the minimum age threshold to volunteering@pridestables.com or call the office at 519-653-4686.

YOU WILL MEET IN THE BARN TO BEGIN YOUR TRAINING.
SEE YOU THERE!

Classes:

Fall Session 2018

The fall session of riding finished in mid-late November. See you in the new year!

Note for existing volunteers: Keep your eye out for our email in mid December when we are ready to start signing up volunteers for the winter session of classes!

Winter Session 2019

Orientation training takes place in early January. See above for dates.
The winter session begins the week of January 13th and runs for 6 weeks.
Winter classes run during the week in the daytime and evenings, and on Saturdays.

Spring Session 2019

Orientation training takes place in late February/early March. Stay tuned for dates.
The spring session begins in mid March and runs for 8-10 weeks.
Spring classes run on Mondays through Fridays during the daytime and evenings, and on Saturdays.

Summer Session 2019

Orientation takes place in mid-late June. Stay tuned for dates.

Morning volunteering: Camp Pride
Each summer we are in need of many volunteers to ensure Camp Pride is a success.
There are 8 separate weeks of camp in the summer.
Volunteers are asked to commit to one full week at a minimum.
Volunteering hours are 8:30am-12pm Mon-Fri. (Please arrive for 8:30am – classes start at 9am)

Evening volunteering: Summer Classes
In addition to Camp Pride, we run our regular riding program in the summer which consists of 2 blocks of 4 weeks each. Summer evening classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Volunteers are asked to commit to their selected class(es) for a full session of 4 weeks.
Session 1: Four Weeks in July
Session 2: Four Weeks in August

Fall Session 2019

Orientation training takes place in early-mid September. Stay tuned for dates.
The fall session begins in mid-late September and runs for 8-10 weeks.
Fall classes run on Mondays through Fridays during the daytime and evenings, and on Saturdays.


If a different volunteer was used for every class in one session, Pride Stables would need nearly 600 different people!

Fortunately a substantial number of our volunteers spend many hours, and often more than one day a week helping our special riders maneuver around the arena.

There are a couple of different volunteer opportunities available at Pride. For ease of scheduling and interest, your instructor will help you determine which position will enhance your volunteer experience!

A Leader is the most common volunteer position as we need one leader for each horse and rider. Click on the link for a detailed job description of the Leader.

A Side Walker is also needed for many of our children with a physical special need. Click on the link for a detailed job description of the Side Walker.

Volunteers are always needed, especially DAYTIME volunteers. If you can help or know someone who can help, please reach out!


Email volunteering@pridestables.com
Office Phone 519-653-4686 (10:00-4:30, Monday through Friday)
Barn Phone 519-653-8736