Volunteers – We Can’t Do It Without You!
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 (email@example.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.
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.
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. **
Upcoming Training Dates
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.
Fall 2018 – Orientation training sessions are now complete for the fall.
If you would like to volunteer this fall, please contact us for more details.
2019 – Watch this page for training dates in January and March in preparation for our winter and spring riding sessions.
Fall Session 2018
Orientation training takes place in early-mid September and fall classes begin shortly thereafter.
Fall classes run on Mondays through Fridays during the daytime and evenings, and on Saturdays.
Evening (Mon-Fri) and Saturday classes run for 10 weeks and start the week of Sept. 17, 2018.
Daytime (Mon-Fri) classes run for 8 weeks and start the week of Sept. 24, 2018.
Winter Session 2019
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!
Orientation training takes place in early January. Stay tuned for dates.
The winter session begins in mid January and runs for 6 weeks.
Winter classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays during 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.
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
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!
Office Phone 519-653-4686 (9:30 – 4:30, Monday through Friday)
Barn Phone 519-653-8736 (Evenings and Weekends)