Volunteers

We Can’t Do It Without You!

Training dates to prepare for our summer season are now LIVE! See details below.

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 to 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 full name and phone number to complete your registration.
You will also need to complete the two forms noted above.

Summer 2019
Tuesday June 11: 6-8pm
Thursday June 13: 6-8pm
Saturday June 15: 12-2pm
Monday June 17: 6-8pm
Wednesday June 19: 6-8pm
Tuesday June 25: 6-8pm

Fall 2019
Training for our fall season will take place in early September. Watch this space for dates & times!

Remember, you only need to attend one 2-hour training 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

Spring Session 2019

The spring session of classes is underway and runs for 8-10 weeks!
If you are interested in volunteering this spring please send us an email.

All classes listed below have room for more volunteers.
Classes with the most urgent need are in red, followed by those in bold
Volunteers arrive 30min prior to the class times listed below to groom & tack.

Daytime
EIGHT 1 hour classes
Evenings
TEN 45 min classes
Mondays
Begin Mar 25
NO classes Apr 22, May 20
9:30am
1pm
Mondays
Begin Mar 18
YES classes Apr 22, May 20
7pm
8pm
Tuesdays
Begin Mar 26
11am
12pm
1:30pm
Tuesdays
Begin Mar 19
6pm
8pm
Wednesdays
Begin Mar 27
10am
11am
1pm
Wednesdays
Begin Mar 20
6pm
Thursdays
12:30 class begins Apr 4
1:30 class begins Apr 11
1:30pm Thursdays
Begin Mar 21
6pm
7pm
Fridays
Begin Mar 29
NO classes Apr 19
Plus NO 11am class Apr 12, May 31
9:30am
11am

12:30pm
Fridays
Begin Mar 22
YES class Apr 19
x

 

Saturdays
TEN 45 min classes
Saturdays
Begin Mar 23
YES classes Apr 20, May 18
12:30pm
1:45pm

 

Summer Session 2019

New Volunteers: Orientation takes place in mid-late June. See above for dates and email us to register!
Existing Volunteers: You will get an email from us in early June when we are ready to start class sign ups!

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. (Arrive for 8:30am – 1st campers ride at 9am)
#1: July 2-5 (4 day week)  *large volunteer need*
#2: July 8-12
#3: July 15-19
#4: July 22-26
#5: July 29 – Aug 2 *large volunteer need*
#6: Aug 6-9 (4 day week) *large volunteer need*
#7: Aug 12-16
#8: Aug 19-23

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

New Volunteers: Orientation training takes place in early-mid September. Stay tuned for dates.
Existing Volunteers: You will get an email from us in mid August when we are ready to start class sign ups!
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.

Winter Session 2020

New Volunteers: Orientation training takes place in early January. Stay tuned for dates.
Existing Volunteers: You will get an email from us in mid December when we are ready to start class sign ups!
The winter session begins mid January and runs for 6 weeks.
Winter classes run during the week on select days in 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