Volunteers

We Can’t Do It Without You!

Interested in volunteering at Pride Stables?
Read on for more information!

Attendance & Absences

If you are sick or cannot make it to volunteer 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 [at] pridestables.com).
NOTE: emails are not monitored on evenings or weekends.

Weather

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.

Tracking Volunteer Hours

All volunteers are responsible for tracking their own volunteer hours if needed for a course, program, OSSD, or any other purpose, and getting them signed off by their instructor (in person) or the volunteer coordinator (via email) at the end of their session/time volunteering with us.

 

Prospective Volunteers

All Pride Stables volunteers must be at least 15 years of age. No exceptions can be made.

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 AND

Insurance Form – under 18 years of ageor 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.

Fall 2019 – Training for our fall season is now complete and classes are underway. However, we may still be in need of volunteers for this session which runs through to late November/early December. If you are interested in joining us this fall, see more details below and email us to inquire!

Winter 2020 – Training will take place in early January. Watch this space for dates!

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

Fall Session 2019

Orientation training took place in early-mid September and classes are underway.
If you are interested in joining us this fall, please email us to inquire!

Fall 2019 class schedule/volunteer needs
This table is kept as current as possible, but please contact us to confirm.
Classes with a high need for volunteers are in bold.

Saturdays – 45 min classes x 10 weeks
Saturdays
Begin Sept 28
930am full
10:45
12:30pm
1:45pm
Note: YES classes on Oct 12
Daytime – 1 hour classes x 8 weeks Evenings – 45 min classes x 10 weeks
Mondays
Begin Sept 30
930am full
11am
1pm
NO day classes Oct 14
Mondays
Begin Sept 23
6pm full
7pm full
8pm full
NO eve classes Oct 14
Tuesdays
Begin Oct 1
930am full
11am full
1:30pm full
Tuesdays
Begin Sept 24
6pm full
7pm full
Wednesdays
Begin Oct 2
9:30am
11am full
1pm full
Wednesdays
Begin Sept 25
6pm full
7pm Ltd Space
Thursdays
Begin Oct 3
1pm Thursdays
Begin Sept 26
6pm
7pm

8pm* full *Indt class
Fridays
Begin Oct 4
930am full
11am full
Fridays  – –

 

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 have established the winter schedule are ready to start class sign ups! Make sure we are on your “safe senders” list so you don’t miss it!
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.

Spring Session 2020

New Volunteers: Orientation training takes place in early-mid March. Stay tuned for dates.
Existing Volunteers: You will get an email from us in late Feb./early March when we are ready to start class sign ups! Make sure we are on your “safe senders” list so you don’t miss it!
The spring session begins in mid-late March and runs for 8-10 weeks.
Spring classes run on Mondays through Fridays during the daytime and evenings, and on Saturdays.

Summer Session 2020

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)

Evening volunteering: Summer Classes
In addition to our day camp, Camp Pride, we run an evening riding program in the summer which consists of two blocks of 4 weeks each (July; August).
Summer evening classes are 45min long and take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6, 7, & 8pm.
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 an essential 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 an integral position and  needed for many of our  riders. Click on the link for a detailed job description of the Side Walker.

Volunteers are always needed, especially DAYTIME and CAMP PRIDE 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