Volunteers

volunteers with rider

Read important opening status & Covid updates here.

We Can’t Do It Without You!

Interested in volunteering at Pride Stables? Read on for more info & upcoming training dates!

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.

A note on vaccinations

Due to the nature of our programming and the vulnerable populations we serve at Pride Stables, we strongly encourage you to be vaccinated to protect yourselves and our riders. Note: As more directives come out from our governments/health authorities our policy could change.


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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.

Volunteers need to be able think critically, problem solve, have the ability to work independently, and maintain an awareness of their surroundings at all times. Unexpected situations can arise at anytime involving horse and/or rider. Volunteers must possess good listening and verbal communication skills, and be able to follow directions.

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

Important!
During regular seasonal riding sessions, 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; 6 weeks in winter; 4 weeks for summer evenings).

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

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 not yet 18 years old, a parent/guardian must sign both 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 need to complete the two forms indicated above.
  • In this new COVID climate we will be limiting the number of trainees at each session, social distancing and requiring face masks.
  • We strongly encourage all eligible individuals to be vaccinated.

Fall Training Dates:

  • Thurs. Sept. 9th 12-2pm
  • Thurs. Sept. 9th: 6-8pm FULL
  • Mon.. Sept. 13th 12-2pm FULL
  • Mon. Sept. 13th 6-8pm FULL
  • Wed. Sept. 15th 12-2pm FULL
  • Wed. Sept. 15th 6-8pm FULL
  • Sat. Sept 18th 1-3pm FULL
  • Pending: Thurs. Sept. 23rd 12-2pm – If interested in this date, please email
  • Pending: Thurs. Sept. 23rd 6-8pm – If interested in this date, please email

Remember, you only need to attend one 2-hour training and PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
To register, please send an email with: preferred training date(s), first & last names, phone number and confirm you meet/exceed the minimum age threshold to volunteering [at] pridestables.com or call the office at 519-653-4686.

YOU WILL MEET IN THE BARN TO BEGIN YOUR TRAINING.


rider on horse led by volunteers

Classes

Read important opening status & Covid updates here.

Fall Session 2021

The fall session is set to begin the week of September 27th and run for 8 weeks. Fall classes will run during weekday daytime (T, W, Th), evenings (M, T, W, Th), and on Saturdays. We strongly encourage all eligible individuals to be vaccinated.
New Volunteers: Orientation training takes place in early-mid September. See above for dates.
Existing Volunteers: You will get an email from us in late August/early September when we are ready to start class sign-ups! Make sure we are on your “safe senders” list so you don’t miss it!

Winter Session

The winter session begins mid January and runs for 6 weeks.
Winter classes run on select weekdays & evenings, and on Saturdays.
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! Make sure we are on your “safe senders” list so you don’t miss it!

Spring Session

The spring session begins late March and runs for 8-10 weeks.
Spring classes run on Mondays through Fridays during the daytime and evenings, and on Saturdays.
New Volunteers:
Orientation training takes place in mid March. Stay tuned for dates.
Existing Volunteers: You will get an email from us in 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!

Summer Session

The summer season runs in July and August and there are typically two ways to volunteer in the summer. See below.
New Volunteers: Orientation training takes place in June. Stay tuned for dates.
Existing Volunteers: You will get an email from us in June when we are ready to start sign-ups! Make sure we are on your “safe senders” list so you don’t miss it!

Evening volunteering: If summer classes are running they typically take place on two evenings per week in two 4-week blocks (July, August).

Morning volunteering: Camp Pride
Each summer a large group of volunteers is needed ensure Camp Pride is a success! With 8 separate weeks of camp, volunteers commit in week-long blocks of time. Camp volunteering hours are 8:30am-12pm Mon-Fri. (Arrive for 8:30am – 1st campers ride at 9am)


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

Fortunately many 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 the Volunteer Coordinator
Office Phone 519-653-4686
Barn Phone 519-653-8736