Volunteers

volunteers with rider

Read important COVID-19 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.


volunteers hugging

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.

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 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.

Summer Training Dates

  • Wed. June 16th: 6-8pm
  • Thurs. June 17th: 6-8pm
  • Sat. June 19th: 10am-12pm full
  • Wed. June 23rd: 6-8pm full
  • Tues. June 29th: 6-8pm

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 COVID-19 updates here.

Summer Session 2021 – see below

New Volunteers: Orientation training takes place in June. See above for details.
Existing Volunteers: An email has gone out with the call for volunteers! If you’d like to join us this summer, please email us!

Evening volunteering: Summer Classes – Cancelled for 2021

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 and 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)

Volunteering weeks available:

  • volunteer week 1: July 5-9 full
  • volunteer week 2: July 12-16 full
  • volunteer week 3: July 19-23 *limited space*
  • volunteer week 4: July 26-30 *lots needed*
  • volunteer week 5: Aug 3-6 (4-day week) *limited space*
  • volunteer week 6: Aug 9-13 full
  • volunteer week 7: Aug 16-20 full
  • volunteer week 8: Aug 23-27 full

Fall Session

New Volunteers: Orientation training takes place in early-mid September. Stay tuned for dates.
Existing Volunteers: You will get an email from us in late August 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 fall session begins 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

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!
The winter session begins mid January and runs for 6 weeks.
Winter classes run on select weekdays & evenings, and on Saturdays.

Spring Session

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!
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.


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
Office Phone 519-653-4686
Barn Phone 519-653-8736