Where Horses Give Us Wings
Throughout the course of each week we benefit from the kindness and giving spirit of volunteers at SFTR. Individuals of all ages — from retired citizens to today’s youth come together to share their skills and devotion to better the lives of the challenged members of their community. Some work on projects from their homes, some prefer tackling those larger special renovation projects at the center, and still others enjoy assisting our special needs riders during their therapy sessions and working with the horses. There are many different reasons these individuals choose to come to Sherlock Farms, but there is always a common factor that is found- The DESIRE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in another’s life.
We rely on our volunteers to assist our participants during the therapeutic riding sessions in a team approach. It is the guidance, safety and encouragement a volunteer provides that enhances the Therapeutic Riding lesson. With their help, disabilities are challenged and new abilities are created.
We ask for a minimum time commitment of about 2 hours. We can happily accommodate more hours, and/or more opportunities if you wish. You can choose a day and time that best fits your schedule. To volunteer you will need to attend Orientation and Training. You will learn SFTR policies and procedures (based on PATH international policies) and hands-on training in leading, sidewalking, mounting, dismounting, grooming and tacking.
If you would like to take the next step toward becoming a volunteer, please contact us by email,text or phone. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to work in the riding arena. Volunteers who are at least 10 may help in the barn accompanied by a parent until they are able to demonstrate the willingness and ability to follow directions effectively.
Volunteer opportunities not involving therapeutic riding class & care of the horses directly do not require attendance at a volunteer orientation, only registration and task specific training/information.
See Calendar for Volunteer Orientation and Training Dates
Volunteer Registration Forms available on-line by clicking the buttons at the top of this page.
Volunteer Opportunities: Horse Leader, Sidewalker, Tacking, Grooming and Barn Maintenance, Haycrew (Horse care and feeding), Special Events (Fundraisers,Holiday Horse Show, Horses & Hands program…), Facility maintenance (repairs, weeding, flowers, painting, cleaning pastures, etc.), Administration (data entry, bulk mailing, filing, etc.)
Community Outreach: service projects are also available throughout the year for interested groups such as Boy/Girls Scouts, 4-H, Youth Leadership, Business groups, Church groups, & Schools. Orientation and Training is not necessary but volunteer registration is required.