Whether you’ve ridden or worked with horses for years, or don’t know a halter from a bridle, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for you at Dream Riders! Last year, over 100 volunteers contributed over 3,000 hours of time-there truly is something for everyone to do!
Dream Riders has learned that the key to making the volunteer experience a great, safe one, involves training and pairing volunteers to jobs that play to their strengths and interests. Each spring before the program begins, Dream Riders provides a four-hour training at its facility in Philpot. The program is led by Dream Riders staff with support from community representatives who work regularly with individuals in the disability’s community. Volunteers learn their responsibilities, safety procedures, mounting and dismounting, barn rules, horse competencies, and the importance of team work. On-going education and additional volunteer training programs are provided on an as-needed basis for those unable to attend the annual training program.
Prior to beginning, volunteers are required to complete the Volunteer Information form, and agree to a background check. Background Checks are conducted through the Kentucky State Police. Dream Riders will cover the cost of the background check for volunteers who demonstrate a sustained commitment to the program. Due to insurance requirements, all volunteers providing direct horse care must be at least 14 years old. Depending on maturity level and previous horsemanship experience, volunteers under the age of 14 may be assigned to other support duties
There are countless organizations in our area in need of volunteers, and Dream Riders feels honored that so many people step forward to make our program successful. The smile on our riders faces and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a difference in someone’s life is an unbeatable feeling.