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“Overcoming the hurdles of life through the love of horses”

A California Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation





Volunteer Application

If you would like to be a volunteer with our program,  please  contact  Lisa Grijalva

at (916) 880-0461.

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Volunteers are the backbone and beating heart of any Adaptive Riding Program.  A well trained volunteer is safe, effective, and enhances the quality of the lessons offered to the students. Our program relies heavily on our volunteers to serve as the foundation for our classes. Without the many volunteers that we utilize each day, many of our students would not be able to ride. In a class of two students, we may need as many as six volunteers.

As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to learn more about horses, therapeutic riding and the impact it can have on one’s life in addition to getting involved with your community.

In order to maintain the strict safety standards that we pride ourselves on, we need the assistance of those willing to dedicate an hour or two of their day to helping our participants have a safe and fun experience. Volunteers are trained in all aspects of safety for themselves and

our students both on the ground and when mounted. Our volunteer training consists of a minimum of 4 hours, and continuing education is provided throughout the year.  We require our program and volunteers to meet and maintain specific standards that are set forth by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH INTL.), formerly NARHA, as well as the American Association for Horsemanship Safety.


In order to volunteer, you must meet the minimum requirements for each volunteer opportunity available:

Side Walkers

Side walkers walk along side the horse during a lesson to help the rider maintain balance, focus and to assure the safety of the lesson. Side walkers also help with grooming and tacking with or without students. Prerequisites

are as follows:


Leaders work directly with the horses in a lesson maintaining the safety of the lesson and monitoring the behavior of the horse.  The following prerequisites do apply:

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Lisa Grijalva  (916) 880-0461