Volunteer with Us

Our programs are fully supported supported by our community volunteers. The commitment and generosity of our neighbours have enabled our programs to not only grow exponentially but to thrive. Join our incredible team of dedicated and willing volunteers who are making a difference that extends far beyond our reach. 

New to Volunteering?

We are so glad you are considering volunteering with us. We are committed to training and equipping our volunteers thereby ensuring they feel comfortable and confident in their respective roles. Our programs could not run without the support from people like you!

All of our volunteers are provided with our Training Manual and Policies and Procedures.

Requirements to Volunteer:

  • Must be a minimum of 16 years of age
  • Complete Volunteer Application Form
  • Attend a scheduled Volunteer Training
  • Read through the Training Manual & Policies & Procedures
  • Complete a Criminal Records Check (if 18 years of age and older)
    ** Valid for 3 years **
  • Complete Child Abuse Register Form (if 18 years of age or older)
    ** Valid for 3 years **

If you have any questions about the process of volunteering or getting involved, please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director.

Returning Volunteers

If you have volunteered with us before in a previous session and in a DIFFERENT calendar year, simply follow these simple steps to get involved again:

  • Contact our Executive Director expressing interest in returning
  • Complete an Update Volunteer Form
  • Contact us to see if your Child Abuse Register on file is still valid
  • Contact us to see if your Criminal Records Check on file is still valid

If you have volunteered with us in the same calendar year, like the Spring Session, and are wanting to volunteer again for either our Summer Camp or Fall Session, simply contact our Executive Director indicating your availability and desire to join the program. All paperwork is valid for the calendar year (i.e. for the entire year of 2019). 

Frequently Asked Questions

Your volunteer paperwork is valid for the calendar year. Each calendar year you will need to complete a “Volunteer Update Form”. This form will require you to update any information that has changed medically, or contact information. Furthermore, you will need to sign a new Waiver and Disclaimer each year. If you’re unsure of the paperwork required, please contact us and we will check your file!

Please note: Child Abuse Register and Criminal Record Checks will need to be re-issued every 3 years.

 If you have attended a volunteer training when you first joined our organization, reach out to our Executive Director to see if you will need to attend an Update Training Workshop.

Some exceptions may be granted and considered on an individual basis. Please submit a volunteer application and our office will contact you directly regarding opportunities and ways to become involved. 

No horse experience is required to volunteer. All volunteers must attend a volunteer training which will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills when working with horses and our program. You can always request additional training and one-on-one educational time from our staff if you would like more time to feel comfortable working around horses. Safety and education are very important to us.

We try our best to accommodate volunteers who work shift work. Ideally we try to find another volunteer who would only like to volunteer every other week in order to ensure the time slot is covered for our rider every week.

Please dress for the weather! Our indoor riding ring is not heated. Our lessons in early April and into November can be quite cold. Feel free to wear gloves, hats and scarves, or snow pants during these chilly times of the year. We want you to be comfortable and warm.

All our volunteers for riding lessons must wear closed toe shoes or boots. These can be hikers, running shoes, work boots or paddock boots. Please do not wear sandals!!  We strongly recommend wearing pants and clothing that is not loose or “flappy”. If clothes ‘flap’ or are too loose, they can spook the horses or they can get caught in some of the equipment used. Please try to refrain from wearing jewelry, especially dangly jewelry that clients can grab or reach. 

Yes! We understand that not everyone enjoys working directly with the horses in the riding ring and barn. We have various volunteer opportunities in our office with administration roles, or with upcoming special events and fundraisers. Contact our Executive Director for more information on how to join our team.

Absolutely! Some volunteers like to come for 2 or 3 lessons back to back on one day of the week. Volunteer slots are determined both in where there is need in the riding schedule and in each volunteer’s respective availability. 

A school group attends during school day hours (normally in the morning). Generally the school group is divided in half. While half of the students complete activities in the barn, the other group participates in a riding lesson. Generally we need only horse leaders for our school groups and require volunteers to commit to the 2 hour block each week to specifically lead in the ring. 

We understand if something comes up last minute, or if you’re sick. If at all possible we ask for 24 hours notice of a cancelled volunteer slot. This will allow us time to contact our substitute list to find someone to cover your time. 

If  notice is less than 24 hours, we ask that you text (902) 670-8402 as soon as you know you are unavailable. 

There may be an opportunity to volunteer in both positions. Let our Executive Director that you are interested in volunteering in both capacities. This will be determined based on need, and horses being used in the lessons. 

Hear From Our Volunteers

5 star review

Love making a difference in people’s lives!

5 star review

Seeing the smiles every week makes it all worth it

4.5 star review

The staff are so friendly and welcoming. I always look forward to coming to the barn and being around the horses. I see the direct impact this program has on all the people who participate, and its what brings me back week after week

4 star review

I was pretty sure the program was making an impact for other people. But I had no idea the impact it was going to have on me. Highly recommend this experience. Everyone benefits.

Our Volunteers Who...

... live in the Annapolis Valley
Local support 95%
... volunteered for 3 or more years in a row
Retention rate 65%
... are under the age 18
Youth volunteerism 36%
... volunteer 2+ hours a week