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Volunteers are essential at Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center.



Our volunteers generously give their time and their heart to support our students and horses. Our volunteers groom, tack, lead horses and assist with property maintenance & barn chores around the farm. They encourage our riders and they ensure that our students have fun and safe experiences at EHTRC.


Volunteering at EHTRC gives you an opportunity to be outdoors, to provide joy and challenges to people with disabilities, to meet other volunteers and to work as a team. Our riders in turn provide smiles, camaraderie, enthusiasm, and pride in the progress of their skill.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our programs and critical to the success of our mission. Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center is able to provide its nationally accredited therapeutic programs because of the donations of time and talent of specially trained community volunteers.


There are a wide variety of volunteer jobs available at Emerald Hollow, the most important being the "sidewalker," "horse leader," and "barn crew" positions that support our participants in their lessons.


SIDEWALKER: Works with our participants in the arena. A Sidewalker's job is to empower the participant in all phases of the lesson. Sidewalkers interact with and guide the client and serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the instructor. Sidewalkers are responsible for the participant's safety, comfort, learning, and interaction with the horse.


HORSE LEADER: Works with the horse during the lesson. A Leader's job is to retrieve the horse from the paddock, bring the horse into the barn before the lesson, help with grooming and tacking, and handle the horse during all phases of the lesson. Leaders are primarily responsible for addressing the comfort and safety of the horse. They will always interact with and observe the horse to ensure the participant's safety.


BARN CREW: Help keep the barn clean, safe, and operating smoothly during program hours. Tasks include cleaning stalls, sweeping, dumping water buckets, and cleaning tack.


Thank you for wanting to join our team! Please click on the button below and complete the application in the new window that appears.  Emerald Hollow TRC will not share your information; all information is confidential.

After completing the application, please email Nicole at to sign up for one of our Horse Leader, Side Walker, or Barn Crew trainings.


If you'd like more information before applying, please fill-in this form and submit it.  We'll contact you to answer your questions.

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