Volunteers

Sebastian Volunteers are the Best!

Volunteers are the backbone of Sebastian's program. Therapeutic riding is extremely labor intensive and SRA depends largely on community and family volunteers to conduct safe and enjoyable lessons. Like our students, our helpers come in all shapes and sizes, with diverse backgrounds and experience.

Under the supervision of SRA instructors, volunteers assist in lessons, care for program horses, and help with special events. Our volunteers help students groom and tack, lead a horse through a lesson, or walk alongside a horse and rider.

Though many volunteers have previous experience with horses or working with people with disabilities, no experience is required. What we value most in our volunteers is dependability, the desire to learn and pitch in as part of a team. 

Sebastian volunteers must be a mature 13 years old and able to work with minimal supervision. We ask that our volunteers select a day and time each week or every other week when they can come regularly and give us a couple of hours. Our regular volunteers get to know our students, our horses and staff, and become valuable members of our team.

We conduct Volunteer Orientation & Training sessions every 6-8 weeks and require that interested volunteers attend. Person-power permitting, staff and seasoned volunteers will provide on-the-job training during the sessions.


 

What Have I Gotten Myself Into 

By Bonnie Stevens

"It’s a funny thing. When I started volunteering at Sebastian Riding Associates, I thought of it as the opportunity to “give something back” to the community. Reflecting on this thought more than a decade later, I am struck by the realization that my life has been so deeply enriched during my time at Sebastian that I have no hope of ever giving as much as I have received.

I have shoveled manure with some of the finest people I have ever known. Staff personnel have always made the time to patiently explain everything from horse behavior to stable management. I’ve met parents and children who struggle daily against great odds and who face unclear futures head on—and I’ve seen the miracle that occurs when these children proudly ride out into the arena. The parade of horses that has patiently and faithfully carried Sebastian riders over the years has left its hoofprint on my heart.

When I leave at the end of the day, I am tired in body and rejuvenated in spirit by the honor of another day spent volunteering at Sebastian Riding Associates."

Lend a Helping Hand

We LOVE our volunteers. If you're interested in joining the Sebastian team, give us a call at (610) 489-3741 and come visit us!