Become a Volunteer!

The VTRA relies largely upon volunteer support to make this program work. Through people‘s dedication and generosity, more than 140 children and adults with disabilities are able to ride every week. There are many opportunities that will enrich your life both personally and professionally. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our program. We get tremendous satisfaction from the work that we do and we have a little fun at it too!

Interested in volunteering with us? Simply click here and fill our volunteer application form.

What Can Volunteers Do?

  • Side Walker: Assisting riders with balancing and interpreting instructor directions.
  • Horse Handler: Leading horses during lessons. Previous horse experience and assessment required.
  • Club House Host: Greeting riders and volunteers, directing inquiries, general duties as required.
  • Fundraising: Assisting the board before and during events
  • Tack Store Staff: Opening the tack store, selling tack. Knowledge of tack an asset
  • Assistant Instructor: Previous experience in program and with horses an asset.
  • Assisting with building projects

Who Volunteers?

  • High school students volunteering in order to get their CAPP hours
  • University and College students wanting to fulfill their need for community hours
  • People who have a few hours a week to spare and want to contribute their time

If you are 16 years of age or older, have a clean criminal record check and are able to travel out to our barn in Central Saanich for a few hours a week, please fill-out our application form and/ or e-mail our Coordinator of Volunteers.

Have a look at the documents at the bottom of this page for more information.

Session Dates

Semester 1 – Sept 18 to Oct 27
Semester 2 – Nov 6 to Dec 15
Semester 3 – Jan 8 to March 16
Semester 4 – April 3 to June 8Horse Show – June 9 2018

Upcoming Training/Workshops


Tuesday 24th October  

5.30pm – 8.30pm: Horse Handling ** (3 Spots Available)


Monday 30th October

3.30pm – 6.30pm: Horse Handling ** (9 Spots Available)


Tuesday 31st October

9am – 12pm: ADVANCED Horse Handling ** (9 Spots Available)


Tuesday 31st October

3.30pm – 5.30pm: Side Walker


Wednesday 1st November 

9am – 12pm: Horse Handling ** (9 Spots Available)


Wednesday 1st November 

3.30pm – 6.30pm: Ring Spotter **


Thursday 2nd November 

10am – 12pm: Side Walker


Thursday 2nd November 

3.30pm – 5.30pm: Grooming **


** These classes are an evaluation to ensure that volunteers have enough previous experience with horses to safely handle in our classes.


Please note that to you only need to attend one of the horse handler or side walker training sessions to train for those roles. Email to sign up!

Documents for Volunteers (click on image)


Horse show patterns for 2017 annual show

Walk Only
Walk Trot (intermediate)
Walk Trot (advanced)


Volunteer Handbook

VTRA Volunteer Handbook

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