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 year. 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.
If you are contemplating volunteering with us, this video will give you a nice overview. Thank you to Terry for making this great video!

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

Session Dates

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

Upcoming Training/Workshops

Our next training week is in the last week of March, the week before Term 4 starts. Here are the dates, times and classes available.  Spaces are limited so confirm your spot now by clicking on the appropriate class to sign up:


Monday, March 26th 2018

10am – 12pm: Side Walker Training

2pm – 5pm: Horse Handler Training **


Tuesday, March 27th 2018

9am – 12pm: Horse Handler Training **

1pm – 3pm: GUEST SPEAKER: How to improve our communication and use Visual Supports to help our Riders w/- Sherry Niles

3pm – 5pm: Ring Spotter (introduction to Assistant Instructor)  *Note – must have completed Side Walker and/or Horse Handler Training


Wednesday, March 28th 2018

9am – 12pm: Groom Training

1pm – 2pm: GUEST SPEAKER, KIM ANDERSON: Supporting Riders with Physical Challenges by Understanding their Conditions to Maximize their Potential

2pm – 5pm: ADVANCED Side Walker Training (dealing with more complex riders, experiencing a lesson from perspective of a rider etc, WAIVER REQUIRED)


Thursday, March 29th 2018

9am – 12pm: ADVANCED Groom Training 

2pm – 5pm: ADVANCED Horse Handling


**Please note that Horse Handler Training is also an evaluation to ensure that volunteers have enough previous experience with horses to safely handle in our classes.  The evaluation form is attached for you to look over in advance should you choose to attend the Horse Handler training**


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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