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: September 10th – October 26th

Term 2: November 5th – December 21st

Term 3: January 14th – March 15th

Term 4: April 8th – June 7th

Upcoming Training/Workshops

Spaces are limited so confirm your spot now by clicking on the appropriate class to sign up:


FRI, 14 SEP, 2018

9am – 12pm: Horse Handler Training *


FRI, 21 SEP 2018

930am – 1230pm: Side Walker Training

530pm – 730pm: Assistant Instructor Training


FRI, 28 SEP 2018

9am – 12pm: Early Intervention Training for Volunteers


FRI, 5 OCT 2018

1pm – 3pm: Side Walker Training


FRI, 12 OCT 2018

1pm – 3pm: Emergency Procedures


MON, 29 OCT 2018

930am – 1130am: Side Walker Training

2pm – 5pm: Advanced Side Walker Training (must have attended Side Walker training first)


TUES, 30 OCT 2018

9am – 12pm: Horse Handler Training *

2pm – 5pm: Advanced Horse Handler Training *  (must have attended and passed Horse Handler training first)


*Please Note:  Horse Handler & Groom Training is an evaluation to ensure that volunteers have enough experience  to safely handle, groom and tack our horses. Volunteers MUST have previous horse experience to attend or a minimum of 6 months Side Walking experience with the VTRA prior to attending one of these classes.


Documents for Volunteers (click on image)

Horse Show Pattern for 2018

Volunteer Handbook

VTRA Volunteer Handbook

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