Become a Volunteer!

The VTRA relies largely upon volunteer support to make our programs work. Through our volunteers’ dedication and generosity, more than 180 children and adults with disabilities are able to ride every year. Volunteering with us provides opportunities that will enrich your life both personally and professionally. 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 out 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.
  • Assistant Instructor: Previous experience in program and with horses required.
  • Groom: Prepare horses for the next lessons and complete barn chores. Experience with horses and assessment required.
  • Fundraising: Assisting the Board before and during events.
  • Tack Store Staff: Opening the tack store, selling tack. Knowledge of tack an asset.
  • Assisting with building projects

Who Volunteers?

  • High school students volunteering in order to get their CAPP hours (must be at least 16 years old)
  • 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 e-mail our Coordinator of Volunteers. We also have a volunteer Facebook group!

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

*More training will be posted for October training week (Oct 28th to Nov 1st)

*Please Note:  Horse Handler & Groom Training are evaluations 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.

** Please Note: Assistant Instructor Training typically requires prior experience in our program, either as a Side Walker, Horse Handler, or Groom.

Documents for Volunteers (click on image)




Volunteer Handbook

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