IMG_9979What makes a successful WHOA volunteer? Reliability, flexibility, along with a desire to learn and help others. No previous experience with horses or individuals with disabilities are necessary to become a volunteer. WHOA does ask that volunteers be over the age of 14, pass a background check, along with attend Volunteer Training to become acquainted with the program, horses, staff and volunteer positions.


Sidewalkers help ensure the safety of the rider. At times, this means providing physical support to the rider. Sidewalkers usually walk or jog along the mounted rider as a safety measure. Sidewalkers enjoy interaction with students and see their progress firsthand!

  • Help keep rider on task and focused during lesson
  • Assist and reinforce instructions
  • Provide physical support to the rider
  • Prevent falls
  • Help with cues to the horses


Leaders prepare the horse for class and lead the animal in the arena. Previous horse experience is necessary. Leaders attend special training to learn about horses, tack, and the facility.

  • Lead the horse in class
  • Catch, groom and tack horsesIMG_9934
  • Put horses and tack away
  • Possible year-round horse-related needs

Other Opportunities

WHOA also provides year-round volunteer opportunities for people with all types of skills, level of time, and commitment. Your talents can be channeled into a rewarding experience if you like to:

  • Build things
  • Meet people
  • Plan activities
  • Fundraise
  • Work outdoors

From fundraising to fence building, individual projects to group collaboration; there’s always something for everyone at WHOA.

Interested in volunteering? Please contact us at rideatwhoa@yahoo.com for more information.

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