Rainbow Riders is supported by a dedicated group of volunteers. We are always looking for energetic and motivated volunteers to help with our riding lessons, barn chores, and odd jobs around the stable.
During a single therapeutic riding session, we can have as many as four children with varying diagnoses riding in group lessons. For each child to ride, it takes one horse leader, two side walkers and an instructor to make the lesson possible. Not to mention all the work behind the scenes to keep our horses happy and healthy, and our beautiful facility running smoothly.
In order to volunteer with our organization you must be at least 14 years of age. In addition, interested volunteers over the age of 18 must submit a volunteer form and code of conduct. (Click here to apply online for a code of conduct from the RNC.) If you have questions about joining our volunteer team, please contact us!
We have the following types of volunteer positions available:
Barn Chores/Horse Care
Operating a 16-horse barn year round is a lot of work, and we wouldn’t be able to maintain everything without the help of our reliable volunteers. We need helpers 7 days a week, scheduled for various shifts throughout the day, to help with horse feedings, turning the horses outside/inside, cleaning stalls, sweeping the barn, preparing meals and, on occasion, grooming our therapy horses.
Many children require the support of side-walkers on each side of them while riding. Side-walkers aid the rider using a number of different support holds. Each rider's needs are individualized. Before side-walkers begin their lesson, they are given a description of their rider as well as the types of holds that rider may need. When scheduling riders and side walkers, we are careful to match the rider’s needs to the volunteer’s level of experience.
Each therapy horse needs an experienced horse person to lead them during their lesson. Horse leaders are typically volunteers who have been helping regularly with our program, know our horses well and have experience and confidence handling horses in all situations.
It is the instructor's role to direct the riding lesson to ensure the rider, therapy horses and volunteers are safe, and that the session is both fun and constructive for our riders. All our instructors are either certified through the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA), or instructor candidates working towards certification under the guidance of a mentor. For information about joining our instructor candidates pool, email us at email@example.com. Also see CanTRA’s website for more details!
ODD JOBS/HANDYMAN TASKS
Our new facility is state-of-the-art, but every building requires maintenance! We need help maintaining fencing, clearing away fallen trees and debris around our trail system, performing minor carpentry tasks, light gardening duties during the spring and summer, and keeping our trusty Kubota tractor (aka Scoopy!) running smoothly. If you are handy in any of these areas, reach out to add your name to our list of contacts for odd jobs.
Please note that we track our volunteers’ hours, and that hours logged with Rainbow Riders are eligible for the high school Career Development course.
Completed forms can be mailed to:
Rainbow Riders Therapeutic Riding Centre
P.O. Box 23199
St. John’s, NL
Or send an email to: