Volunteer Guidelines & Safety Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions by Volunteers

My school requires community service volunteering. Do you provide community service credits?

Absolutely. Over the years, we’ve had hundreds of students from local schools fulfill community service requirements at Westwind Riding Institute. Please bring your form at the end of the session to have it verified and signed by one of our sponsors. Many students find it a rewarding experience to get to know and help our riders, other volunteers, and sponsors, and learn to work around horses.

What if I can’t make it to orientation?

If you can’t make the orientation, please contact Nancy Couperus by contacting us. We may be able to arrange an on-site orientation/training for you.  However, we strongly recommend attending the regularly scheduled training/orientation, which occur before each riding session.

What should I wear to the program?

Jeans, or even shorts during hot weather are fine. For your safety, please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

Who takes care of the horses on non-program days?

We have a small group of WRI program volunteers who are sponsors and share responsibilities for facility maintenance, feeding, exercising, and loving care for the horses.