Become a WRI Volunteer

Volunteers are the backbone of the Westwind Riding Institute program. No previous experience is necessary — just an interest in horses and children, and a desire to help. Volunteer opportunities include sidewalking, horse care, and more. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. We also welcome volunteers interested in helping with social media, WRI coordination, grant writing, and fundraising events. Students can receive community service credits.

We provide an orientation and a safety training class for all volunteers. Orientation sessions are held in the main barn in the community room rain or shine. Training sessions meet in the community room and are held in the upper arena. Check the session schedule for orientation and training days/times.

For more information about volunteering, read our Volunteer Guidelines.

We are currently in need of side-walkers and horse leaders. No previous experience is necessary — just an interest in horses and children, and a desire to help. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. To volunteer, please email us through our website contact page.

Side-walkers walk next to the mounted rider during class, assisting as necessary.
Horse leaders lead their assigned horse in class. The leader is also responsible for grooming and tacking the horse.

“I have loved working with the riders and other volunteers. I really feel like my work with WRI has been very rewarding and that I have made a difference in the lives of the riders.”
–A high school volunteer

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