Volunteer Training

New Volunteers - Mandatory
Returning Volunteers - Strongly Recommended
Please call 651-439-2558 or email us to RSVP for our next volunteer training day to be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Our season-starting Training Day, for new and returning volunteers from all lesson sites, will be offered Saturday, April 6th in Afton. Plan to spend a full-day introduction to the fun and responsibility of RVR volunteering.

The day will begin at St. Peter Lutheran Church (880 Neal Avenue South) in Afton at 8:00am for a light breakfast. Indoor training will begin at 8:30am and continue until mid-day, when lunch will be provided. After lunch we will go 1 mile down the road to RVR’s property at 2007 Neal Avenue South for outdoor training, until 4:30pm. You’ll learn about therapeutic riding, the children and adults we serve, and the horses that help us. Get ready for a full and active day, including hands-on practice with our therapy horses. Please dress appropriately: layers, closed toe shoes (preferably heavy duty shoes/boots), etc. Training will occur rain or shine with RVR's new indoor arena for the afternoon.

Current volunteers are encouraged to attend this continuing education opportunity, especially those that started in mid-year 2018 and had not attended 2018’s spring training day. The training is being held earlier than previous years because we will be starting lessons at Afton the week of April 15th.  Lessons will start on April 30th at Rick-A-Shay Ranch.

We have therapeutic riding on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and carriage driving on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – lots of opportunity to volunteer! So please talk to your friends, relatives, and co-workers about RVR and hopefully they will want to come out to enjoy this great experience.

RVR is partnering with schools and senior citizen organizations, so there are some daytime volunteer opportunities throughout the season too.

Visit our Volunteer page for forms and resources.