The centre’s volunteer program offers a number of opportunities for the community to get involved.
As the centre is run entirely by volunteers there are roles in horse care, assisting in class (leading/sidewalking), grounds maintenance, cleaning, catering for special functions, administration and fundraising.
The Coaches are also volunteers. They have all completed two years of training in safety, horse management and teaching horse riding skills, before being accredited by Riding for the Disabled Association NSW. Coaches must regularly attend coaching clinics and workshops to keep their accreditation.
Many of the volunteers are the local youth and the rider’s parents, who groom and prepare the horses and assist as side walkers and leaders to the riders. The young volunteers learn a wide range of valuable skills that they can put in to practice in everyday life. They learn all about horse riding and animal care, responsibility, safety and discipline. They gain skills in interpersonal communication and teamwork. Working with the riders also bestows in them good values, such as; helping others, empathy, compassion, patience and understanding for people with disabilities.