Exceptional Equestrians is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (tax ID 39-1959653).that provides hippotherapy, adaptive riding and equine-assisted learning services to children, teens and adults with physical, cognitive and mental health challenges.

 

Our mission is to better the lives of people of all abilities through the healing power of horses.

Exceptional Equestrians 
1130 Orlando Drive
De Pere, Wisconsin 54115

Phone: (920) 347-3174

Fax: (920) 347-3175

info@exceptionalequestrians.org

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BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are vital to our mission. We are able to provide exceptional therapies to exceptional people thanks to the 100+ dedicated individuals who share their time and talents.

If you have questions about our volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at mkafka@exceptionalequestrians.org.

 

Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Friday to adults and teens age 14 and older.

Commitment:

  • Weekly shift of 1 hour or more

  • Minimum of 15 cumulative service hours

 

All volunteers that assist during riding sessions start in the role of side walker for a minimum of two weeks. Volunteers who have horsemanship experience can complete our horse lead assessment to become horse leaders.

 

Horse Leaders

 

Horse Leaders lead horses during therapeutic horseback riding sessions for clients with disabilities. Duties include walking the horse during the therapy session, grooming the horse, putting on tack, taking off tack, cleaning the barn, putting the horse in the stall or pasture, and other duties as needed.

 

Horse Leaders must be knowledgeable and proficient in:

  • Halter

  • Lead rope

  • English tack

  • Western tack

  • Grooming tools

and must know how to:

  • Halter a horse

  • Saddle a horse

  • Lead (showing basic maneuvers such as backing and pivoting)

 

Side Walkers

Side Walkers work with clients with disabilities and horses, walking beside the horse during riding sessions.

 

Side Walker duties include:

  • Interacting with clients

  • Assisting during mount and dismount

  • Assisting the client during activities such as grooming the horse, playing games, and other tasks.

 

No experience is necessary. Training is provided.

 

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • Office assistance with answering phone, greeting visitors, and filing

  • Facilities assistance with cleaning and maintenance

  • Special events help

 

To apply:

 

CURRENT VOLUNTEERS

ANNOUNCEMENT (9/18/19): Please note that the Volunteer Schedule is now available via a link provided in the fourth bullet point below.

  • Visit this page for schedules, updates and announcements.

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  • Download the Volunteer Handbook.

  • View Volunteer Schedule.

  • Contact us as soon as possible (at least 24 hours prior) if you will not be able to serve your shift. To contact us, call (920) 347-3174. When calling, be sure to specify the date and time of your shift.