Volunteer Training Day A “Splashing” Success

You know exactly what great volunteers you have when over 40 of them turn out in the pouring rain to participate in our Volunteer Training Day. Never was our covered arena more appreciated, yet still good-natured folks braved puddles, cool weather and the occasional downpour. Volunteer Training Day is a big day for both new and seasoned volunteers alike. The day consists of stations through which our volunteers rotate to hear presentations on common disabilities and associated challenges, adaptive riding equipment and why it is used, why instructors use toys and games in sessions, Volunteering 101 (which covers expectations of volunteers in and out of lessons), a mock lesson session, and horse herd dynamics. Each session is taught by one of our instructors, who all have a wealth of knowledge to share. While much information is imparted throughout the day, it is also a time for friendships to be renewed and new friendships made. Our seasoned volunteers do an incredible job of welcoming the newcomers and getting them excited about helping during lessons. It is a great way to kick off the new season. We are grateful to all the folks that came and look forward to seeing you all during lessons.