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HorsePower Therapeutic Riding seeks volunteers

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 11:21 a.m. CST

MAPLE PARK – HorsePower Therapeutic Riding is seeking volunteers ages 14 and older for its growing program, which teaches horseback riding lessons to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.

Approximately one-third of the riders receive scholarship support, so volunteers are needed to keep costs down. Assignments include grooming, tacking, training, leading and side-walking. Applicants must have at least two years of experience with horses and must pass a horse-handling skills assessment. Shifts are available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Daytime hours are especially needed. Support volunteers also are needed for marketing, cleaning, fundraising, childcare and office tasks; no horse experience is necessary.

All volunteers must have their own health insurance and consent to a background check. A mandatory orientation will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Fox Chase Farm, 46W276 Route 38, Maple Park. Volunteers should come to the orientation dressed appropriately to handle the horses. Prior to the orientation, applicants must submit a written application and have a phone interview. To receive a volunteer application, contact Carrie Capes via email at info@HorsePower.com or by phone at 815-508-0804. For more information about the riding program, visit www.horsepowertr.com.

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