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The Regina Therapeutic Riding Association needs volunteers . . .

Volunteers are the cornerstone or any successful organization, and we are no exception. As a RTRA Volunteer, you can make a profound difference in the lives of people facing physical, cognitive, social and psychological challenges. By giving a small amount of your time and energy, you can help change a life and make a dream come true!

The Therapeutic horses are the backbone of the program. Their job is to carry the rider safely, smoothly and obediently. Finding the right horse for the RTRA program can be a difficult process. The horses have to be gentle and move willingly when asked. They need to tolerate noise, unbalanced riders, people leading from both sides and walking alongside them. You can be assured that safety is the utmost priority.

Horse experience is not a requirement to volunteer with RTRA. We will provide training to get you started. We have volunteer training workshops for new volunteers and workshops to update our regular volunteers.

Our Volunteer requirements are:

  • be a minimum age of 14
  • fill out a few forms so we can "get-to-know-you"
  • attend an orientation or training workshop
  • have a Police Record Check
  • make a weekly commitment for one 8-week session
  • LOVE learning and helping others
  • be physically able to walk briskly for 45 min and jog the length of the arena with arm at shoulder height, all without discomfort!

If all this sounds like you, then why not become part of our great organization?

  • You would become part of the powerful influence that therapy horses have on our riders. Of all the many therapies that these children and adults undergo to treat varied individual disorders, this therapeutic riding program doesn't feel like therapy at all!
  • You would be part of a valuable team that provides a safe and fun atmosphere for children and adults with special needs.
  • You would make a difference in someone's life, and yours.
  • Read one volunteer's story - Iris learns that riding therapy benefits participants and volunteers.