Therapeutic Riding Program's Volunteer Information

Derek on Trail Poles

Volunteers are an invaluable part of the therapeutic team! Each challenged equestrian requires the assistance of as many as four volunteers to assure their safety during the lesson program and ensure effective treatment for each rider. Volunteers participate as leaders responsible for the horse or as sidewalkers accountable for the rider's position and balance. Other volunteers also help the rider work on activities that meet the lesson objectives. No prior experience is necessary, and volunteers can determine the amount of time they have available for the program. All volunteers should be 15 years or older and able to walk and jog over uneven ground. You do NOT need to be a UNH student to get involved. The Therapeutic Riding Program would not be able to operate without the dedication and time of our many wonderful volunteers.

Our next volunteer training will be held on May 18th from 4-6 p.m. in the indoor Skoglund arena next to our main horse barn. 
Dates and times of the program

The training will be held assuming that UNH has returned to a Green phase of operations.

This training will be for all new volunteers wishing to help in our program. Please email cindy.burke@unh.edu for more info or just show up that day. We will update the day and time here, so please check back.

More detailed information helpful to our volunteers

Directions to the Skoglund Indoor Arena

Drive down Main Street through campus, heading away from the town of Durham. Pass the Whittemore Center (hockey arena) on your right and go over the railroad tracks. Pass the field house and athletic fields (on your left) and the greenhouses (on your right). You will then see the stables go by on your right. Take the next right (about 300 yards after the stables) onto MAST ROAD EXTENSION. About 100 yards after you turn onto Mast Road Extension, there will be a road on the right with a sign that says "Equine Center." DON'T TAKE IT -- that will take you to the breeding barn, which is where my office is but not where the training is held. Instead, stay on the paved road and bear right at the fork. You will then be on MAST ROAD. In about 300 yards, you will see a red, white and aluminum barricade that dead-ends the road. The driveway to the stable is on the right, just before the barricade. As you turn into the driveway, the end of the stable will be in front of you. There is parking to the left. Enter the indoor arena from the parking area through the people sized door on the left. Come find a seat in our bleachers and wait for the training to begin.