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 is anticipated to be held in the Spring of 2022 on March 28th from 2-4 p.m. in the indoor Skoglund arena next to our main horse barn. We will not be training any new volunteers for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for the 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.

Click on any of the links below to gain more detailed information helpful to our volunteers.

Directions to the Light Horse Classroom

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 not where my office is. Instead, stay on the paved road and bear right at the fork just after the dirt road. 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. The paved portion of the driveway then slopes up a small hill on the right. The Light Horse Classroom is in the small white building on the top of that hill. Go in the green door on the right side of the building. 

BY BUS: Take the bus to Parking Services, walk away from campus on Mast Road. Pass Barton and Cole Hall (the Thompson School of Applied Science buildings). Walk past the aluminum barricade. Turn left into the driveway of the stable and follow the directions above.