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ORGANIZATION: BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 97 people are interested

One of the important mainstays our therapeutic programs is our volunteers. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks from light stable duties to horse handling. Volunteers involved in horse handling are responsible for grooming and saddling horses prior to lessons, and also function as leaders and/or sidewalkers during the lessons. BraveHearts also has many opportunities for volunteers who are not at ease around horses, such as administrative assistance, gardening, painting, fundraising and cleaning. We greatly appreciate your interest and can utilize your assistance.

Who can volunteer?
  • Anyone over the age of 14
  • Anyone with a desire to learn how to work with horses and people with disabilities
  • No horse experience necessary
  • Held every month. Please visit our website (www.braveheartsriding.org) for exact dates and times.

BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center
7319 Maxon Road
Harvard, IL 60033

BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre
4950 Route 173
Poplar Grove, IL 61065

  • Step 1: Attend a Sidewalker /New Volunteer Orientation
  • Step 2: Fill out Annual forms
  • Step 3: 18yrs old or old must complete a background check
  • Step 4: Start volunteering

Contact - volunteer.director@braveheartsriding.org


Volunteer training description:

Sidewalker/ New Volunteer Orientation:
  • Introduction to BraveHearts and the programs and services we offer
  • Information on volunteer opportunities within BraveHearts
  • Volunteer duties and program policies
  • Safety around horses
  • Grooming
  • Tack and other equine equipment
  • Horse handling procedures
  • Side Walkers’ role (Hands-on practice!)
  • Emergency procedures and policies (Hands on)
  • Leader responsibilities
  • Leading guidelines
  • Mounting and dismounting (Hands on)
  • Leading at walk (Hands on)
  • Verbal cues for horses
  • Leading at the trot (Hands on)
  • Emergency procedures and policies (Hands on)

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About BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center


7319 Maxon Rd., Harvard, IL 60033, US

Mission Statement

To provide equine-assisted activities and therapies with teams of expert staff, dedicated volunteers and therapy horses at multiple safe and caring facilities. In addition to serving children and adults, BraveHearts provides innovative services to meet the needs of our military veterans and their families. By utilizing a faculty of national experts, BraveHearts is a center of excellence within the therapeutic industry through its unique efforts in programming, education and research.


BraveHearts is proud to be recognized as a Premier Accredited Center with PATH, Intl at both the Harvard and Poplar Grove locations.

BraveHearts provides therapeutic horseback riding, hippotherapy, therapeutic carriage driving, foundation horsemanship, a large and comprehensive program for military veterans and Gold Star families and retreats. It is currently the largest veterans' therapeutic riding program in the nation.

Therapeutic riding has provided social, educational, and recreational opportunities to individuals with disabilities for more than a century. This unique form of therapy utilizes the special bond between humans and horses, and benefits students of all ability levels both inside and out.

Therapeutic riding encourages improvements in:

  • strength, balance and range of motion
  • posture
  • self esteem
  • cognition
  • independence


BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center
7319 Maxon Road
Harvard, IL. 60033

BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre
4950 Illinois Route 173
Poplar Grove, IL. 61065


People with Disabilities
Veterans & Military Families
Animals, People with Disabilities, Veterans & Military Families


We'll work with your schedule.


4950 Route 173Poplar Grove, IL 61065




  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • any amount

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