Volunteers for Therapeutic Riding Institute, Inc.


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


5224 Dearth RoadSpringboro, OH 45066
Our students reach their full potential with the help of their side helpers and horse leader!


Volunteers are needed to work as side walkers with a horseback riding therapy program for children and adults with special needs. All volunteers must:

  • be 14 years or older.
  • be 5'4" or have comparable reach,
  • be physically capable of walking with some jogging in sand for 45 minutes
  • be compassionate, good listeners and dedicated to their volunteer experience
  • Volunteers do not have to have any horse experience.

Classes take place in the evenings (Monday - Thursday and Saturday mornings) during five sessions ; spring, summer I, summer II, fall, and winter. Volunteers are asked to work at least one evening/day during a session. Volunteers are asked to work at least one session a year.

Side Helpers are teamed with the same student for the duration of the 8 week session and are an integral part of that student's success. Regular attendance is critical.

CRITICAL NEED FOR DAYTIME VOLUNTEERS: TRI teams up with local organizations and schools to provide field trips and regular programming between the hours of 10am - 4pm. Volunteer commitments for daytime programming could be 1x a month or 1x a week.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help in our summer classes in the evenings and weekends. Get trained to be eligible to volunteer in Session 2 & 3 starting this June and July. Once you are trained, you are able to jump in at any time.

All volunteers must attend a volunteer training program. Our next training will be on Tuesday, May 29th from 5:45pm until 8pm. RSVPs required to Sam at SLape@triohio.org.


  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour, 1x/week for 8 weeks

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