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Chastain Horse Park is a premier equestrian facility dedicated to serving riders of all skill levels from beginner, intermediate, to advanced, as well as riders with cognitive, physical or mental disabilities through our Therapeutic Program and inner city and at-risk children with our Outreach Program. We develop and strengthen skills in the areas of awareness, focus, leadership, team playing, confidence, coordination, courage, friendships and fun along with superb hunter equitation skills and abilities.
Our volunteer’s are a vibrant group of individuals that are committed to helping to provide therapeutic riding services to children and adults with special needs in therapeutic riding lessons, hippo therapy riding lessons, as well as to our outreach groups. To quote Erma Bombeck, volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. We see this everyday at Chastain Horse Park with our volunteers!
Our therapeutic program is part of each rider’s treatment program to achieve functional goals. Our volunteers work with our PATH, Intl. certified instructors and licensed therapists, helping our riders reach their individual goals, as well as caring for our horses, who allow us all to learn and grow.
Our volunteers are a critical part in meeting the goals and needs of our riders and horses, and we could not do it without them! We always need and welcome new volunteers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
To volunteer, you must first attend one of our orientation classes that are offered once a month on every third Saturday from 10am to 12pm. Please meet at our Clubhouse located at 4371 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta 30327 at 10am.
After completing the orientation class, you can then sign up and start volunteering. Our volunteers typically sign up for a one to two hour session. The sessions involve preparing the horses for their riders as well as walking beside or leading the horses with a challenged rider. Experience is not necessary. The orientation class provides the training and once you begin volunteering, the trainer will teach you more. If desired, additional training is available.
Our volunteers love the time with the horses and their riders. Many volunteers work with the same riders and horses every week. The relationships they form makes a huge difference in the rider’s and horse’s lives as well as their own.