Horse’n around at the Reinbow equestrian center

Riders and staff of the Reinbow Equestrian Center. Photo provided

BELMONT, Vermont – The days are longer and it’s time to start activities in warm weather. Horses and ponies are losing their winter coats and Reinbow Riding Center is gearing up for another season of fun. As well as a lot of brushing to rid the ponies of their winter coats, we prepare the arena, put up fences, clean up equipment and clear the trails that wind through the forest and fields so we can get started. And we are looking for volunteers to help us with our course program.

Reinbow Riding Center is a non-profit therapeutic riding center located in Belmont, Vermont. Our program is designed to improve the well-being of people facing unique physical, emotional and cognitive challenges through a therapeutic equine experience. To do this, we need volunteers to help us in many different capacities.

We begin our program each spring as weather and terrain conditions permit. To do this, we need your help. Volunteers are a big part of our program, allowing us to give more people the opportunity to participate in this beneficial program. We start the season by offering our services to local school children and continue throughout the summer and fall.

Part of the fun includes grooming, tying up, riding horses, or being a side walker, lending a rider a bit of support. Non-equine activities may include clearing trails, installing or repairing fences, office work, photography/video recording, helping with social media, or brainstorming to develop new games and challenges. Whatever your expertise or inclination, if you think you’d like to join us in helping these cyclists achieve their goals, we’d love to have you on board.

If you’re looking for a new experience, why not give us a try? Everyone is invited to attend the Volunteer Clinic we will be holding on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Stone Wall Farm, 892 Tarbellville Rd. in Belmont. You don’t need to know anything about horses. We’ll present you. As long as you can walk alongside a rider in case they need a steady hand and are willing to learn, you’ll fit right in. You must be 14 to work with horses. Students and others can participate and earn credit for community service requirements.

Come and see what we are, what you could do as a volunteer and sign up if you want to have a good time in the company of beautiful horses, a team of dedicated instructors and children and adults who just know how really cool this program is. You can help us bring joy to children and adults and have fun while doing so.

For questions or directions to the Center, visit the website at www.reinbowridingcenter.org or email [email protected] Volunteer applications and our volunteer handbook are available on the website and available by mail if you email us. We will also have them available at the Clinic. Please check us out on Facebook, Twitter @ReinbowRiding and Instagram @reinbow_riding_center. If you would like to volunteer but cannot attend the clinic on May 14, please contact us.

Clyde P. Johnson