Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center

235 Run Hill Rd, Brewster, Ma 02631, Usa
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Our mission To enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs on Cape Cod by providing individualized Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.

Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center

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Office Volunteer

Office volunteers perform a variety of duties including general clerical duties such as filing, data entry, making copies, assisting with special mailings etc. Volunteers must also be able to commit to attend class each week for the length of a session, typically 2 hours per week for 10-12 weeks
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Special Skills Volunteers

Volunteers in this area are encouraged to share a special skill or technical experience that may benefit the program. Areas of special skills/experience may include graphic design, public relations, photography, computer knowledge, etc. If you think you would fit into this unique and creative role, please contact the program director for more information. Volunteers must also be able to commit to attend class each week for the length of a session, typically 2 hours per week for 10-12 weeks
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays

Special Events Volunteers

Throughout the year Emerald Hollow has events at the farm and in the local community to raise money and awareness. Volunteers are needed to plan, organize and run these events. Volunteers must also be able to commit to attend class each week for the length of a session, typically 2 hours per week for 10-12 weeks
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Barn Assistant

Barn Assistants help keep the barn clean, safe and operating smoothly during program hours. Tasks include cleaning stalls, sweeping, dumping water buckets, and cleaning tack. Volunteers must also be able to commit to attend class each week for the length of a session, typically 2 hours per week for 10-12 weeks
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Event support, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Horse Handler

The Horse Handler is responsible for the preparation prior to, handling during the lesson and care following the lesson for the program equine. Primary Responsibilities: Arrive 30 minutes prior to lesson start time; Groom and Tack their horse for lesson; Warm up horse in hand 10 minutes prior to lesson; Safely and effectively lead horse during lesson; Untack and groom horse following lesson (may include hosing/sponging horse in warmer months) Required Criteria: Has horse experience; Safety Awareness; Willingness to learn and demonstrate Emerald Hollow policies and procedures; Able to walk and jog for at least ½ hour; Has attended an Emerald Hollow Volunteer Orientation and Training; Demonstrates awareness of horse behavior; Able to tack, groom and untack horse independently Volunteers must also be able to commit to attend class each week for the length of a session, typically 2 hours per week for 10-12 weeks
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Event support, Outdoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays

Sidewalker

Sidewalkers are responsible for the safety and well being of the participants during the lesson. They assist the instructor in relaying instructions, provide physical support and serve as a role model for the participants Primary Responsibilities: Arrive 15 minutes before lesson start time; Assist participant with helmet fit; Walk next to participant during lesson providing physical support when necessary; A variety of sidewalking techniques are used according to rider’s needs; The instructor will indicate which type of support should be used Relay instructions to participants; Assist with communication between participant and instructor; Assist with safety procedures when necessary Required Criteria: Willingness to learn Emerald Hollow policies and procedures; Kind and tolerant; Safety awareness; Able to walk and jog for at least ½ hour; Has attended an Emerald Hollow Volunteer Orientation and Training Volunteers must also be able to commit to attend class each week for the length of a session, typically 2 hours per week for 10-12 weeks
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays
About us In spring of 2001, Emerald Hollow Farm began as a small boarding and rescue farm, taking in older and unwanted horses who needed a forever home. After a few years we added a horseback riding lesson program for children and adults. In the spring of 2010 we were contacted by Latham Centers and began a weekly therapeutic riding program. It was then that the magic happened as we watched the horses we loved so much bring such joy and self-esteem to individuals with special needs. In addition to learning to ride, the students also learned how to safely handle and care for their mounts and we watched the bond between student and horse grow even deeper. Shortly after Latham Centers began riding with us, we were contacted by Cape Abilities to run a similar program for them. In addition, we began to be contacted by families and individuals who were also interested and in need of a therapeutic riding and horsemanship program. Due to the wonderful results and the tremendous response from the riders and their families, by 2014 the therapeutic program had grown to the extent where additional staffing, volunteers, and equipment was needed and we began to pursue the dream of finding like-minded and like-spirited individuals to help us form a separate, nonprofit corporation that would allow us to assist countless other riders with special needs. Six wonderful men and women stepped up to the challenge and volunteered their time and talents to serve as Board of Directors and in May of 2015, "Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc." was established.
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