HorsePower seeks hands-on volunteers

By on June 13, 2014

MAPLE PARK—Looking for something fun and meaningful to do this summer? HorsePower Therapeutic Riding, located at Fox Chase Farm in Maple Park, is seeking responsible and dedicated volunteers 14 years of age or older for its growing program.

The organization teaches creative and challenging horseback riding lessons to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Approximately one-third of its riders receive scholarship support; therefore, to keep costs down, hands-on program volunteers are needed for grooming, tacking, training, leading and side-walking assignments, which support HorsePower’s lesson program.

Applicants must have at least two years of horse experience and pass a horse-handling skills assessment. Shifts are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Daytime hours are especially needed. Support volunteers are also needed for marketing, cleaning, fundraising, childcare and office tasks—no horse experience necessary.

All volunteers must have their own health insurance and consent to a background check.

An orientation will take place Tuesday, June 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Attendance at orientation is mandatory for all who wish to volunteer. Come dressed to participate in hands-on skills activities with horses. If it is hot, shorts are fine, but boots are a must.

All orientation attendees must submit a written application and participate in a brief phone interview prior to attending the orientation. To receive a volunteer application, contact Carrie Capes at or call (815) 508-0804.

For more information on HorsePower’s therapeutic riding program, visit