RIDERS & VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR
FALL HORSEBACK RIDING PROGRAM
FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Equestrian Experience Not Required
NORTH BRANCH, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department (TR) and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking both riders to participate in and volunteers to assist with the T.R.A.I.L.S (Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Instruction at Lord Stirling) program on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings beginning September 17 and 18, 2013. For volunteers two class options are available each evening from 6:15 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. and from 7:15 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Class assignment for riders is at the discretion of TR staff and the riding instructor.
T.R.A.I.L.S. takes place at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ and provides an opportunity for children and adults with developmental disabilities to learn the basics of horseback riding at a level adapted to their individual needs.
The T.R.A.I.L.S. program consists of ten weekly riding lessons. Riders must weigh less than 225 pounds and be able to balance themselves on a horse with minimal assistance. All riders must provide one volunteer for each week of the class. Additional volunteers are needed and may choose either or both sessions.
Volunteers need not have equestrian experience but must be age 18 or older. (17 year olds will be considered if they have previous experience with horses.) Volunteers should have a desire to help individuals enjoy a recreational activity that they otherwise would have no opportunity to experience. Volunteers will be required to attend a short training session prior to the start of classes.
“The role of the volunteer can either be a ‘side walker’ providing support, balance, and reinforcement of instruction or a ‘lead walker,’” commented Dina Trunzo, CTRS, Manager, Therapeutic Recreation. “The volunteer is an active contributor to the learning and enjoyment of the student. The success of the program is due in large part to the volunteers, working with trained staff, to support each of the students.”