Volunteers help us Shine!

As a Volunteer, you’ll gain tremendous satisfaction from assisting
the participants in their progress as they enjoy physical,
emotional, and cognitive contact with the horses.


Each year, we welcome returning and new volunteers to our growing family. The organization is truly honored to have dedicated volunteers who give of their time & talents to serve so many community individuals & their families who benefit from our programs.

Shining Stars has a place for you whether or not you have horse experience! There are many areas where volunteers can get involved, such as helping with fundraising, special events, promotion, grants, barn maintenance, etc.

Returning volunteers for horsemanship classes are encouraged to become more involved—let us know if you are interested in expanding your volunteer duties. For example, perhaps you are a side-walker who would like to learn to become a leader, or maybe you have the desire to become an instructor.

Volunteer duties include things like:

  • leading horses during lessons
  • side-walking (walking alongside the horse to offer the rider support when needed)
  • making sure each rider is safe, happy, and has a memorable riding experience.

Special Event Volunteers are needed to serve on the Special Events Committee to help with fundraising events and assist with administrative projects in the office. Volunteers are also needed to help with greeting our riders and guests.

Please contact Brandy Crago, Executive Director at brandyicrago@gmail.com for more information about becoming a volunteer.

Take a look at our Volunteer Application to learn more. All volunteers are required to submit both the Volunteer Application and the SS Clearance FormWhether you are a veteran member of the Shining Stars’ team or considering joining the family for the first time, we can’t wait to see you…and put you to work!