Equest Special Riders Inc.
Instruction for physically and mentally challenged horseback riders since 1982

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Tacoma, Washington .
Volunteers Needed   Equest Depends on Community Support - Your Support
Equest is welcoming volunteers to prepare horses for class (groom and tack), lead horses or sidewalk during class, help with fundraisers, act as a board member, sponsor a student or a horse, make a contribution, or a variety of other activities essential for the continued success of the program.

We are anxious to add your fresh ideas to ours. Volunteering for a single event a weekly time commitment or distributing brochures by mail or in person will help immensely.

If you are active in a club, a church group, school function or will be working in a booth at a bazaar or craft show, handing out information about Special Riders would give them the boost they need.


Please contact us for a volunteer application packet
     Thursday volunteer coordinator -  Pat Bliss               oldhawkin3@comcast.net
     Saturday volunteer coordinator -   Jolene Barabe     jbara19751@yahoo.com
Ability of Volunteers to Perform Activities
Volunteering with Equest Special Riders can be a very wonderful experience; however, it can be a physically and mentally challenging job.  Volunteer duties must be performed in a safe and competent manner.
Volunteer Eligibility for Working with Riders and Horses

Volunteers must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
  • Have a desire to assist child and adults with disabilities
  • Be physically able to walk for 60 minutes in sand arena
  • Be comfortable around horses
  • Be willing to be outdoors in varied weather conditions
  • Be willing to commit to at least eight class days of 2 to 3 hours a class day
  • Be 14 years or older
  • Have completed a volunteer application packet
  • Complete volunteer training consisting of:
                   Watch Training DVD
                   Read PATH Volunteer Training Manual
                   Attend horse handling, side-walking, tacking and grooming sessions
                        and have skills checked and signed off by a volunteer trainer. 

I Saw A Child

I saw a child who couldn't walk,
sit on a horse, laugh and talk.
Then ride it through a field of daisies
and yet he could not walk unaided.

I saw a chlid, no legs below,
sit on a horse and make it go.
Through woods of green
and places he had never heen,
to sit and stare, except from a chair,

I saw a child who could only crawl,
mount a horse and sit up tall.
Put it through degrees of paces and laugh at the
wonder in our faces.

I saw a child born into strife,
take up and hold the reins of life.
And that same child, I heard him say
"Thank God for showing me the way!"

By John Anthony Davis