Volunteering for Therapeutic Horsemanship

Volunteer in our Therapeutic Horsemanship Program

Our dedicated volunteers are the heart of our program as side walkers, leaders, helpers in the barn, and instructors. With over 90 riders each week, we have a large, committed group of volunteers, and welcome more.

Camp Cheerful’s Therapeutic Horsemanship Riding Center is located in the beautiful Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville.

Qualifications Include:

  • Must be 14 years of age and older.
  • No experience is necessary; training is provided.
  • Attend a two hour orientation/training session prior to volunteering.
  • Commitment to attend class each week for the length of a session, typically 10 weeks.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with supporting the rider during mounting and dismounting
  • Walk next to the rider throughout the class
  • Help the rider follow directions given by the instructor
  • Estimated total hours; two hours per day, per class (more classes available)

Volunteer benefits:

  • Priceless

Lend a hand

Help children with disabilities experience the joy of riding our gentle horses!

Hannah Hayes

Therapeutic Riding Volunteer Coordinator
440-238-6200 ext. 242

Next scheduled orientation for new volunteers:

Saturday, November 4, 2017
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


It gives me immense joy to witness someone, who has a seemingly unending road of struggle ahead, let go of all of their fears, worries, and inhibitions to ride a horse for an hour and enjoy every second. It is a humbling experience in which I contemplate my own life and have gratitude for everything I am blessed with.

Antonio T., Volunteer

Achievement Centers for Children is an authorized licensee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Park District. Inquiries regarding the cooperative relationship may be directed to the Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metroparks, 4101 Fulton Parkway, Cleveland, Ohio 44144; 216-635-3200.

Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities
Cleveland Metroparks
Path International
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American Camp Association