Volunteer Training and Certification!

Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center is looking for anyone interested in becoming a certified Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Volunteer. Training will be held at the Banner Elk facility on Saturday, August 25th, from 9 am to Noon. Absolutely no experience with horses is required.

This is a two-part course.
Level 1 (9-10:15am) will cover general safety guidelines while interacting with horses, as well as how to communicate effectively with our equine partners. A general overview of the Spirit Ride philosophy and therapeutic methods/benefits will be discussed as well. The cost for this course alone is $10.

Level 2 (10:30-Noon) is for those who would like to become certified Equine Therapy Volunteers. Participants will explore more in-depth methods of equine communication as well as barn management, an overview of exceptionalities, and specific ‘Therapy Team’ roles. After successfully completing the BOTH sections of the two-part course, participants will receive a certificate and a Spirit Ride T-Shirt. The cost for this course alone is $10 (NOTE: Those interested in becoming SRTC Volunteers must take both Level 1&2.)

The fee for both courses is $20 (or $15 if paid in advance online). To register, Please go to:  https://form.jotform.com/82295716106155

Important things to know:
1.  Wear close-toed shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.  We will be interacting with animals and walking on trails.
2.  Print the directions – GPS and cell service may be less than reliable as we are in a rural area.  The address is:  7156 NC Hwy 194 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604
As a reminder, the cost for the two-part course is $20 and includes certification and a Spirit Ride T-Shirt.  HOWEVER – if you pay in advance the fee is only $15.  Click here to register and pay online.
*NOTE:  In the event of rain, we will conduct the training in the barn loft.  Please check the weather and dress accordingly.
See you at the farm!
Patty Adams
Executive Director, Spirit Ride

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