Volunteering

We welcome people of all interests who have a healthy sense of humor, a willingness to learn and an abundance of love and patience.

Volunteers are the mainstay of our program. We are a 100% volunteer program. We welcome professionals and people who simply love children and horses to come to help. NO previous experience is required. We have plenty of work regardless of your skills or interest areas!


  • You must be at least 12 years of age.
  • Volunteers lead horses and side walk to assist youth with balance and support.
  • Volunteers do horse care, equipment maintenance, and barn/stall care.
  • Volunteers assist with preparing food and barbecuing Saturday lunches and do clean up.
  • Volunteers sweep out toddler play area, kitchen, ramps, and rake and maintain all play areas as well as all horse and program areas.
  • Volunteers help with arts and crafts, activities, parties, special event days.
  • We ask for a minimum time commitment of 4 hours each week.
  • Every volunteer must complete training.
  • We encourage volunteers to learn riding skills. Volunteers ride and practice skills during non program hours and receive basic riding pointers and guidance from program instructors.


Being a Volunteer with CMSR means:

THE CHILDREN ... come first. No matter what you are working on, when children arrive, stop and respond immediately.

SAFETY
Safety...Safety...Safety !!! Each and every person at Star Riders is responsible for keeping our children safe. Thinking safety at all times is the Number 1 issue at all times.

DIGNITY...RESPECT... CONFIDENTIALITY
We are committed to protecting our children and their family*s personal information, health issues and business. These are never discussed outside the therapeutic setting with individuals not involved in client care. We also establish emotional safety by always honoring each individual*s dignity, uniqueness, and right to be treated with respect and good humor. This standard applies to clients, their families, visitors, and fellow workers - both he two and four legged kind.

TRAINING
All volunteers take training to learn "the Star Rider Way". Some people arrive with no horsed experience, others with a lot of horse skills and others may have worked in other therapeutic riding programs. What is important is to listen to the CMSR philosophy, the CMSR process, the CMSR way of working with children, the CMSR way of doing everything done at CMSR. When we all do it the same way, kids win.

To Volunteer with CMSR:
Call Linda at 831-646-1941 to arrange a start date and training time. Come prepared to work in and around horses: wear jeans and tee shirts. Have layers to add if weather changes. Wear appropriate shoes for walking in deep sand and stall muck. Bring your smile.