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"Be A Dream Maker"
Volunteers are crucial to the success of Dream Riders! They offer encouragement, support, knowledge and friendship to every one of Dream Riders special equestrians. Volunteers from all walks of life are appreciated. A knowledge of horses may be helpful but is not a requirement. We always welcome help in all areas of our program, such as serving on the Board of Directors, public relations, fund raising projects, social events, horse care, care of equipment, etc.. Volunteers experience the pride and joy of seeing riders of all ages move towards accomplishing personal goals and improving the quality of their lives. Volunteers are Dream Riders key element in making Dreams become Reality.
All volunteers must fill out a volunteer's registration & volunteer’s medical forms plus attend a volunteer certification class before being accepted into the Dream Riders program as a working volunteer.
Thanks to the Dyers for this wonderful program and making dreams come true. Below is my story as it happened to me.
There was a little girl (about 3 yrs old) that came to the program about a year after I started. Lenise could not walk at the time. Her goal was to be able to walk. We worked with her every week to strengthen her muscles to accomplish this goal. One day, she and her mother pulled up and I went to help her out of the car. Her mother made me stop and wait about 100 yards from the car. Lenise got out of the car with all smiles as usual and proceeded to walk towards me. So many emotions came over me at the time. It was the greatest feeling in the world. Later that year her family moved and she was not able to continue with the program. Last year, I was at the market with a friend and a lady came up to me and asked if I volunteered at Dream Riders. Over nine years had passed and I met up with this precious young lady again in life. She was as tall as me with the same beautiful smile. The same feelings came back to me as though I was seeing her walk for the first time again. It was amazing.” Patrice
“Dream Riders accommodates two passions that I have in life, the love of horses and the love for helping people. I have been involved in this program since 1998 and every experience is challenging in many different ways. I have met many new friends and hope to make more. This program has helped many people in their lives including myself. It is as much therapeutic for the volunteers as it is for the riders. I had to stop this program for a couple of years due to life’s little hurdles. I felt something was missing. in my life at the time. Being back at Dream Riders, I now know what was missing.
“Our mission is to provide an opportunity for people with special needs to benefit from equine assisted activities in a safe environment.”