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Volunteer: Helping Horses and Horse People

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    Volunteering at the Kentucky Horse Park

    Volunteers are regularly needed to assist KHP staff on a daily basis and are vitally important when the park plays host to world-class events like the World Equestrian Games, Rolex- Kentucky Three-Day-Event, special presentations, and major museum exhibitions.

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    Volunteers Welcome in Horse Industry

    Equine-oriented organizations rely on hands-on help from volunteers to make it through each day. Here are organizations where you can make a contribution to the equestrian community as a volunteer. Written by Eliza McGraw and Laurie Bonner for EQUUS magazine.

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    Learn the Pony Club Way

    The ideal of Pony Club is a happy, comfortable child on a happy, comfortable horse. The organization's mission statement also targets "responsibility, moral judgment, leadership, and self-confidence" as qualities to be developed in members.

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Video: How to Change a Life

The Flag Foundation for horse/human partnership re-purposes race horses as teachers in the emerging field of equine-guided education. ... MORE
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Retrained Thoroughbreds Help Autistic, Disabled Kids

Joell Dunlap's Square Peg Foundation enables horse and rider teams to help one another in critical, life affirming ways. ... MORE
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Never Too Young to Make a Difference

Thirteen-year-old Lacey Jo Edge helps with the Unwanted Horse Coalition and Operation Gelding. ... MORE
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The EQUUS Foundation

The EQUUS Foundation was established in August 2002 as an IRS tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) charity to raise public awareness of the value of horses in our everyday lives through education and grant awards. ... MORE
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Volunteering at the Kentucky Horse Park

Volunteers are regularly needed to assist KHP staff on a daily basis and are vitally important when the park plays host to world-class events like the World Equestrian Games, Rolex- Kentucky Three-Day-Event, special presentations, and major museum exhibitions. ... MORE
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Volunteer Opportunities in Equine Organizations

Do you have the time, energy, and desire to work with horses? Here is a list of equine organizations which have opportunities for volunteering: ... MORE
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Creating Sustainable Trails for Equestrian Use

A trail built with an eye towards environmental and social sustainability can allow riders to explore beautiful landscapes with minimal impact. ... MORE
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Starting a Youth Horse Club

So you have a group of horse loving kids and they want to start a club. Now what? Here are some basics for starting a new youth horse club and information on where to go to get more details. ... MORE
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Pony Club Links

Here are links to a selection of Pony Clubs around the world. ... MORE
Pony Club Horsemasters' Program for Adult Volunteers

So You Want to Volunteer at a Horse Organization?

Helping horses and people in need can be a rewarding experience, but consider what it will take before you commit to volunteering at a horse organization. ... MORE
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Therapeutic Riding Links

Here is a selection of Therapeutic Riding Centers and Organizations. ... MORE
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Body and Spirit: For Special Riders Only

Body and Spirit, based at McFadden Ranch in Greybull, WY, is a therapeutic riding program for the mentally and/or physically challenged. By Janet Franson ... MORE
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How to Negotiate with Residential Developers

From a major residential developer, tips on how advocates for equestrian and horse trail access can work with developers to preserve trail access. ... MORE
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Scribing for a Dressage Judge

Thinking Horseman columnist Kip Goldreyer explains why the delights of scribing for a dressage judge outweigh the difficulties. ... MORE
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Retired Horses Find Green Pastures

For many horse owners the decision to retire a beloved companion is a difficult one. Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines provides a caring home for retired horses and peace of mind for their owners. ... MORE
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Volunteers Welcome in Horse Industry

Equine-oriented organizations rely on hands-on help from volunteers to make it through each day. Here are organizations where you can make a contribution to the equestrian community as a volunteer. Written by Eliza McGraw and Laurie Bonner for EQUUS magazine. ... MORE
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Posse Power: Volunteer Mounted Patrols

A volunteer mounted unit in Ohio has learned how to have fun with other horse people, build skills and help keep public areas safe while riding the trails – even if you don’t have your own horse. ... MORE
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The Pony Club Way

The group formally known as the United States Pony Clubs was founded in 1954, modeled on (but independent from) the British Pony Club. The latter group originated in 1928, when members of the British Horse Society started a group for children. (The word "pony" in the name refers to the age of the members, not to the size of horses they ride.) ... MORE
Learn the Pony Club Way

Learn the Pony Club Way

The ideal of Pony Club is a happy, comfortable child on a happy, comfortable horse. The organization's mission statement also targets "responsibility, moral judgment, leadership, and self-confidence" as qualities to be developed in members. ... MORE