Equest offers many volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. If you're interested in volunteering in our weekly classes, you're in the right place! All incoming volunteers are required to attend one volunteer training session.
No prior horse experience? No problem! We'll teach you everything you need to know!
UPCOMING TRAINING DATES
All training sessions take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Equest at the Texas Horse Park located at 811 Pemberton Hill Road, Building 4, Dallas, Texas 75217.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 - FULL
*additional make-up trainings available throughout the Fall upon request
Parking: Please park only in the Equest parking areas - not the first "lot". You can park in the mid-level and lower-level areas closest to building 4 or in the parking spots past the upper-level by the trees that overlook Equest's arena and barns (buildings 5-7). See map below ("E" = Equest building and yellow = Equest parking).
REGISTER FOR TRAINING
To RSVP for volunteer training, please contact Director of Volunteer Services Ellie Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (972) 412-1099, ext. 211.
Let Ellie know which training session you would like to attend, or if you need a make-up training. Walk-ins are also welcome to attend training.
You must be 14 or older to participate in classes.
If you are 12 or 13, you can work in the barn, but you must have a parent or guardian volunteer with you at first. You are not required, but it is encouraged that you attend training. Both you and your parent or guardian must complete applications, and call to schedule a brief orientation and volunteer times.
If you are 13 and very horse-experienced, you may be able to volunteer on your own as a Program Volunteer with a written letter of recommendation from your trainer or barn manager.
The background check fee is required for all incoming volunteers with the exception of Junior League of Dallas volunteers (your dues cover this). If you are unable to pay the fee, please speak with Ellie.
Please review the dress code on page 17 of your Volunteer Handbook. Closed-toe shoes and modest dress is required. Be cognizant of the weather and dress appropriately.
Volunteer training happens rain or shine since we have a covered arena. If we do have to cancel training, we will notify you via email, social media, and the Equest website. Just in case, we recommend that you check our website and social media prior to training to verify that we are still on.
Our primary form of communication is email and social media. If a month goes by and you do not receive a volunteer-specific email from us, please notify Alyssa (email@example.com) to ensure that you are on the correct email list.
Please note that volunteering in class is a physical task. Know your physical activity limits and take care of yourself - especially in the summer.
Complete the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION and CLASS REGISTRATION FORM. Forms are available online or can be printed then scanned or mailed to Ellie Grant.
1). COMPLETE PAPERWORK
2). COMPLETE COVID WAIVERS
Review and complete the COVID PROTOCOL and COVID WAIVER forms. Completed forms can be sent to Ellie Grant.
All volunteers are REQUIRED to attend one training session prior to volunteering in classes. Make-up training sessions can be arranged by contacting Ellie.
4). REGISTER FOR TRAINING
3). PAY BACKGROUND CHECK FEE
There is a $10 fee for each incoming volunteer due prior to or at training. The fee covers your background check, and food and beverage at training.
5). REVIEW HANDBOOK & VIDEO
Prior to training, we recommend that you read the volunteer handbook and watch the training video.