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Over 30,000 volunteer hours each year.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Equest offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. No prior horse experience is required! We will teach you everything you need to know at one of our volunteer training sessions.



Leaders and sidewalkers are needed for all of our classes. The leader's responsibility is the horse at all times.

The leader helps maintain the horse's pace, calmness, and focus while allowing the client to do as much as he or she is able. This role is perfect for those that are familiar with horses, or are interested in learning how to work with a horse.

The sidewalker's role is to help the client with balance and reinforce instructions in the lesson. The sidewalker's responsibility is the client: Interpreting instructions, providing physical support, offering encouragement, and supervising. This role is perfect for those that enjoy interacting with the client hands on.



Barn helpers are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness, orderliness, and function of the barn as well as individual horse stalls, paddocks, and arenas. Activities include mucking stalls, cleaning water buckets, feeding and haying the therapy horse herd, sweeping the barn aisles, cleaning out the cross ties and wash stalls, turning out and bringing in the horses from paddocks, and assisting the facilities manager with subsequent projects or tasks. This role is perfect for those with varying schedules, or prefer taking care of the horses.

  • Barn helpers are needed seven days a week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

  • Barn helpers do not need to schedule work hours, but are welcome to pop in when time permits.



We heavily rely on our team of volunteers to help with event preparation, execution, and break-down. Equest holds several major events each year including our Annual Gala in the spring, and the Equest Women's Auxiliary Luncheon & Style Show and Ridefest in the fall. This role is perfect for those with seasonal availability, or skills in event planning or fundraising.

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Administrative assistants are needed to help our program, volunteer, development, and finance departments at both locations. Tasks vary depending on the needs of our staff, but can include database entry, compiling mailing lists, preparing for events, researching recruiting events and grants, etc. If you have a particular skill that you are interested in donating, please contact Ellie Grant.

We are looking for skill-based volunteers in the following areas:

  • Database entry and maintenance - experience in Salesforce, Excel, or similar programs preferred, but not necessary

  • Volunteer recruitment - knowledge of Dallas and the surrounding areas is helpful; desire to actively seek out potential volunteers or partner organizations and companies in the area; experienced Equest volunteer comfortable speaking to potential volunteers at recruiting events



Do you have a knack for fixing things? We need you! We need those brave individuals willing to tackle electrical, plumbing, fence repairs, hammering, and everything else that goes along with running two state-of-the-art equine facilities. If we break it, and you can fix it, please let Facilities Manager Bobby Valdez know (214) 878-5529.

Dare, one of our mini ambassadors, and Randy Hurt at the Samuel Lynne Gallery for Equest's Gala Kick-off Party in January 2017.

Dare, one of our mini ambassadors, and Randy Hurt at the Samuel Lynne Gallery for Equest's Gala Kick-off Party in January 2017.


Perhaps you’ve seen them around. Our Mini Ambassadors are becoming well-known Equest celebs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As regulars on television and in news interviews, these friendly mini equines reach out to children and adults who might be intimidated by a large horse. The ultimate goal of the Equest Mini Ambassador Program is to help people of all ages learn about the unique healing bond between humans and horses. Our team of specially trained miniature therapy horses delivers the message of therapeutic horsemanship to people at locations that cannot accommodate a full-sized therapy horse, even indoors.

Our Mini Ambassadors Program is growing rapidly, and we need to add to our team of experienced mini handlers to keep up with the demand! 



We are proud to offer our volunteers the opportunity to partake in riding lessons each semester. For more information, please contact the registrar at

Riding levels: Greener Than Grass for beginners, Rusty But Ready for those comfortable at the walk, trot/jog, lope/canter, or Tally Ho Ho for those wanting to hone their skills.

How to become a volunteer

Equest at the Texas Horse Park

811 Pemberton Hill Road, Building 4

Dallas, Texas 75217


Prior to volunteer training, please watch the training video.

Express your interest

Questions? Contact Director of Volunteer Services Ellie Grant at or (972) 412-1099, ext. 211.

Submit your paperwork

Group Volunteer Opportunities

We can accomodate groups from two to 50 people



With over 40 acres of land, several barns, and multiple riding arenas, Equest engages work groups to help keep the facilities in top shape for our clients and horses while providing an excellent opportunity for groups to have a community day of service.

General Information

Can accommodate groups from two to 200 people, and even more on special occasions.

Geared toward adult volunteers; however, we can customize projects to accommodate students.

Companies should provide proof of liability insurance to prevent Equest from assuming additional insurance expense.

Equest will strive to align projects with group goals and preferences, to the best of its ability and needs.

If the work day includes lunch, food must be provided by the company/group. However, Equest can submit the food order, if needed.

Time Formats

Partial day 2-4 hours with no lunch break

Full day 6-8 hours with a lunch break

Multi-day events

Project examples include

Outdoor and Barn - Tree trimming, trail blazing, fence repair/installation, flower bed installation/maintenance, mowing, weed eating, mucking stalls, power spraying.

Indoor - Envelope addressing and stuffing, mailings, window cleaning, special event preparation and tear down.

One time projects - Painting, building small items such as jumps, sensory course elements, or trail course obstacles.

Special Events – Preparation, set-up and clean-up for Equest annual events.

To learn more about our group volunteer opportunities, please contact Ellie Grant at or (972) 412-1099, ext. 211.

Show your interest

Please complete the form below.

Name *
Phone *
What kinds of activities are you interested in? *
Who is coming? *
This information helps us plan activities for your group.
This is not at all required. Activities with a budget include building storage shed, loafing sheds, etc. Your group will receive a plaque acknowledging the donation.
Please include dates and times that work for your group.

Thank you to our volunteer department supporters!

Pia Ackerman
Barnes and Noble - Garland/Firewheel
Big Lots of Garland
Business Essentials Office Supplies
Carte Blanche Casino
Chiloso of Wylie
Crestline Co., Inc.
Cybernut Solutions
Susannah Denney
Domino’s Pizza - Dallas
Dover Saddlery - Dallas
Embassy Suites by Hilton - Park Central
Fields Engraving
Hobby Lobby of Garland

Home Depot of Wylie
JC Penny of Dallas
Jimmy John’s of Dallas
Lili Kellogg
La Quinta Inns & Suites
April Svrcek Lamarre
Jamie Riehl McLaughlin
Market Street of Allen
Movie Trading Company - Garland/Firewheel
Nothing Bundt Cakes of Murphy
Oriental Trading Company
Panera Bread Company of Mesquite
Papa Murphy’s of Wylie
Party City of Garland

QuickTrophy LLC
Raising Cane’s of Murphy
Rebel Rouser
Sam’s Club of Dallas
Sam’s Club of Garland
Susan Schwartz
Staples of Dallas
Starbucks of Wylie
Supreme Dream Photgraphy/Ken Wesley
TeamUp Inc.
Tom Thumb of Wylie
Trader Joe’s of Dallas
Walmart of Wylie


Ready to help?



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