Victory Gallop relies heavily on the support of its numerous volunteers
Volunteers spend quality time one on one with the riders as they assist them getting their horses ready, side walking and/or leading during the lessons. The relationship that can develop between a rider and their volunteer can be very special.
There are many jobs that need to be done around the farm in order to keep things running. Volunteers are used to help maintain the grounds, clean the barn and help with other farm related chores. Volunteers are also used in the office during fundraisers to help with mailings and other related special event needs.
Victory Gallop volunteers need to fill out a packet before volunteering and will receive a handbook with general information about the farm and what is excepted of them as a volunteer. At the beginning of each session a volunteer training course is offered. A mentoring program is also used to help new volunteers learn the ropes around the farm. Volunteers need to be 13 years old. However, children younger than 14 who have strong horsemanship backgrounds are considered. It is preferred that a volunteer commits to a 12 week session. This allows the volunteer to develop a relationship with a rider. If a volunteer is unable to commit to 12 weeks, they are welcome to volunteer but may not be given the opportunity to work directly with the riders.
"Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless."