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Wish Upon a Horse, Inc.
and send to
Wish Upon a Horse
190 Greenwood Drive
Hilton Head, SC 29928


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Volunteer Program

Thank you to our volunteers! You make it possible! 

Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities at Wish Upon a Horse Therapeutic Riding Center! We are always excited to welcome new volunteers to help with our programs and there are plenty of ways in which you can be involved.  No horse experience required! 

Board of Directors and Special Committee members are made up entirely of volunteers who support our programs and plan for its growth as well as organizing fund-raising.

Lesson Volunteers work with instructors and students in mounted and un-mounted activities, including arena lessons, ground lessons, helping students learn about horse care and participate in crafts and other educational activities.

Maintenance Volunteers help keep our facility running smoothly and looking good by assisting with cleaning, fence-mending, moving hay, light carpentry and other jobs necessary for the running of the farm.

Office Volunteers help with all types of projects, such as sorting and stapling, making phone calls, addressing envelopes, filing and more.

Special Event Volunteers help plan our fundraising events or work as volunteers on the day of the event.

Volunteering at WUAH is a fun, fullfilling, social activity.  In order to be a part of our program we require that you be at least 14 years old, complete a volunteer application, and attend an annual training session.  That's it!

Volunteer Positions

In order to serve our 50+ weekly students, WUAH needs a team of dedicated volunteers.  Many students in our lesson program require between two and three volunteers each in order to assist them during their lessons.  We also need help with administrative work and fundraising for those who don’t wish to be in the barn.  Please look over this list and see which volunteer duties strike your fancy and then give us a call!

1. Horse Leader – The horse leader’s job is to focus on leading and controlling the horse in the lesson.  The Leader must also be aware of the rider, instructor, side-walkers, and any potential hazards in and around the arena.  Horse leaders help prepare the horse for the lesson and also report any horse related problems to the instructor.

2. Sidewalker – The sidewalker’s job is to focus on the rider, listening to the instructor, relaying and interpreting commands to the rider and other support team members as necessary, while ensuring the overall safety of rider during mounting and lesson.  A rider usually requires two sidewalkers.

3. Volunteer Coordinator - The VC will ensure that enough volunteers are scheduled to cover lessons for each week, will contact volunteers as necessary by phone or email to ensure that lessons are appropriately staffed, and will be responsible for helping to plan volunteer training sessions and will participate in the training of the volunteers.

4. Daily Barn Manager – The Daily Barn Manager is responsible for all Horse Lead activities, ensures that horses are ready for each lesson with the appropriate equipment, and ensures that horses are returned to the proper barn after un-tacking.  

5. Ground Lesson Manager – The Ground Lesson Manager will help plan and run the ground lessons offered throughout the riding sessions for the school groups.  They must prepare the lessons prior to the start of the session.  Lessons should consist of multiple horse care and horse management activities.  

6. Fundraising – Fundraising events are held throughout the year.  Volunteers are needed to help advertise, solicit auction items, and work the events.  

7. Community Outreach and Marketing – Wish Upon a Horse always needs help letting the community know who we are and what we offer.  Volunteers are needed to help us let them know. 


Application Process

Our staff is happy to meet with you to ascertain in which areas you are interested in serving.  Once you have decided how you would like to help, just complete the volunteer application and submit it to us. Please download the forms from the links under the “Volunteer Forms” section located on the right hand column of this page.  Read through the Volunteer Policy and Procedures Manual and then complete all the volunteer forms and return them to the office, either by post or in person.  You may also scan them and email them to us at

We look forward to seeing you around the barn!