Volunteer opportunities

*Thank you for your interest! Our volunteer spots are currently full. Please fill out an application and we will contact you when we have openings and host a training.*

Each week, Heartland benefits from the generosity of over 150 volunteers. Without the collective dedication of our volunteers, Heartland simply wouldn’t exist! Our volunteer team includes students 14 years old to retirees – who come together to share their skills, talents and energy for the common purpose to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.


  • Volunteers must be 14 years of age.
  • Be able to lift 25 pounds.
  • Be able to walk and jog periodically on uneven ground during a one hour class.
  • Must have adequate vision and hearing to assist rider.
  • Horse experience is helpful, but not required.
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities is helpful, but not required.
  • Attendance at an orientation an training prior to participating.

Volunteer positions


Sidewalkers support the rider by walking beside the horse and offering assistance and/or stability to the rider according to the instructor’s directions. As a sidewalker, you observe and interact with the rider and serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the instructor. You are paramount in keeping riders safe and engaged in the lesson.

Horse Leader

A leader is connected to and helps control the horse and/or assists the rider in controlling the horse during class. The leader is focused on the horse to ensure the safety of the rider. This volunteer needs to have experience handling horses and must attend our Leader Training class.

Class Assistant

Prepares horses for classes and assists with the general care of our horses. This role includes grooming, tacking, and leading horses and may require substituting for a leader or sidewalker. This volunteer needs to have experience handling horses and must attend our Barn Training class.

Barn Assistant

Barn assistants help to clean stalls, fill water buckets, sweep floors, set the arena and get HTR ready for the day. These volunteers must be ready to work hard and get dirty!

Group Projects

We welcome individual or group service projects at Heartland. We will work with you to tailor a project to fit your skills, talent and time frame. Service projects can be wonderful team building project for scouts, 4-H groups, schools, employee groups, civic clubs, sororities/fraternities, and churches. Please note that volunteers must be 14 years of age.

If you are unfamiliar with our program, please contact us at info@HTRkc.org to schedule a tour. This will give you an opportunity to get to know us and get a sense of what it’s like to volunteer at Heartland. Once you’ve decided you’d like to volunteer, please complete a volunteer application. When a a training becomes available, you will be contacted via email to enroll.


Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Fundraising Team: If you’re a go-getter and love to talk with people, you’d be great at helping us get auction items and sponsors for our annual fundraiser, Tux ‘n’ Boots.  Or we’d love your help gathering Scholarship Fund support and Horse Sponsors.