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Volunteers needed for fall therapeutic horseback classes

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Fall riding classes for people with special needs will open Sept. 17, and Southern STARRS seeks volunteers to help during classes.

STARRS provides therapeutic horseback riding to children with physical and mental disabilities or who are victims of a life-altering trauma such as a chronic illness or loss of a parent. 

STARRS also serves adults with physical or mental disabilities and its STARRS-4-STRIPES program serves veterans with disabilities. 

Volunteers are especially needed to work Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-11:30 a.m. Volunteers work from the ground so no horseback riding experience is required, however, applicants that have experience working with horses are welcome.   

Volunteers are required to: 

• be 14 years of age or older.

• be able to walk or do short jogs during a one-hour class.

• be able to lift at least 30 pounds.

• complete a volunteer registration by visiting southernstarrs.org.

Group volunteer orientations will be Saturdayfrom 9-11:30 a.m. with a barbecue lunch. Ongoing individual volunteer orientation is held as new volunteers apply. Student internships and service learning credit is available for high school and college students. Potential Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Scholar students who need community service hours are welcome to apply. 

STARRS opened its riding program in May 2000 and serves up to 30 students each week in regular classes, as well as special groups. The program is open to the Middle Tennessee region. 

For more information, call 615 428-3347, email southernstarrs00@gmail.com or visit southernstarrs.org.

 

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