VOLUNTEER

Cooper Gesswein at CATRA

ALL VOLUNTEER

CATRA is a working horse farm which is also home to a number of other animals including goats, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, and alpaca. The organization is 100% volunteer staffed.

ALL AGES

CATRA welcomes volunteers 13 to 17 years old with parent or guardian permission. Anyone under 13 may volunteer with a parent or guardian.

YEAR ROUND CARE

CATRA utilizes volunteers not only for assistance during therapeutic riding lessons but also in the care and feeding of the therapy animals as well as farm maintenance and repair.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Additionally, there are a variety of special projects and events that take place throughout the year. This means that while CATRA’s volunteer utilization may be at its highest when lessons are “in session” (3 trimesters per year), volunteers are needed everyday, year round. Many of our volunteers chose to help in a variety of ways.

EXPERIENCE

While we appreciate volunteers who bring horse-knowledge with them, no experience is required to volunteer at CATRA. However, if you’d like to learn more about horses and horsemanship we offer a wide variety of clinics and programs for volunteers and the general public.

GET STARTED

Volunteers at CATRA are always needed and you can get started just about anytime.  Take a moment to download and complete our Volunteer Application.  If you’re under 18, a parent or guardian must also sign the application.  Bring the application along on your first visit to CATRA.

While volunteers take care of nearly all aspects of the farm, probably the easiest way to get started is to come out and help with lessons.  You can view or download our lesson schedule.  And you can sign up online to assist with lessons.

MORE INFORMATION

If you’re not quite sure and would like more information about CATRA, you’re welcome to attend one of our volunteer orientation meetings.  You’ll learn more about the history of CATRA, the work we do, and the ways you can get involved.

GROUPS

CATRA also welcomes volunteer groups that are interested in lending a hand.