Emerald Hollow

Emerald Hollow Volunteer Application

Thank you for wanting to join our team! Please fill out the application info in full. After you fill out the application, please email Nicole at nicolesheridan@emeraldhollow.org to sign up for one of our Horse Leader (Horse experience necessary), Side Walker (No horse experience necessary) or Barn Helper trainings. Emerald Hollow TRC will not share your information; all information is kept confidential.

Basic Info

First, let's get your basic info. We use Wranglr for helping to schedule our volunteers. Please enter your name, email and mobile number. This info will be used to communicate openings, your schedule and important info from Emerald Hollow. Make sure you have access to both the email account and the mobile for texts.

Photo & Publicity Release

I HEREBY consent and authorize / I DO NOT consent to, nor do I authorize Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. to use my or my child’s photograph or image in its print, online, and video publications; and release Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., its employees and any outside third parties from all liabilities or claims that I might assert in connection with the above-described activities; and waive any right to inspect, approve or receive compensation for any materials or communications, including photographs, videotapes, DVDs, website images or written materials, incorporating photos/images of me or my child.

Additional Info

Why do we need this info? Some volunteering roles and duties might require you to work with larger horses, carry heavier things, etc. We also work with Participants that have many different needs and the below information helps us make more informed decisions for our Participants and Volunteers. Please fill out whatever info you are comfortable sharing with us.

Contact Info

Emergency Contact

Experience and Health Info

Medical Waiver

CONSENT FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT: In the event of an emergency, if medical aid/treatment is required due to illness or injury while volunteering with, or while being on the property of, Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. (“EHTRC”), a Massachusetts non-profit corporation, I authorize EHTRC to secure and retain medical treatment and/or transportation if needed. This authorization includes any treatment deemed necessary by a treating health care professional and includes, but is not limited to, x-ray, surgery, hospitalization, and medication. In addition, I authorize HRTRC to release my/my child/my ward’s records to any individual involved in medical treatment and/or necessary transportation.


Volunteers are the heart and soul of our programs and critical to the success of our mission. Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center is able to provide its nationally accredited, therapeutic programs because of the donations of time and talent of specially trained community volunteers. There are a wide variety of volunteer jobs available at Emerald Hollow, the most important being the "sidewalker," " horse leader" and "barn crew" positions that support our participants in their lessons. SIDEWALKER: Works with our participants in the arena. A Sidewalker’s job is to empower the participant in all phases of the lesson. Sidewalkers interact with and guide the client, and also serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the instructor. Sidewalkers are responsible for the participant’s safety, comfort, learning, and interaction with the horse. HORSE LEADER: Works with the horse during the lesson. A Leader’s job is to retrieve the horse from the paddock, bring the horse into the barn before the lesson, help with grooming and tacking, and handle the horse during all phases of the lesson. Leaders are primarily responsible for addressing the comfort and safety of the horse, and will interact with and observe the horse at all times to ensure the safety of the participant. BARN CREW: Help keep the barn clean, safe and operating smoothly during program hours. Tasks include cleaning stalls, sweeping, dumping water buckets, and cleaning tack.
Reason for volunteering
How did you hear about volunteering with us?
What type of Volunteering Interests you?
Do you have any special skills or training?

Important Information and Acceptances

General Liability Release

I would like to volunteer at Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. I acknowledge the risks and potential for risks of horseback riding and related equine activities, including grievous bodily harm. However, I feel that the possible benefits to myself/my child/my ward are greater than the risk assumed. I hereby, intending to be legally bound for myself, my heirs and assigns, executors, and administrators, waive and release forever all claims for damages against Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., its Board of Directors, Instructors, Therapists, Aides, Volunteers, and/or Employees for any and all injuries and/or losses I/my child/my ward may sustain while volunteering from whatever cause including but not limited to the negligence of these released parties. The undersigned acknowledges that he/she has read this Registration and Release Form in its entirety; that he/she understands the terms of this release and has signed this release voluntarily and with full knowledge of the effects thereof.


At Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., we place great importance on protecting the confidential information of our clients, our staff, and our volunteers. “Confidential Information” includes, but is not limited to, personally identifiable information such as surnames, telephone numbers, addresses, e-mails, etc., as well as the non- public business records of Emerald Hollow. In particular, medical information about clients, and information about their disabilities or special needs, must be protected as Confidential Information. Volunteers shall never disclose Confidential Information to anyone other than Emerald Hollow Staff. Volunteers must seek staff permission before taking any pictures or videos. I have read and understand the Emerald Hollow Confidentiality Policy and agree to abide by same.
*No experience is necessary to begin helping as a lesson volunteer at Emerald Hollow TRC. We provide all the training necessary for you to be successful at the barn. Volunteers who wish to become leaders must show competency in handling equines and must participate in a specialized horse leader training.