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Our Volunteers

…you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.Friedrich Nietzsche

Our program could not survive without the dedicated volunteers who serve us.  Typically, our volunteers say they get so much more back from their commitment than that which they give.  Our volunteers come from all walks of life.  Some are area high school and college students, some parents of special needs children, and some are individuals who would someday like to be PATH Certified Instructors.  Volunteers complete a comprehensive training program.  Training includes horse handling and side-walker responsibilities, equine management, safety procedures, PATH standards, and ongoing education with monthly training and in-service programs. The center’s program is always looking for volunteers to help with the sessions we provide, and to help with fundraising drives and special events. If you are interested please contact us to arrange a visit to observe our program. Call 802-426-3781 or e-mail us at RhythmOfTheRein@aol.com.

Here’s just a sampling of our more active volunteers:

Dick Chase
Dick-ChaseDick Chase started as a rider in our Equine Services for Veterans Program. He became a volunteer, bought his first horse, Shiloh, and is now on our board of directors as well. He has graciously allowed Shiloh to become part of our program.
Nicole White
Nicole White is a student that started as a volunteer through a school program and is continuing through summer break. . She wants a career in an equine industry and this is giving her a wealth of experience in all aspects of horse careers and community service. Many of our volunteers come from local schools, extending up to Lyndon Institute.
Mary Cobb
Mary is one of Rhythm of the Rein’s board members, and also spends time summers and weekends volunteering for sessions. Mary was a french teacher. She’s a musician, and lover of animals. A horse owner herself, Mary’s talents are invaluable to our program.
Ernie
ernieErnie is a Marine Vietnam veteran and our go-to guy when providing services to service personnel and veterans thru our Horses for Heroes program. PATH’s model Horses for Heroes program cites the involvement of veterans in a center’s program as one of the key factors of success of the program. A veteran helps provide the unique personal perspective and support that civilians typically can’t contribute with the same degree of connection.
Sierra Bisson
Sierra and therapeutic driving horse Luna.