Just for Volunteers

“People who volunteer actually end up feeling richer – as if they had more money in their pocket.  And studies show that life expectancy gets longer if you volunteer.”  From Your Life Calling by Jane Pauley

The Therapeutic Equestrian Center engages the power of horses to challenge people with special needs to build stronger bodies, minds, and spirits.

Volunteers ... Click here to read the weekly Announcements during our riding sessions.

TEC launched a newly designed rider/volunteer program just for our heroes in the fall of 2016 ...

Click here for more details.

Volunteer Training/Orientation Dates

Please note that all Volunteer Training workshops are held at the TEC Barn in Watervliet, unless otherwise stated.  The trainings take place in two parts:
  • Part I
    • Introductions
    • Overview of TEC
    • Things to Know
    • Working with our riders
    • Q&A
  • Part II
    • Hands-on training
    • Q&A
Spring Training

Part I - April 11, 2017 -- 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Part II - April 12, 2017 -- 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Summer Training

Part I - June 13, 2017 -- 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Part II - June 14, 2017 -- 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Late Summer Training

Part I - August 29, 2017 -- 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Part II - August 30, 2017 -- 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


We have a wide variety of volunteer options and opportunities from which to choose. You may be interested in helping riders with special needs in our therapeutic riding program. Perhaps you prefer facility maintenance and ground work. Another choice could be working with horse care and exercising. Office and administration help is also needed. Some volunteers choose all of the above! Whatever your interest, we welcome your involvement and invite you to find your niche in our volunteer family.

We offer a great deal to our southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana community. Our first rate instructors are accredited with PATH (the global authority, resource and advocate for equine assister activities and therapies) and our enthusiastic staff is well trained.

Research has shown that equine assisted therapeutic activities have a positive impact on people of all ages with a variety of conditions. Interaction with horses can improve physical, cognitive and mental health for those with special needs, improved balance, strength and a higher self-confidence, and a sense of accomplishment and emotional well-being are some of the documented results. The benefits for volunteers may not be as well documented, but are very real, the experience personally rewarding and meaningful.

TEC is located at Stockbridge Equestrian Center, located at 615 N. M-140, Watervliet, Michigan 49098. Our mailing address is: Therapeutic Equestrian Center, P.O. Box 1250, Niles, Michigan 49120. 

We look forward to welcoming new volunteers at TEC. Be sure to call us at (269) 429-0671 as soon as possible for information and to be included in the next orientation. All applications and the handbook are conveniently available for downloading and printing directly from our Web site. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter

Come and make some new friends at TEC! We look forward to working together with you!


Therapeutic Equestrian Center volunteers include accredited riding instructors, medical specialists and advisers. Just as vital to our success are corporate executives, teachers, teens, adults of all ages and vocations. Not everyone is skilled with horses, but each individual contributes his or her personal skills, talents, and ideas. Here are ways that YOU can be involved:

  • Lessons:  Sidewalkers, Horse Leaders and Ring Assistants
  • Horse Exerciser
  • Stable and Grounds Work
  • Support our Fundraising and Special Events
  • Donate your Time, Money and Talents
  • Share our Dream by Developing Community Awareness for TEC
Without Volunteers, We Don't Ride!

Volunteers provide the caring touch that promotes excellence of service to riders, families and caregivers, our equine partners and the community. 

To join the TEC Family, please call (269) 429-0671 or e-mail volunteer@tecfarm.org. You may also click here to speak directly with our TEC Volunteer Coordinator.  We will send you information about volunteering at TEC and schedule you for a Volunteer Training workshop.


Weather Cancellation Policy

Summer/Heat Index

Riding lessons are cancelled if the heat index reaches 89 degrees or higher.  

Winter/Wind Chill

Riding lessons are cancelled if the temperature reaches 15 degrees or colder, and/or if the wind chill is 0 or colder.  Road conditions are also taken into consideration.

When sessions are cancelled due to weather, we will attempt to notify everyone 2 hours before the lesson.  We will also post the information on WNDU TV Channel 16.  Riders will be credited a class for another session up to a year.  The same policy applies if 2 classes are cancelled in the same session.  If more than 2 classes are cancelled in a session the third can be credited or a refund for the third class can be issued.  It is up to the rider to inform TEC what they wish to do.