How to become a volunteer





Volunteer Opportunities



Volunteers are a very important part of our organization! They are just as important as the horses we utilize in lessons and we are always in need of volunteers. We currently have lessons Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We also need volunteers for the other events that we host. For more information regarding opportunities to volunteer please contact Penny Allen 217-232-0022 or Kim Dhom either by phone at 217-343-4625 (Text or call) or petcenter2007@yahoo.com. If you call please leave a message. Since we 100% volunteer operated we both have a full time job so may not be able to answer calls immediately.





Volunteer Roles



  • Sidewalkers: A person who walks beside the horse and offers stability to the rider as needed. This individual must be attentive to the rider and the instructor.
    • Qualifications:
    • -Commitment to attend class each week for the duration of a session
    • - Able to walk, and jog periodically, for up to an hour (indoors and outdoors) on uneven surfaces
    • -Able to hold your arm raised and out to the side for extended periods of time -Must have adequate vision and hearing to ensure the safety of horses and participants
    • - Able to work as part of a team and be flexible to changes
    • - Comfortable working with individuals with disabilities (including physical contact)
    • - Minimum age of fourteen years
    • - Horse experience not required but you will be within close proximity of horse

    • Horse Leader: A person who is responsible for leading the horse and/or assisting the rider in controlling the horse during class.
    • Qualifications:
    • - Horse experience
    • - volunteer should be knowledgeable and comfortable around a variety of horses and have experience working directly with horses.
    • - Able to walk, and jog periodically, for up to an hour (indoors and outdoors) on uneven surfaces
    • -Must have adequate vision and hearing to ensure the safety of horses and participants
    • - Able to work as part of a team and be flexible to changes
    • - Comfortable working with individuals with disabilities (including physical contact)
    • - Minimum age of fourteen years

    • General Volunteer: A person who is available during class to help with different tasks. The individual may fill in as a sidewalker as needed, help with the set up or removal of lesson material in the arena, and various of tasks that may be directed.

    • Special Events Volunteer: Assists with P.E.T. events. Events include, but are not limited to, the P.E.T. Golf Outing, P.E.T. Community Day, P.E.T. Olympics, day camps and various other events.