Equus is always in need of responsible volunteers. Would you like to:
- Lead horses or sidewalk in lessons?
- Groom and tack horses for lessons or special events?
- Clean tack, wash saddle pads?
- Organize files?
- Help us raise funds?
If so, please contact our program director at
(413) 841-2709, or by e-mail.
Volunteers are welcome at Equus whether or not they have prior horse experience. Volunteering with us is a great way to learn new skills, get exercise, meet people, and have fun--all while helping both the special riders and the horses.
Although volunteers perform a wide range of activities for the program, most find that the heart and soul of vounteering is in working directly with the horses and riders.
Some details for potential volunteers:
The usual minimum age for volunteering in lessons is 14; exceptions may be made for younger people who demonstrate enthusiasm and dependability. There is no upper age limit for volunteers.
The main physical requirement is the ability to walk at a steady pace for a minimum of 45 minutes. Most volunteers are also able to keep up with a horse going at a slow to medium trot.
High school students with community service requirements are welcome at Equus, as are college students who qualify for work/study.
Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to make Equus Therapeutic, Inc., a viable program for riders with special needs.
Two ways you can help:
1. Sponsor a rider.
"Walk" Level: $25 (sponsors one Equus rider for one week).
"Trot" Level: $200 (sponsors one Equus rider for eight weeks).
"Canter" Level: $1,300 (sponsors one Equus rider for one year).
2. Sponsor a horse.
"Bronze" Level: $500 (sponsors one Equus horse for one month).
"Silver" Level: $3,000 (sponsors one Equus horse for six months).
"Gold" Level: $6,000 (sponsors one Equus horse for one year).
Please e-mail or call us at (413)841-2709 for more details. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
The following are some specific items we need for the Equus program:
- Paddock boots and breeches (used or new), and helmets (new).
- Fly spray.
- A freestanding saddle stand.
- Bath towels or hand towels.
- Printer paper, envelopes, stamps.
- Other tack & equipment (call for specifics).
Thank You--Thank You--Thank You
To our volunteers: Eileen Bote, Katya Bowen, Laurie Boyer, Sara Brennan, Dianna Brooks, Janet Bryan, Teddy Carter, Anne Clark, Becky Cook, Lucy Czaja, Zan Davies, Katie Davis, Emma Demaistre, Jen Dewey, Megan Doerle, Marc Dunn, Caitlyn Durant, Emily Durant, Briell Dzierga, Beth Everett, Zoe Everett, Courtney Foucher, Charlene Gennari, Carrie Girard, Kristin Giulino, Matt Hayden, Nancy Hayden, Becca Hoynoski, Sam Jones, Jeremy Latson, Ashanna LeGeyt, Emily LeGeyt, Geraldine McQuoid, Tom Molloy, Gwen Moore, Kellie O'Hagerty-Duffy, Mark Paquette, Shirley Pecon, Tracie Peddy, Kayla Pierce, Amber Rieger, Kelly Rooney, Carol Stein-Payne, Steven Wall, Rosie Walter.
To our work/study students from Berkshire Community College: Christine Borrero and Jody Miner.
To our grant providers: Berkshire Life Foundation; Berkshire Taconic Foundation; Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire (a local agency which is supported by the Massachussets Cultural Council, a state agency); Equus Foundation; First Congregational Church of Williamstown; J. C. Earle Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation; Williamstown Community Chest.
To our local business/organization donors: Adams Community Bank, Adams Plumbing and Heating, Adams Police Association, Adams Specialty & Printing, Berkshire Carousel, the Clip Shop, Country Tack, Desperados, Dilego Jewelry Store, Emerald Glen Equestrian Center, Greylock Community Club, Greylock Physical Therapy, H. A. George and Sons Fuel Corp., Hoosac Bank, Jewish Community Foundation, Lewis's Service Center/Harry's Auto Sales, Minerals Technologies, O'Connell Oil Associates, Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital, Whitman's Crystal Clean.
To our individual donors: Linda and Herman Belanger, Wilfred and Beth Bourdon, Linda Caine, Andrew and Anne Crider, Christopher Aiken Davies, Michael J. Davies, Patricia Ann Davies, Thompson and Karen Davies, Virginia and Gilbert Duvall, Michael Fabrizio, Ron and Nancy Hayden, Lisa and Raymond Hiley, Frances Holbrook, James and Joan Hunter, T. Kirby, Harry Lewis, Dola Lipinski, Martha Marvin, Laura Misek, JoAnn Oberbeck, William Bo Peabody, Steve Renard, Gordon and Brenda Reynolds, Anthony J. Siracusa, Anna-Marie Southard, Gwen and Richard Steege, Jo'Nita and Peter Thulin.