No Equestrian Experience Required to Assist Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

The Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department and Lord Stirling Stable are seeking volunteers to assist with the T.R.A.I.L.S (Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Instruction at Lord Stirling) program on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings beginning September 12 and 13. Two class options are available each evening from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. and from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

T.R.A.I.L.S. takes place at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge, and provides an opportunity for children and adults with developmental disabilities to learn the basics of horseback riding at a level adapted to their individual needs. 

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The T.R.A.I.L.S. program consists of 10 weekly riding lessons.  Volunteers are free to choose either one or both sessions and will receive training/orientation prior to the start of the program. 

Volunteers need not have equestrian experience but must be age 18 or older (17 year olds will be considered if they have previous experience with horses) and should have a desire to help individuals enjoy a recreational activity that they otherwise would have no opportunity to experience. 

Volunteer will serve either as a ‘side walker’ providing support, balance, and reinforcement of instruction or a ‘lead walker. The success of the program is due in large part to the volunteers, working with trained staff, to support each of the students.

Individuals interested in volunteering may call the Therapeutic Recreation Department at 908-526-5650 or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment. Information is also available at www.somersetcountyparks.org.