GET INVOLVED

M.A.R.E. is a non-profit organization that serves over 50 riders each week and has 11 horses that require daily care.  This can be difficult to manage with a small staff.  Therefore, many of the daily needs for our riders’ lessons and horse care are provided by a committed group of volunteers who donate time to sidewalk, lead horses, clean stalls, and assist with facility care and maintenance tasks.  You do not need to have horse experience; we will train you.

M.A.R.E. welcomes those who are interested in donating their time on a consistent basis.  We understand that your life is busy and that it can be difficult to give time on a consistent basis, but that is precisely what M.A.R.E. needs!  As you assist the riders, they get to know YOU and look forward to seeing YOU and having YOU work with them.

If you are, or know someone who is, interested in volunteering, please call us at 661.589.1877 or email volunteer@MAREridingcenter.com to have your questions answered.

 

MARE is currently looking for volunteers for the fall session, Sept 9th through December 19th.  We are looking for those who can commit to a consistent weekly (or every-other-week) schedule Monday thru Friday, for a couple of hours between 8:30 and noon or 2:00pm-5:30pm.

 

The next trainings are scheduled for Saturdays beginning at 9:00 am to 11:00ish am: 

  • Nov 9th- Full 

  • Dec 14th- Call the office to reserve your place! 

Volunteer

How to Become a Volunteer:

    • Read this Volunteer Page in full.

    • Download and complete the Volunteer Application at the link below.  Volunteers are accepted year-round.

    • Call M.A.R.E. at 661.589.1877 to schedule your place for Volunteer Training.

    • Come to Volunteer Training; bring your completed Application.  You will watch videos about equine-assisted therapies, tour the facility, and be trained in stall cleaning, safety protocols, and sidewalking.  (Allow 2+ hours and wear appropriate shoes and clothes that can get dirty.)

    • Sign up and get started!

Qualifications:

    • Be a minimum of 14 years old.

    • Must like children, horses, and all things associated with the outdoors.

    • Be able to tolerate temperatures ranging from 30 to 108 degrees F.

    • Be physically able to sweep, pick up manure, & lift up to 30 lbs. 

    • Be physically able to maintain a steady walk for 30 minutes while walking alongside a horse in sandy footing.

    • Be willing to learn and follow M.A.R.E. procedures and safety protocols.

    • Be able to accept constructive feedback.

    • Be able to follow directions and act as a silent (most of the time) helper.

    • Possess the ability to remain calm in an emergency.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Arrive when scheduled or notify the M.A.R.E. staff by phone, 661.589.1877, or reply to the reminder email to, volunteer@MAREridingcenter.com, if you are unable to work your scheduled shift.

  • Come appropriately dressed and be prepared to perform a variety of tasks which could include: cleaning stalls, arena set up or take down, horse grooming, sidewalking, cleaning offices, cleaning tack, gardening, washing brushes and buckets, sweeping, watering, dusting . . .

Dress Code:

  • Appropriate clothing: nothing revealing or low cut, no low-cut tank tops or tops with spaghetti straps.

  • Long pants, jeans, or riding breeches are best.  No sagging pants; no ripped or torn jeans.

  • Shorts may be worn in the summer but must be modest.

  • Dangle earrings, other jewelry and scarves are worn at your own risk.  

  • Long hair is recommended to be pulled back or up.

  • Closed-toed shoes that do not flop are required.  Boots or shoes with socks that cover your ankles are preferred.

  • Hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses are recommended.

  • NO cell phones while volunteering.  We have a place for you to keep your phones and keys.

Volunteer of the Year

VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR

by DebbyKate Kroeger

M.A.R.E. is pleased to recognize Alex Villalon and Peter Villalon as our Volunteers of the Year.

 

The have been regular volunteers for four years.  They have mucked stalls in the summer heat with dirt and flies and in the winter in cold, rain and mud.  Their horse skills have grown through the years; they have become sidewalkers and horse leaders.  They have donated from their own funds during the Ride-a-thon fundraisers.  They have been here to set-up for, help with, and/or clean up after special events.

 

They have maintained a commitment to serve and a dedication to the horses, riders and M.A.R.E. program.  We are thankful and grateful for all they have done.  It has been a pleasure to watch them grow (literally)!!  

 

Congratulations Alex & Peter.  We appreciate all that you do for us!

 

Application

Click “2019 Volunteer App” link below (yes, this version is still current), print, complete, and bring it when you come for training.  If you are under 18 years old complete pages 1 & 2, then have a parent read and sign-off on pages 3 & 4, the liability and release portions of the application.  

2019_Volunteer App

© 2018 MARE Riding Center. 

​​Call us:

1-661-589-1877

​Mailing address:

P.O. Box 21916,

Bakersfield CA 93390

501(c)3 Nonprofit 

Tax ID#  77- 0297678

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