Our Volunteers

Our work at Hutt Valley RDA is almost entirely undertaken by our enthusiastic and committed volunteers. We work as a team to understand the needs of our riders, look after our horses, manage the daily rides and help with the administration. So volunteers can be involved in a number of different activities to support our programme, according to their interests and expertise.

Some of the duties of a volunteer at Hutt Valley RDA are:

  • Preparing horses prior to the riders’ arrival
  • Leading horses during riding sessions
  • Sidewalking – assisting rider during session
  • Helping with unmounted activities
  • Assisting with games and equipment for sessions
  • Fitting helmets and checking riders’ clothing
  • Maintaining paddocks and equipment
  • Keeping paperwork for rides


Join us – become part of something special

Volunteering for Hutt Valley RDA is fun and rewarding. You will have the opportunity to work with horses, you will learn new skills and enjoy the companionship of a great team of volunteers. Above all you will have the satisfaction of helping our riders in so many ways.

Experience with horses is not necessary and every volunteer will be given regular training.

Please have a look at the two videos below to see what is required of a leader and a sidewalker.

Sidewalker Video

Leading Video

If you would like to become part of our team please telephone or email to arrange to come to visit us and see our programme in action

Our contact details are:


04 527 8360

We operate during school term time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8.30 am and 12.00

As a volunteer, you will be required to sign a Volunteer Contract this will include a Consent to Disclosure of Information Form (Police Check Form).

To view the above forms, please click on the below links:

Police Vetting Form

Volunteer Contract

For more information you could have a look at the full Volunteer Handbook below.

Volunteer Handbook

 Volunteer Newsletters

3rd Term Newsletter 2016

4th Term Newsletter 2016