Volunteer Training & Workshops

Please join us in becoming a class volunteer!  Whether you are an enthusiast with many years of horse experience, or this is your first time working with horses, your time with us is invaluable and appreciated!

Volunteers can be involved in our classes as either Horse Handlers or Side Walkers. Volunteer training for these roles is to ensure that everyone working with our horses and clients knows and consistently uses proper techniques.  This attention to quality and consistency allows us to run safe programs and maintain the high standards we strive for as a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.

Smiles Superstar Show 2014-10

2022 Class Session Schedule

Winter Session:  January 3 - March 5

Spring Session:  April 4 - June 4

Summer Session:  June 27 - August 27

Fall Session:  September 26 - November 26

When is the next Volunteer Training?

Julie Longenecker and Monica Uselding

We hold many of our volunteer training classes in a group setting while we are on break from our sessions, during the months of March, June, September, and December.  This allows volunteers to start at the beginning of a session.  Seasoned volunteers are also welcome to attend to brush up on their skills!


Our next training opportunities are for volunteers who are interested in volunteering for the 2022 Fall Session.


Saturday, September 10, 2022: 9am-12pm

Monday, September 12:  5pm-8pm

If interested in attending training, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information!

Online Volunteer Training

We have created several online training modules that are designed to be done before you begin volunteering in classes.  Each module will take about 10 minutes to complete, and include a short quiz at the end.  Once you take the quiz, the Volunteer Coordinator will be alerted that you completed the module.  These can be done before or after your in-person volunteer training at the stable.

Please click any of the links to get started!

Volunteer Workshops


SMILES staff strives to provide continuing education for all of our current volunteers to keep our program safe, effective, and thriving! Volunteer Workshops focus on topics that are important for volunteers, and allow opportunities to practice skills outside of our regular classes.  Continue to check back for further workshop opportunities!

"The social aspect of SMILES is an amazing thing to be a part of!  The students, volunteers, staff, and horses come together every week for learning, for challenges, and for fun!"

-Alison Brown, SMILES Volunteer & Kindergarten Teacher