Pegasus Special Riders may not be able to accept new riders if we cannot increase the number of volunteers who participate. The organization, which serves Boone, Carroll, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago Counties, has 79 participants on a weekly basis. This program provides restorative horseback riding for children and adults with special needs, an activity that is both therapeutic and fun for everyone involved.
If Pegasus is to continue to meet the growing needs of the program and community, we need to increase our volunteer staff. With only two paid staff members, the organization depends on a network of volunteers to act as instructors, walkers, leaders and feeders. Everyone contributes their time to enhance the lives of the riders and the horses. Each horse and rider needs a minimum of one and a maximum of three volunteers for a one-hour session. There are three to six students per class, or four to twelve volunteers per session, depending on the needs of each rider.
“The safety and well-being of our participants is of the utmost importance. To increase classes to meet demand and maintain our high standards, we need more volunteers,” according to Leary. She continued, “the time commitment is minimal, but the rewards are immeasurable. We all want to make a difference in this world, this is your chance.”
Pegasus Special Riders is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization providing equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals. To keep this organization running at its finest, please consider volunteering your time. Contact Zina Leary, Executive Director, at 815-973-3177.