NEWS
 
The 2017 Summer I lesson session will consist of 6 weeks of lessons beginning the week of 5/22 and running through the week of 6/26.  Lessons will be scheduled  Monday through Wednesdays, with Monday and Tuesdays afternoon and evening lessons and Wednesday mornings lessons offered. The 2017 Summer II lesson session will consist of 4 weeks of evening only lessons beginning the week of 7/10 and running through the week of 7/31 . Lesson costs remain $25/week.  

Students will be scheduled once a week in 30 minute private lessons or longer if participating in group lessons.  Interactive Vaulting lessons are typically 1 hour long.  A deposit of $50 is required to hold a lesson space, with balance due at the first lesson.  Scholarships may be available for students who qualify by providing required documentation. 

The 10 week long Fall 2017 Session will begin the week of 9/11/17 and run through the week of 11/13/17.

Fall 2017 New Volunteer Orientation / Training

An orientation and training for new volunteers will be held on Saturday September 9, 2017 from 10am until noon at the barn. Lesson program volunteers must be at least 16 years old and able to physically walk briskly for 30 minutes to keep pace with a horse and help support a rider.  New volunteers will be given an overview of the program and a tour of the facility.  Afterward, they will each have an opportunity to practice what they have learned about sidewalking (no horse experience necessary) with some of our staff role-playing student riders.  New volunteers with intermediate level horse experience are invited to stay for the component on leading in a lesson, and to try out for the position of horse leader. 

All volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one lesson a week (about 45 minutes) for the entire 10 week block of lessons.  No advance registration is required for this orientation; please call the barn office (752-0153) if you need additional information.  Please come prepared to work outside around the horses - wear  sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.  The volunteer registration form can be accessed here and the volunteer training manual can be downloaded here .
 
Scholarship Fund
 
In 2016, the RHR Scholarship Fund was able to sponsor over 400 individual lessons for dozens of particpants. Thanks to the following organizations whose grants and donations have helped support our Scholarship Fund in 2016:  Autism Society of NC, , The Equus Foundation , and Women for Women Foundation for their grants and contributions for our Scholarship Fund.

 Many thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Atherton who created the Lt Col Jack Atherton scholarship this fall.  This scholarship will allow us to offer therapeutic riding lessons to a veteran who would otherwise be unable to afford to participate. The scholarship honors their grandfather, Lt Col Jack Atherton, who was in the USAF and a POW in Germany. He received the Purple Heart, among many other honors. Many thanks to former Executive Director Linda Moran, who continues to volunteer her time on behalf of our particpants and RHR by writing grants.
 
Operating Donations
 
We will have an Open House on August 15, 2017 6:00- 7:30 to show our community supporters all of the wonderful upgrades and changes at the barn. Thank you to Andy's Charitable Foundation, Pitt County Wildlife Club, the Hodd Family Trust, and the Greater Greenville Community Foundation for their grants to support RHR general operating expenses this year.  Thank you to Kiwanis Club of Greenville / University City for a grant which provided new helmets for our riders. Last but not least, thank you to the 110 high school, college and adult community volunteers who came to the barn every week and in the process donated 4,300 hours to help with lessons this year; without your efforts this program would not be possible.