Vic's Riders
Victory Junction Vic's Riders
Experience the empowering and healing benefits of equine assisted activities at Victory Junction’s year-round therapeutic riding program. PATH certified instructors offer safe and fun lessons that extend beyond the saddle. Our lessons teach riding skills to riders from various backgrounds with cognitive, physical, emotional and behavioral disabilities.
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Victory Junction Vic's Riders Who We Serve

– 3 years and older
– individuals with chronic illnesses
– Individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral, developmental and/or intellectual disabilities
– Past and current Victory Junction campers
– Senior Citizens
– A course to acquire skills necessary for volunteering is also available.

Vic's Riders Mission
Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals with various abilities though the benefits of equine therapy by providing affordable, safe and fun therapeutic riding lessons to the local community.
Vic's Riders Mission
Therapeutic riding lessons help riders gain muscle tone, improve posture, and increase strength and balance because a horse’s stride mimics a human’s walk. Riders can also overcome fears and gain self-confidence. Cognitively, therapeutic riding allows riders to reach education goals such as letter recognition and other goals that can be incorporated into lessons. Riding lessons help socially as riders interact with peers and work together with them in lessons to overcome possible challenges. Riding also provides sensory input though the horses gait and may allow riders to focus on different skills and learn new tasks while receiving the needed sensory input.
Safe, fun, and educational riding lessons for those with disabilities as deemed safe and appropriate by PATH staff and personal therapist/doctor. An evaluation session will be conducted by Victory Junction staff prior to sign up and acceptance to a riding session.

Pricing:

Required one-time evaluation session: $15 per rider

Group Lessons- $25 per lesson minimum 4 week commitment

Private Lessons- $40 per lessons minimum 4 week commitment.

Participants must submit a signed waiver and release form before riding.

Download Waiver and Release of Liability Form

For those that want to enjoy horses safely and in a controlled environment from the ground. Some program participants might start in this program before progressing on to actual riding lessons. They will learn how to safely interact with horse, horse care and other horse skills that will be useful.

Pricing:
- Required one-time evaluation session are $15 per participant
- Private ground work lessons 30-60mins $20 with a minimum commitment of 4 weeks.

Provide a program for local senior citizens to come to learn about and enjoy horses! This program is flexible as in it can be both groundwork and saddle time

Requirements:
- Participants 55 years and older
- 1 time per week

Pricing:
Riding Lessons
- Required one-time evaluation session: $15
- 30 minute private lesson: $25 weekly fee
- 60 minute group lesson: $20 weekly fee
- Minimum 4 week commitment

Ground Work
- 60 minute lesson, groups of 5-16 people
- $15 per person for groups of 9 or fewer
- $10 per person for groups of 10-16
- No evaluation required for group rates, 5 people minimum

Participants must submit a signed waiver and release form before riding.

Download Waiver and Release of Liability Form

Interested in getting involved with Vic's Riders? Become a volunteer by contacting Volunteer Director Claire Rutan.

Age: 13+

No experience working with horses or people with special needs required.

Volunteer Opportunities
- Lesson Program Volunteer (Side walking and leading)
- Equine Program Volunteer (Cleaning, horse care, and feeding)
- Facility Volunteer (General maintenance around the barn)

Participants must submit a signed waiver and release form before volunteering.

Download Waiver and Release of Liability Form

Equine Program Intern

Summary:

Victory Junction is now offering an intern position for the Equine program. This internship can provide a variety of experiences based on the prospective intern’s area(s) of interest. Internships are centered around the mission of Victory Junction and Vic’s Riders but may include a wide variety of opportunities.

Interns can learn about different areas of a nonprofits function from volunteer and nonprofit management to equine welfare, general horse care, horse training, horse selection, disability awareness, side walking and leading during lessons, lesson planning, and facility upkeep.

Interns may choose to be involved in multiple areas to get a well-rounded idea of how a therapeutic riding facility works, and how a large non-profit is run. Internships can be tailored so that the intern can meet his/her educational needs.

Interns would work around 30 hours per week. Housing can be provided if needed but it is not required to live on the facility.

For more information, please contact Kelsey Repsch, Barn Director.  To apply please send cover letter and resume.

Victory Junction Vic's Riders Want to Know More

Kelsey Repsch | Barn Director
krepsch@victoryjunction.org

Sarah Wryk | Barn Associate
swryk@victoryjunction.org