Timaru’s Riding for Disabled group is on the hunt for more volunteers, to ensure it can keep offering the service.
The group is planning a training session on February 7, and is hoping to add another five to 10 volunteers to its roster, so it can continue offering the four half-day sessions to clients each week.
President Anne Russell said volunteers were scarce, as they were for most voluntary groups.
“We want to be able to carry on, but we can’t do it without volunteers.”
The group has 10 horses, and about 35 to 40 volunteers to work with its 30 clients.
“It’s quite a hands-on thing, because one rider needs a leader and two side-walkers – so it’s three people to help one.”
Mrs Russell said the group was hoping to attract volunteers to work hands-on with the horses and riders, and others to help with fundraising.
Sessions are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, and on Tuesday afternoons.
They will begin this year on February 13.