Hi, my name is Debbie Leclerc. I have been volunteering with therapeutic riding for 8 years. I have loved and had a connection with horses since I first laid eyes on one. I had the good fortune during my adolescence of working at a stable that bought and sold horses. I had some of the best years of my life during that time. Over the course of the next 30 years, I had sporadic opportunities to be around horses. About 12 years ago, for several months, I was a trail guide at Stepping Stone Stables. When I first begin volunteering I was cleaning stalls and paddocks, grooming and tacking horses, then finally leading horses in their lessons. I have come to realize the more you give in any way you can, the more blessings you receive. Volunteering has taught me that dreams do come true, and miracles do happen. The progress I see in the children involved in the program, is absolutely amazing. Everyone here really put their hearts into working as a team with the child, the horse, the side walkers and the therapists. I witness miracles on a weekly basis. It doesn’t get better than this.
Hi, my name is Alexandra Powers I volunteer at Yellow Horse 4 days a week. I clean paddocks, feed the horses and do whatever Joye needs me to do. I have loved Horses since I was a little girl. My mom would take my sister and I trail riding a couple of times a year.. and I always thought someday I would owe my own horse… Five years ago I was diagnosed with a Gangioblastoma (Brain tumor) I was going into my senior year in high school. Since I was diagnosed I have had 3 brain surgeries, I have been through radiation and Chemo treatments. The tumor is located on a part of my brain which can never be completely removed. I will finish my current chemo in December. This is how I came to yellow horse I was looking for something to get involved in and give myself a sense of self-worth. My mom went to school with Joye and you guessed it, Joye took me in with open arms. I love being around the horses and helping Joye with a lesson if possible or just being a leader or side walker. It gives me a place to belong where I can just be myself. It’s a dream come true being around something I have always loved.
My name is Ashley Quinn and I am 24 years old. I grew up on a small horse farm and I have been riding horses since I was 7 years old. I am an English rider who has showed horses for 10 years and participated in 4-H for 4 years. As I got older I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and got a job at Livingston Preschool in Providence, RI through the Groden Center. The Livingston Preschool was a preschool that integrated typically-developing children with children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I wanted to work with children with ASD because I have a family member who was diagnosed with ASD when he was 4 years old and I wanted to learn a different perspective of the disorder. Currently, I am working at the Groden North building with my students from the preschool because the preschool program was absorbed into the older age group school. I have been with the Groden Center for little over a year now and I have learned so much about ASD. As of right now, I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rhode Island College. My dream is to incorporate my counseling skills with equine therapy. I want to counsel Autistic adolescents who are struggling with personal issues and adolescents who have been sexually, physically, and/or emotional abused. I feel equine therapy is a wonderful tool to help a child, adolescent, or adult work through stressful events in their life. I feel a horse has healing powers that can be beneficial for an individual's life. I know when I visit my horse, Charlie, all my stress goes away. When I touch him I can feel his love and warmth. He always puts a smile on my face. This is why I decided to join Yellow Horse in fall 2015. I have seen how equine therapy has impacted their students’ lives, which is why in October 2016 Charlie became a member of the Yellow Horse program. I wanted him to have a job that gave him a purpose and he has always been amazing with children. He has been a perfect addition to the Yellow Horse family.
Hi my name is Rachael Malley and I am a volunteer for Yellow Horse. I moved to Rhode Island from upstate New York in May of 2015 and live in Richmond with my husband, two dogs, three cats and six chickens. I have a lifelong love of all animals, but especially horses and worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for 14 years. I first met Joye in the summer of 2015 and began volunteering with Yellow Horse. I fell in love with the horses, the people and the program! I now help out with a wide variety of tasks on the farm and in the program.
Yellow Horse is appreciative of our volunteers and all that they do for our program. We would not be where we are today without them.
Paddock and Stall cleanup
Feeding AM & PM
*Yellow Horse offers community service hours, please contact for more information
If you are interested in volunteering please download and complete the volunteer form found in our Forms tab prior to your scheduled visit to Yellow Horse. To schedule a visit call 401.249.1520 or 401.536.8696 Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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