Whether it’s for a couple of hours, two days a week, or helping at a one-off event, we’re really grateful for our volunteers who take part in positive local action*.
The BHS supports more than 1000 volunteers to take positive local action, to champion our work in learning, riding and welfare and care.
*Volunteers must be over 16 years of age.
What our volunteers do
Attend over a thousand new welfare concerns each year.
Campaign for the increased safety of riders and horses on our roads.
Campaign for access to safe places to ride or carriage drive.
Organise local events, shows and fundraising opportunities.
As a BHS volunteer, you will:
- receive full training for your role and have opportunities for ongoing learning experiences
- meet like-minded local volunteers and make new friends
- learn new skills and enhance your CV
- receive ongoing support from our locally based BHS team in your region and from our central dedicated volunteer support team
Hear what our volunteers have to say
Find out what some of our volunteers have to say:
Ruth Baxter, Yorkshire Regional Chairman
“If anyone is considering volunteering or want to see more in their area, get involved! Don't worry about the time commitment, just offer what you can.”
Ann Kennedy, East of England Regional Chairman
“I started volunteering when I retired as I wanted to help others enjoy riding out. The role is varied, from responding to consultations to pressing for equestrian access. I get great satisfaction from running pleasure rides and seeing the enjoyment on other people’s faces having had a fabulous ride out in the countryside.”
Interested in becoming a BHS volunteer?
If you want to join our growing volunteers community and help to make a difference to horses and equestrians in your local area, please submit an your details via our application by following the link below:
Access and Bridleway Officer | Volunteer Roles
If you are passionate about equestrian access and want to make a lasting difference in your area, this could be the volunteer opportunity for you.
The Chairperson of a committee has a major influence on the way that a local team/committee works together.
Becoming a Vice Chairperson is ideal for those with an aspiration to become a Chairperson in the future. They can be mentored by a current Chairperson for whom they will also support and deputise for where necessary.
In many cases Secretaries (Administrators) are the heart of a local committee. They help the committee to stay connected and informed between meetings, they take and share the minutes and action points of the meetings and introduce new members to the team.
Marketing & Communications
This role is vital to making sure that local committee activities and events are promoted, supported and recognised.
Our Treasurers come from all sorts of backgrounds, from family budgeting to managing the books for a yard to high finance.
If you don't want to jump straight into a specific role, a local team (committee member) might be a great place to start.
Occasional volunteers usually support local BHS events and activities in their area.
Education and Events Officer
Our Education and Events Officers are an important element of the local team/committee and will be involved in designing, organising and holding fun, interesting and educational events locally.
Equestrian Safety Adviser
As a Volunteer Equestrian Safety Adviser you will work with your local committee to put on awareness raising events and incorporate safety messages into local communications and events.