Volunteer Bulletin

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
August 2016
In This Issue...
CPR/First Aid Training
Training Team
Saturday for a Cause
Boots & Bandanas Bash
Arena Volunteer Shifts
Upcoming Trainings
Wine Country Half Marathon
Barn Team Volunteers Needed
Joel Connor Clinic
Volunteer Spotlight
Meet our Staff
Important Dates 
August 9
Training Team Training

August 10
Horse Leader Training Level I

August 12 
RSVP deadline for Boots & Bandanas Bash

August 13
CPR/First Aid Training 

August 16
Captain/CiT Training

August 20
Kutting Edge Fitness Class

August 24 - August 27
PATH's On-Site Workshop 

August 23 - September 11
Session Break

September 10
Boots and Bandanas Bash
CPR/AED & First Aid

Little Bit will be hosting Heartsaver CPR/AED & First Aid with an Equestrian Twist on:

Sat, August 13 from 9 - 1 PM 

Anne Curtis, with Still Creek CPR & First Aid, has agreed to host this clinic at a reduced cost for Little Bit volunteers. $55 includes your handbook and American Heart Association certification.  

CPR/First Aid is a useful training that can have an impact on families and friends, as well as Little Bit participants. 
Contact  Lindsay Shepard to sign up today! 
Join our Training Team! 
We help train new volunteers by participating in the mock class in the arena during volunteer trainings. As a Training Team member, you will either lead or ride a horse during trainings.

*Must have volunteered at Little Bit for at least one session, 
and must be able to help with two trainings each session
*Must have passed Horse Leader Training

*Must demonstrate understanding of grooming and tacking the LB way, as well as safety awareness, and willingness to coach others.

Contact Lindsay Shepard to sign up for Training Team training on Aug 9, from 5-7 PM. 
Lets make exercise about more than just heart rates and love handles!   

Kutting Edge Fitness is putting the FUN in fundraise! Please join us for a circuit training class to raise money for Little Bit. 

Saturday, August 20, 9 - 10 AM
8524 122nd Ave NE, Kirkland
All fitness levels are welcome! Bring friends or make new ones.
Minimum Donation: 
$10  (all proceeds go to LB)
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Boots & Bandanas Volunteer Bash

You are invited to Little Bit's 
Volunteer Appreciation Boots & Bandanas Bash

Shine your boots, dust off that ole bandana, and join us so we may say thank you for your outstanding dedication to Little Bit's mission. 

Saturday, September 10, from Noon - 2 PM
at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center 
Plenty of food, fabulous giveaways, and rootin' tootin' FUN for everyone! 

Please RSVP by August 12 to Lindsay Shepard
Arena Volunteers
Thank you to all of our fabulous arena volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure our riders can mount! 

Out of the 406 volunteer shifts we have on the Rider Schedule, the Volunteer Department is still working to fill 36 regular openings. 

Can you help us achieve a 100% fill rate?  Email Dana LaRue   to sign up for a regular class! 

Can't make a weekly commitment, but still want to help?  Save the day: 
Continued Education Opportunities
Paddock Training
Weekly, Summer Session:
Mon, 2:30 - 3:30 PM 
Tues, 4 - 5 PM
Wed, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Thurs, 11 - 12 PM 
Fri, 4 - 5 PM 
Sat, 2:30 - 3:30 PM 

Learn how to catch and turn out horses before and after class.  Sign up in the Tack Barn! 

Horse Leader Level I  
Wed, August 10, 6 - 8 PM 

Horse Leader Level II
Wed, September 28, 5-7 PM

Horse Leaders are responsible for helping their horse follow directions in class. These offerings are a n  excellent opportunity to learn how to work better with our herd and expand upon horsemanship skills! 

Please email  Melanie Renk  to sign up! Volunteers must be Paddock Trained to participate.   
Destination Races' Wine Country Half Marathon
Little Bit is honored to once again partner with Destination Races' Wine Country Half Marathon Series!
A scenic 13.1 mile course starts among the vineyards at historic Chateau Ste. Michelle and winds its way through the valley, bounded by the cities of Redmond and Bothell, and finishes alongside the Sammamish River for this year's Wine, Beer and Music Festival.
Little Bit will receive a donation for every volunteer who registers to help stage this exciting event on September 16 and 17. Opportunities are available in a number of time slots and positions, including registration, course monitors, wine glass distribution, bag check, recovery tent and medical support.
Please declare your support of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center when asked "Which group/organization are you affiliated with?" 
Register Here to Run!
Each race registration processed through the trackable registration link above will generate a donation to Little Bit!
Barn Team Volunteers Needed
Barn Team volunteers are vital to Little Bit's success.
Volunteering to care for our herd is an excellent way to  get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors, be popular with the herd, and learn more about barn management! 

We are especially in need of volunteers 16 years and older who can make a weekly commitment on Monday, Thursday, or Friday from 11 AM - 1:30 PM.

Volunteers keep our horses happy and healthy by delivering lunch, re-filling water buckets, and mucking paddocks. Please keep in mind that Barn Team is a physical job and volunteers must be able to bend, squat, and walk on uneven ground.
Interested? Email Zoe Rivera to schedule a training!
Little Bit Volunteer Natural Horsemanship Groundwork 
Little Bit and SAFE Horse Rescue have partnered with Joel Conner to host a Little Bit Volunteer Natural Horsemanship Groundwork session. The clinic is free to audit or $75 to participate for any volunteers.
Joel has a very special way of working with horses and covers things that anyone handling horses can benefit from. Joel said that his work is about the horse; it is finding ways each day to do right by them and helping them have a clear and calm understanding of the work they do together. He follows the work, methods, and ideology of horsemen like Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt, Tom and Bill Dorrance and Ricky Quinn Jr. 
When: Friday, September 9th from 9-12 PM
*Participants should arrive at 8am to sign waiver and get horses groomed and in the arena by 9am. 
Where:   SAFE, 16509 164 Ave. NE Woodinville WA, 98072  
Please contact Lindsay Shepard with questions or to register!   
Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Boa 
What's your favorite thing about volunteering at Little Bit?  
I love seeing the progress of the riders. Even in the short time I've been here, I've seen riders improve, and it's amazing to be a part of that.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I know exactly one magic trick and it's pretty cool,
so if you have a deck of cards I'd be happy to show you

What do you enjoy doing when you're not volunteering?
I love to read; I'm always off on a great adventure in a book.
I also like to crochet; I'm into amigurumi right now, which is making animals and people and other things with crochet.

Can you share something you've learned at Little Bit? 
I'm a bit of an introvert and was really nervous starting out here, 
but people have been really nice and helpful,
and I've gotten to realize that I don't have to be so scared to talk to people.

Katie joined the Little Bit team in January of 2016. In just seven short months, she's assisted in the arena as both a sidewalker and leader, on our Barn Team, and at the Pat Flynn Memorial Horse Show for a combined total of 135 hours! Thank you, Katie, for your commitment to our mission.  
Meet our Staff: Chloe Wilkins
What do you do at Little Bit and how long have you been on staff? 
Instructor, as well as the Equipment Specialist (A fancy way of saying that I organize and maintain our tack!) I've been here for a little over a year. 

What do you love most about Little Bit?
That I am surrounded by people who actually care about their work and are passionate about the people we are serving. And you can't forget about the horses....they are unbelievable and make me more humble each day.
Do you have a fun story to share about Little Bit? 
My first volunteering shift was a private with Della. I worked with her and this rider for over a year before interning. After I was certified it was the first class I taught independently. It was an incredible feeling for it to come full circle.
What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? 
There is time outside of work?!? I enjoying hiking and vegging out whenever possible.
What country would like to visit, or revisit?
I want to revisit Portugal and Vietnam, but I want to visit anywhere in South America!
Do you have a favorite food or drink?
I'm obsessed with seltzer water....not sure why. Favorite food is cheese. All I want is cheese.
Tell us something fun about yourself.
I am a huge reader! I read about a book a month. 
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Thanks for reading and thank you for your service!