Visiting Ryerss for the first time?
Here's what to expect:
When you come down our beautiful driveway, please park in the lot in front of the main office and gift shop.
Upon your arrival, please check-in at our visitor’s center, where our gift shop is located, as well as information about Ryerss Farm, and our residents.
There are bags of treats to purchase for $3 (one bag per group please)!
From here, you are welcome to go into the barn and say hello to any residents who may be in their stalls or go outside and walk along the fence lines and visit the many residents out there!
Stay for as long or as little as you’d like!
How can I become a Ryerss volunteer?The first step is to fill out a Volunteer Application and submit it to our office. For your convenience, you can download and print a PDF copy of the Volunteer Application & Rules, along with the Photo Release Form (both available above). Please read the Volunteer Guidelines, fill out pages 7 – 9, sign, and return them to Ryerss in any of the following ways: (1) Copy filled out form and attach to an email to ryerssfarm@Verizon.net. (2) Return it in person or by postal mail to: Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465-8806, Attention: Office Manager (3) Fax it to us at 610-469-0537. *Please note that you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.* Once your application is reviewed by our office, you will get a call from Ryerss to set up an appointment for an interview. If you are accepted as a volunteer, you will be contacted about when to begin.
How much time does a volunteer need to give?There are a few volunteers who come and help several times a week, faithfully, all year long. There are several volunteers who are able to give us one or two days a week, and many who can offer to be here at least twice a month. All are valuable and appreciated for the time they are willing to give!
What sort of tasks do Ryerss volunteers do?Ryerss Farm uses its volunteers for many different tasks. Some volunteer in the administrative office and gift shop doing work on the mailing lists, selling items in the shop, making some of the hand-crafted items we sell, answering phones and doing general office duties. Other volunteers work in the barn and outdoor areas doing things such as: cleaning and mucking stalls, spreading straw, lime, shavings and hay in stalls, cleaning and filling water pails and troughs, cleaning feed buckets, cob-webbing, re-placing salt licks, painting stall numbers, painting gates and other barn areas, cleaning and sweeping, filling feed buckets, grooming horses, bringing horses in and turning out of the barn, gardening, giving tours, decorating the barn for holiday events and helping with those events (i.e., Open House in December, Yard Sale and Blessing of the Animals). This may be an incomplete list, but know that everything at Ryerss is done with the welfare of the horses in mind. After all, our mission statement is “The care and shelter of aged and abused horses,” and that is our ultimate goal.
I have no experience around horses. Can I still become a Ryerss volunteer?It is not necessary to have experience with horses, only to love them! There are many chores to be done around Ryerss Farm that do not involve direct contact with the horses (see list above). If you eventually would like to do more hands-on work with our horses, this is possible as you gain experience and training from our helpful and capable staff and fellow volunteers.