Frequently asked questions

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.


This is a fun way for individuals, families, and groups to help a horse. 

For just $500 a year, you can sponsor one of our residents.  Stop by the farm and choose a horse you’d like to sponsor.  (The farm is open daily from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.)  Or, click on the Residents button to the left to read about the horses living at Ryerss.  Then, print out a Sponsorship Form (available below), fill it out and send it to Ryerss Farm along with your payment. 


If you would like to help the horses by naming Ryerss Farm in your will, the following wording is suggested by our legal counsel:  “I bequeath to Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, presently located at Ryerss Farm, 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA  19465, the sum of _____ dollars (or description of property, whether real estate, stocks, bonds, or savings certificates, etc.).”


Horse Pedicure 

 Did you know horses need their hooves trimmed every 6-8 weeks? Treat your favorite horse to a Ryerss pedicure!

Stall Endowment

 A brass plaque with your loved one’s name will be placed on the door of one of the stalls.



Personalized bench with an inscription for visitors to enjoy watching the heard in the field.


Sponsor a horse for one year

Enjoy visiting, grooming, and petting the horse you are sponsoring.


Memory Plate

Donate a brass plate in memory or honor of a friend or animal.


Greener Pastures Plate

Buy a plate for an animal who has "Gone to Greener Pastures.


Memory Board Plate

Buy a plate for our memory board. 

Click on "Donation Options" for more information and samples of each option. To make a donation, print out a Donation Response Form (available below), fill it out and send it to Ryerss Farm along with your payment. 


Ryerss Farm and all our wonderful horses need YOU and your own unique gifts! Please consider becoming a Ryerss Volunteer. DO IT TODAY!  Your efforts will be rewarded many times over by the joy and personal fulfillment that comes with knowing that you are making a difference and helping a cause that you consider worthwhile!


Volunteers are very special people! They come from all walks of life. They may be retired or still working in careers outside of Ryerss. They come to Ryerss because they love the horses. Volunteers come in all ages, shapes and sizes! They offer their talents, their ideas, and many times work tirelessly “above and beyond the call of duty” to see a job to the end.

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1710 Ridge Road

Pottstown, PA 19465


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Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines is registered as a Charitable Organization with the Department of State, Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations under The Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, 10 P.S. § 162.1 et seq., and is authorized to solicit charitable contributions under the conditions and limitations set forth under the Act.

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