Morning Dove programs rely on the talent, experience and time of more than 150 volunteer hours a week. A variety of volunteer opportunities exist, including:

  • Support in our lessons (must be at least 16 years of age):
    • Grooming and tacking horses for lessons
    • Side walking with a rider
    • Leading a horse during class
  • Assisting with fundraisers:
    • Serve on the Dove Ball committee (our annual fall event)
    • Assist with one or more of the other fundraising events (see the Giving tab at the top of the page for the current schedule of events)
  • Office work
  • Barn work and horse care (must be at least 16 years of age; or, 14 years of age accompanied by a responsible adult)
  • Board of Directors – if you are an experienced business or community leader interested in providing leadership in Morning Dove’s governance AND fundraising, please contact Liz Coit, Executive Director at or 317-733-9393.

As a new volunteer at Morning Dove, individuals go through an initial orientation and training. Depending on your experience and interests, you will be assigned a volunteer “job”.  We ask that our volunteers commit to working at least 2-4 hours each week for a full lesson session (typically 10 weeks).

How to get started as a volunteer:

  1. Contact our Volunteer Manager, Elizabeth Sadler at, 317-733-9393 to learn more.
  2. Download and complete the Volunteer Forms (Volunteer Forms 2017) and send them to us. We will then contact you regarding scheduling and orientation.
  3. Read the Morning Dove Volunteer Handbook.
  4. Schedule and attend Volunteer Training and Orientation session (check website Calendar page or this page for next available training dates, or call Elizabeth!)
  5. Schedule your hours with Elizabeth or on Volgistics!

Volunteer trainings and public workshops are held regularly to keep up with the demand. Check out our calendar for upcoming dates.

Currently Scheduled Volunteer Training

Volunteer Orientation and Side Walker Training: 

All new volunteers must go through the Morning Dove Orientation and Side Walker training (if you are not interested in being a side walker, you do not need to stay for this portion of the training).  Please call or email Elizabeth Sadler, Volunteer Manager to reserve your spot. 317-733-9393 or

Scheduled volunteer orientation and trainings:

New Volunteer Orientation & Side Walker Training:  

  • Saturday, March 3rd, 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Or, Saturday, March 10, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Or, Saturday, May 5th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Or, Saturday, May 26th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Horse Leader Assessment: (must be a current side walker*)

  • Saturday, May 5, 10:00am -12:00pm
  • Saturday, May 26, 10:00am – 12:00pm

*For current volunteers who are ready to move to the next level in volunteering —  If you have horse experience and are comfortable with the following activities:

  • Pulling horse out of pasture (with other horses in the pasture)
  • Grooming, picking feet, tacking (Western and English tack including bridle) and untacking
  • Leading horses of various sizes through obstacle course
  • Keeping horse calm and focused with working
  • Recognizing basic signs of injury and illness, discomfort and/or behavioral issues

Contact Elizabeth Sadler at or 317-733-9393 for more information about volunteer training or to reserve a spot in an upcoming training session.

Stay Connected


Morning Dove
P.O. Box 721
Zionsville, IN, 46077
Map & Directions