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Volunteers at Thorncroft

Volunteers are the life-blood of Thorncroft; this work would simply not be possible without the efforts of those who give of their own hearts and spirit.

  • Cooperation. Respect. Love.
  • 400 Volunteers
  • 350 Weekly Riders
  • 40 Horses
  • 30 Staff Members
  • 1 Goal

Accomplishing our goal of improving the lives of those with special needs is made possible only through the generosity and devotion of our volunteers. At Thorncroft, our volunteers give much more than their time…they give their friendship, their compassion: in a word, themselves.


Our lesson volunteers assist with weekly lessons by grooming and tacking horses before the lesson, leading the horse or side aiding for a student during the lesson, and putting the horse away after the lesson. These volunteers commit to the same day and time every week in order to establish relationships and teamwork between the rider, the instructor and the horse. No horse experience? No problem. We teach our volunteers to work with horses and students. Fill out an application here. (please note that our age requirement for lesson volunteers is 13)


Thorncroft offers many special programs throughout the year which are the perfect opportunity for volunteers who cannot commit to our weekly program. We hold exclusive programs for the Vanguard School, Timothy School of Berwyn, the Special Olympics of Chester County, as well as summer camps for Bournelyf of West Chester and Elwyn.


We host various horse shows here at the Farm, including the Handicapped Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show, held the last Saturday in May. Hundreds of competitors from neighboring states converge to compete in dressage, equitation and trail classes. In October, The Fall Handicapped Horse Show is another popular event for therapeutic riders. These events can only continue with the help of volunteers.


Volunteers also assist with special events such as the Victory Gallop, our annual gala and silent auction held at the historic Park Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia and Dressage at Devon, a world class horse show staged in very own neighborhood.


  • No matter what your time schedule or ability, Thorncroft has a volunteer position for you.
  • We also accommodate group projects and school service projects for as many as twenty!
  • Feel free to drop by the farm anytime to visit our riders, staff and horses and figure out which volunteer position is right for you.
  • For those interested in volunteering for the positions working with the riders, horses and shows, here is the application form, just fill it out and send it in!
  • We take care that all volunteers have attended a training program and are comfortable in the offering of their service.
  • Here are some current openings.
  • Take a look at the Volunteer Handbook if you feel that this may be something that would help you, and help someone whose life could be changed by a little of your time.

Just being in the presence of some of our riders as they face their challenges has changed peoples' lives. We help one another at Thorncroft every day.


Volunteer Openings

As of January 19, 2015


Current Volunteer Needs

In the new year we have MANY VOLUNTEER POSITIONS which need to be filled. Please call the office or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are able to help with any of the following times:

Tuesday 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30-6pm
Wednesday 12:30-3:30pm
Wednesday 9:30-11:30am and 3-6pm
Thursday 9:30-11:30am and 3-6pm
Hope to hear from you soon!

Thorncroft Equestrian Center

190 Line Road
Malvern, PA  19355
610.644.9342 (fax)


When using GPS enter 190 Line Road which is NOT Township Line Road

Founded in 1969

Thorncroft welcomes students of all ages. Our 70 acre farm, now under an open space easement, is open and here to enjoy. Private and group lessons are individually geared towards the ability and goals of the rider. Horsemanship is taught on the flat and over fences in either of our 2 indoor arenas, the outdoor arena or cross country course; trails around the Farm are available for riders to enjoy the surrounding countryside.

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Inclement weather policy: While we do not encourage driving in inclement weather we will always have an instructor available if you choose to attend your lesson. Please call the office 610.644.1963 if you are unable to attend.

Holiday Closings: New Year’s Eve at 5pm, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve at 5pm, and Christmas Day

Our mission is to develop the physical and emotional well-being of all people including those with special needs. Thorncroft is committed to personal growth and education in an equestrian environment of respect and love.




We are a 501(c)3 organization.
Tax ID 23-2218431

Job Opportunities at TEC

Instructor Wanted!

Thorncroft is looking for an experienced instructor to teach beginner through intermediate lessons, certified (or willing to get certified) in therapeutic riding a plus! 

Must be able to commit to weekday afternoons and evenings, 3-4 days a week.  Please call 610-644-1963 or email info@thorncroft.org.

Join the staff at TEC
and give back!

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