When you participate, volunteer or donate at Healing Reins, you become part of our Healing Reins family. One of the wonderful things about our “barn family” is the helpful, gracious attitudes of our Volunteer Captains! These are senior volunteers who assist with safety guidelines, lesson outcomes and volunteer communication. We are so grateful for each of our captains and their hard work. If you see one of the captains around the barn, feel free to say hi and ask questions – they are happy to help!

Here’s our Q&A with Linda, who, on top of being a Volunteer Captain, is also a sign language interpreter for Healing Reins!

Name: Linda Porter

How long have you been involved at Healing Reins?
I’ve been volunteering at Healing Reins for 6 1/2 years

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering at HRTRC?  
It’s hard to pick one favorite thing, every part enhances the other parts.  It’s fun working with the staff and other volunteers, I’ve made some wonderful friends at HR.  It’s wonderful to see the progress that our riders make and the joy that riding brings to them.  The cherry on top is getting to work with our wonderful herd of horses.  I enjoy going home dirty, tired, and covered in horse hair!

Tell us a little bit about yourself – are you married, have kids/grandkids, pets?
I’ve been married for 43 years.  We have two fantastic sons and two wonderful daughter-in-laws.  No grandchildren, just grand dogs (of course, they’re the cutest, smartest dogs ever!)

What are your hobbies/job(s)?
I work part-time at a cute little shop in Sunriver.  I’m very active in our church.  I love to bake and enjoy sewing.  My husband and I like to hike, snowshoe and kayak.

What do you want people to know about our programs?  
Healing Reins is a great place to volunteer as well as being a great place for people with life challenges to come.  We have a lot of fun while making a difference in the lives of our riders and their families.