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Freedom Farm

11500 Ferman Ave. SW

Waverly, MN 55390


Our Mission:

Freedom Farm enriches lives by partnering with the unique attributes of the horse to improve mobility, build confidence and encourage personal growth in children and adults with physical, mental & emotional challenges.


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Volunteer at Freedom Farm! 


Why do you volunteer at Freedom Farm?

"Providing encouragement to the courageous riders at Freedom Farm is a rewarding experience. The riders' persistent pursuit of success and freedom of movement provide pure joy to all and is truly inspiring." -Tom

 "We may never hear a rider speak or they cannot speak well, and out of nowhere, you hear a soft 'whoa' or 'walk on' as clear as can be. I have seen riders who won’t make eye contact, and suddenly they turn and look at you for the first time, with a smile." -PJ

"Why do I keep coming back? A staff that is dedicated, caring, welcoming and wise. Riders who work so hard for their success. Volunteers who are always there for one another and the riders. Parents who are tireless in their commitment to their children. And, of course, the great, wonderful, beautiful, gentle horses." -Paula

Most of our Thereapeutic Riders at Freedom Farm require 3 volunteers:
1 leader and 2 sidewalkers. The sidewalkers job is to assist the rider during the therapeutic riding lesson and while brushing their horse. The leader is a person that has experience leading and riding horses and understands horse behavior.

Volunteering at Freedom Farm:

  • Attend one Volunteer Training per year
  • Let us know which Session(s) work in your schedule
    (Spring, Summer A, Summer B or Fall)
  • Volunteers need to be 14 years old to be a leader or sidewalker
  • Younger than 14 years old? Please contact us.
  • Volunteer Form needs to be filled out yearly & are available to download below


Volunteer Training Opportunities!

2019 Volunteer Trainings:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019: 4-6 pm
Tuesday, June 4, 2019: 5-7 pm

Lessons run Monday through Thursday
4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 PM  (varies per session)

Please call or email for more details

952-955-2505 or


VOLUNTEER FORMS 2019 Please download, complete & bring to training.



2018 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner       


November is a month of thanksgiving, and Freedom Farm is so very thankful for its wonderful and amazing volunteers! We had a great night blessing our volunteers with a meal and awards for each person's special service throughout the year.

Every volunteer is important in creating a safe and encouraging environment for the riders, and some have gone above and beyond to use their gifts to specially bless Freedom Farm. Special awards were given to recognize these efforts. We are so thankful for you!


Volunteer of the Year Award: Kerry Barnauskas

Horse Handlers of the Year Award: Lori Maus and Christine Partlow

Way Above and Beyond Award: PJ Frauendienst, Tara Williams, and Sandee Gould

 Dynamic Duo Award: Shayla Schuft and Abby Neu

The Greatness of Your Spirit Award: Connor Kendall

5 Year Volunteers: Sarah Olson (Not Pictured: Jim Mocol and Kristin Mocol)

10 Year Volunteers: Dawn Anderstrom (Not Pictured: Jen Cottew)

15 Year Volunteers: Paula LaVigne and Debi Mahoney


Special Thank You to our Parent Volunteers who so graciously helped out at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner: Susie Derner, Jacqueline Ricks, Melissa Brandts, Rebecca Wanha (Not Pictured: Todd Hoefling)