There are many ways in which you can help support Free Rein Center.

Volunteers are the lifeline and soul of Free Rein.   Without the help of our wonderful Lesson and Barn volunteers, we could not offer our programs to our students. We’re excited about the introduction of Free Rein Ambassadors, volunteers who assist with other activities outside of therapeutic riding lessons or stable care.

Lesson Volunteers help primarily by assisting with students and horses  during classes.  We provide all the training you need  to make our students’ dreams come true.   Barn Volunteers work directly with horses and staff to care for our herd. Free Rein Ambassadors plan and participate with events and programs, may staff festival booths, help out in the office and bring whatever their talents or skills are to enhance Free Rein’s operation and services.

All Volunteers who wish to work with our lessons must attend a Volunteer Training Session before they begin.   Volunteer Orientation/Training takes place prior to the start of each session. If you would like to volunteer with Free Rein, please call our office or send us an email at volunteers@freereincenter.com.

Volunteer Today! You will be glad you did!

Volunteer Forms

Please email completed volunteer forms to

John Colflesh
I grew up on a small dairy farm near Delaware, Ohio. I graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Physics then spent eight years in the U.S. Navy as nuclear power trained submarine officer. Much of my time in the Navy was spent in Connecticut, where I lived for forty years.
After the Navy, I attained an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I worked in the nuclear power industry for 36 years at Westinghouse Electric Company in Windsor, CT and Pittsburgh, PA. I had many roles and responsibilities over the years including; project management, marketing, field services management and quality assurance. As part of this work, I traveled all over the U.S., western Europe and parts of Asia.
Also, while in Connecticut: I owned a bicycle shop; served on the board of the local chapter of A Better Chance, in Glastonbury, CT; owned a reining horse (did lots of trail riding); and was a member of the Granby, CT Horse Council.
In 2017, my wife and I both retired from Westinghouse and moved to Brevard. For the first two years here, I did some part time consulting work as an industrial incident investigator and analyst.
I first volunteered for Free Rein as a Horse Leader in 2017 weeks after moving here and have been doing so ever since.