Volunteer helpers at SARDA have an important and responsible job. Without them the organisation cannot function. There are two functions that a helper can provide in a class.
The first is as a Leader
Leaders are in charge of their horses and this is their sole responsibility. If there are no side-walkers, leaders will keep an eye on the progress of the rider. However they are not there to teach the rider.
The second is as a Side-Walker
Side-walkers act as “bridges” between the rider and the instructor. They are there to relax the rider, to reinforce what the instructor is asking them to do, to give support, to react in an emergency, and to build up a close relationship with the rider.