We will be closed for the winter starting October 30th, 2017. Please email with any questions about working with Challenge New Mexico.

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Please email with any inquiries about becoming a volunteer:


Volunteers are Challenge New Mexico’s most valuable resource. From setting CNM’s course, to staffing programs, to fund-raising, to miscellaneous clerical duties, volunteers help with practically every aspect of the organization. Without them, Challenge New Mexico would not exist.


Volunteers may serve in a variety of capacities from the Board of Directors to the recreational programs – all can be rewarding experiences.

CNM volunteers are caring, enthusiastic people. All of our volunteers are trained to do their specific job, no matter what walk of life they come from. We do not ask volunteers to come trained, we ask that they come ready to learn and have fun.

Volunteers are needed for all areas of our program from helping our clients through therapy horseback riding, serving as board members, helping during our annual Arts & Crafts Festival, raising funds, and many other miscellaneous tasks.

Our Therapy Horseback Riding Program provides a unique opportunity for anyone looking to volunteer. Volunteers help with many aspects of caring for our clients and our horses. Volunteers are likely to:

  • Help with general horse care through cleaning stalls, filling water troughs, and grooming
  • Help ready the horses for clients by saddling
  • Help our clients by interacting with them during their riding session

We ask that volunteers with the Therapy Riding Program be at least 13 years old. We do NOT require our volunteers to have prior horse experience or prior experience working with people with special needs. We do our best to provide an environment that makes learning easy and fun for our volunteers and our clients.

Most of the volunteers with the Therapy Riding Program spend a lot of time walking. Please bring water, a hat, sunblock, and appropriate shoes when you visit us at the CNM Ranch or come to volunteer.

To inquire about becoming a volunteer in any area, please contact Elissa Ulibarri at (505)470-9088 or email cnewmexico@gmail.com

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