Volunteer Spotlights

Volunteer Spotlights

Meet Barbara Ruslander

What Dream Catchers Means to Me

Barbara Ruslander

It’s like a cool drink of water on a hot day.  That’s what Dream Catchers is for me.  I had horses of my own for 20 years – an Appaloosa, 2 Thoroughbreds, and an Arabian – so I know the commitment it takes to keep them.  I also know the magical experience of sharing time with them and learning from them.  After my horses had crossed the Rainbow Bridge, I missed them TERRIBLY!  A friend, Dick Ryan (see Volunteer of the Year board, 2001 & 2003), was one of the original Dream Catchers at Cumberland in New Kent and spoke highly of them.   When I attended Orientation, I was astounded at the feel of this place.  And in the time I have been volunteering, I continue to learn and be astounded.   The horse care is superb.  The staff is superb.  The caring shown by everyone involved – human staff, 4 legged staff, volunteers all, is far beyond the expected.  I love this place.  It’s like a cool drink of water on a hot day.