The horse shows and events in Area VI and all across the country would simply not be possible without the support of wonderful volunteers. Below are descriptions about some of the volunteer opportunities available. To find out about opportunities at specific shows, we urge you to visit our omnibus listings page and either contact the event organizer or show secretary for more volunteer information and to sign up.
When volunteering, please remember every job is a little different, but in general, plan on being in the sun most of the day and dress for the weather. Mornings can be very cold and then hot that same afternoon. It is always best to dress in layers. Some items you might want to consider bringing/wearing… a chair, sunscreen, chap stick, a hat, closed toe shoes and get ready for an enjoyable day.
For a list of volunteer positions with descriptions visit our volunteer positions page.
Suggestions for your day on cross-country:
- Dress in layers – keeping in mind it can be cold / hot / sunny / rainy all in 1 day and you will more than likely be outside.
- Wear closed toe shoes
- Bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
- Bring a chair that can be easily collapsed and carried
- Watch with a 2nd hand or stop watch
- Binoculars can be handy to see the upcoming riders (not required)
- Rubber bands are helpful to keep pages from blowing on windy days
Water & snacks are generally provided .. make sure you grab some as you need to stay hydrated and nourished while out on course as it can sometimes be a long day.
Tips for jump judges:
- Attend the TD briefing / training. Even if you have heard it before, you always learn something listening to the different TD’s.
- Choose a safe vantage point where you can see all elements of your jump or jumps – especially the approach.
- Obstacles have a red flag on the right and white flag on the left – this denotes which way the fence is to be jumped.
- Listen for announcement of rider on course. As rider approaches, observe number and write it in the jump booklet. Never ‘pre-number’ your booklet as riders do not always come in planned order.
- If a rider is having trouble negotiating your fence and is going to be overtaken by another rider, ask the first rider to move aside to allow the second competitor to pass safely over the fence.
- If you observe a fall of horse or rider at your fence, take your radio with you and quickly ascertain condition of rider and report accident over the radio. DO NOT move the rider. Example: Rider #125 down at Fence 12 .. check on the rider and then report – Rider OK – or Rider requires medical attention at Fence 12.
- Do not leave your fence unattended during the competition. If you need to use the restroom or leave your post for any reason, inform the volunteer coordinator, score runner or control so that a replacement judge can be located.
- Control will inform you when divisions are finished. Once your score sheets are picked up, you can move to your fence for the next division.
- Radios are for official business only – please do not use them to chat with other fence judges. Leave your radios on all day, keeping them close at hand even during the breaks so that you can hear any important announcements.