It always helps to see a warm and friendly face when heading to warm up for that all-important test or jump round. In this new series, the United States Evening Association (USEA) is partnering with Athletux, to feature those around us who help make these events happen, the volunteers. Without them horse shows and programs could not succeed and these volunteers go above and beyond to make sure every rider feels comfortable and confident. Do you know a volunteer who should be nominated as Volunteer of the Month? We are looking for our April feature. Email your tips to [email protected]
Horses have always been a part of Margaret Crevar’s life. Growing up, she lived in an area where everyone had a minimum of five acres and every farm had horses. She spent her childhood years riding with friends and as luck would have it, ended up in equestrian-rich Southern Pines, N.C., just a short drive away from one of the East Coast’s premier horse venues: The Carolina Horse Park. Crevar fondly recalls spending weekends with her family spectating at the many events held through the year; her favorite event was the “big” Southern Pines Horse Trials held annually in March. While Southern Pines has morphed into the even larger Carolina International, it truly sparked her interest in eventing and her desire to increase her involvement in the sport.
As luck had it, when the Carolina Horse Park hosted the first annual American Eventing Championships in 2003, Crevar decided it was the perfect opportunity to jump in, volunteer, and help in any way she could. Since then, she has become a much loved and familiar face at the Carolina Horse Park and works tirelessly at every event to ensure success for the park and its competitors.
Crevar has done it all and is always there to lend a hand when needed. She’s run the warm-ups for every phase, jump judged at all levels, and worked in the scoring booth tabulating dressage scores and jumping penalties. Though she enjoys this, her true passion is running the show jumping warm-up. It’s the best of both worlds for Crevar who not only loves being around the horses and keeping things running smoothly but also enjoys getting to know everyone. One local competitor recalled, “I remember I was so nervous warming up for my show jumping round but Margaret was there to keep things running smoothly and offer words of encouragement. It’s amazing how chaotic warm-up can sometimes be but I am always so thankful for Margaret who keeps it worry-free and on time.” Competitors feel relieved when they step foot in a warm-up run by Crevar because they know she has every detail taken care of and allowing them to focus on their preparation. Whether it’s calming a nervous parent down or helping a seasoned professional, you can expect her to always know what to say to make sure everyone feels at ease in the warm-up ring.
Photo courtesy of Margaret Crevar.
Currently, Crevar has taken on a larger role and serves as the dressage and show jumping steward at the Carolina Horse Park. She’s thriving in her new role and as a steward and it’s her job to ensure the volunteers get to their positions and that every position is covered. The Horse Park credits Crevar with being a driving force behind the success of their events. You can always find her on site at events whether they’re as busy as the Carolina International or as low-key as the War Horse Schooling Show series, helping ensure everything runs smoothly and offering encouraging words to the competitors.
Eventing has truly blossomed into a family affair for Crevar. Her daughter, Sarah, not only competes but also works alongside her mom in the show office at the Carolina Horse Park as their resident secretary. While Crevar has always loved volunteering at the Horse Park, it is more special now that she works alongside Sarah in the show office while still volunteering and cheering her on in competitions. She’s put in countless hours doing both but wouldn’t have it any other way and her daughter is quick to point out how special Crevar is to both her and the community. “Margaret is the most dedicated and selfless person that I know. She will always put someone else's needs before her own and will spend hours preparing for an event just to volunteer. She will go out of her way to make sure that every competitor has the best experience possible,” explained Sarah.
When you speak with Crevar, it’s easy to see her dedication and passion to her sport and volunteer work. It is the special people she’s met along the way who keep her coming back. Her passion for eventing is unparalleled and her continued dedication to giving back and volunteering sets her apart. The members of the Area II community and those at the Carolina Horse Park sincerely value and appreciate Crevar and are quick to point out the strong impact she has on the community.
If you were to ask someone about Crevar, you would hear words such as, “inspiring”, “caring” or “dedicated.” It is amazing to see the impact she’s made on everyone both in the community and beyond it. Expect to keep seeing her at events making sure the show is running smoothly and lending a hand where needed. If you see her give her a huge thank you because without her, eventing wouldn’t be the same.