Tag: Volunteer Incentive Program

May 28, 2024

Membership Minute: Volunteers are the Superstars of Eventing

There are a lot of moving parts behind every horse trial, but one of the most important facets to an event running smoothly is the dedication of the volunteers working the event. Let’s face it, our sport would not be what it is without the time offered up by these individuals. Without the contributions of volunteers, it would be impossible for an event to operate in the way that it needs to and at a cost that competitors could afford. That is why it is so important that we continue to not only recognize the amazing volunteers who give up their weekends to support our sport, but also carve out time in our schedules to volunteer as well and give back to the sport in that manner.

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May 02, 2024 Eventing News

The VIP Volunteers: Stuart Landrum and Laurie Garner Keep Dressage Running Smoothly at the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event

Stuart Landrum and Laurie Garner have been helping direct riders to the dressage ring at the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event for nearly 30 years, maintaining a calm and collected atmosphere for each pair in the final warmup ring before they head down the chute to the Rolex Stadium.

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Apr 17, 2024 Profile

The VIP Volunteer: Debra Sue Waters

Since the mid-’80s, lifelong horsewoman and professional artist Debra Sue Waters has devoted countless hours to the sport of eventing, and last year topped the rankings of the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program in Area V. Assisting behind the scenes at an event just comes naturally to the Millsap, Texas, resident.

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Feb 20, 2024 Volunteers

Free Digital Memberships Awarded to Volunteers for 2024

For the second year of the program, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is proud to award free Digital Memberships to qualified participants of the Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) that completed 10 or more hours of volunteer service through EventingVolunteers.com in 2023. The Digital Membership, which was introduced in January of last year, serves as a “thank you” to the loyal volunteers in our sport for their dedication to supporting events around the country throughout the year.

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Dec 28, 2023 Volunteers

The 2023 Wrap-Up on the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program Leaderboards

This past year has been a great one for eventing in the U.S., but it was also an amazing year for members of the USEA’s Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP). Over the course of 191 events which utilized eventingvolunteers.com to track volunteer hours, an impressive 4,134 volunteers dedicated 70,720 hours of volunteer time to horse trials across the country. The Volunteer Incentive Program, which was formed in 2015, was created to recognize the USEA’s dedicated volunteers through national and area leaderboards which award year-end awards and prizes. Here are the volunteers that topped the leaderboards across the 2023 season!

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Sep 10, 2023 Volunteers

Volunteerism Brings Eventing Lovers Together at the 2023 AEC

With 850 competitors on the roster, putting on this year’s USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds was no easy task. And like all other horse trials in the U.S., the AEC still relies heavily on the efforts of volunteers to bring its efforts to fruition. Over 750 volunteer shifts were filled over the course of the 7-day-long competition by an outstanding 300-plus volunteers. Those volunteers hailed from all over the country, with 30% of the final volunteer number driving in from out of state. Eventing enthusiasts flew in from each coast to help make this event a special one for the qualified competitors this year. While on grounds, the USEA caught up with a handful of these spectacular individuals to get the down low on why they opted to volunteer at this year’s national championships.

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Aug 25, 2023 AEC

The Final Countdown to the 2023 USEA AEC

There are only four days to go until the start of the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), presented by Nutrena Feeds! Whether you’re already on your way to the Kentucky Horse Park or you’re preparing to start your trip, this article has all of the last-minute information you need for a smooth arrival at the venue. The 2023 USEA AEC takes place from Tuesday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 3, and features championship divisions from Beginner Novice through Advanced. The $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final is the pinnacle level of competition at the AEC, and the USEA Adult Riders will again have the opportunity to compete in the Adult Team Championships (ATC) from Beginner Novice through Preliminary.

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Aug 08, 2023 AEC Volunteers

Get Exclusive Access at the 2023 USEA AEC by Volunteering

Get a front-row seat to all the action at the Kentucky Horse Park this Aug. 29—Sept. 3 by signing up to volunteer at the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena Feeds! Volunteer positions are open to everyone, including competitors, trainers, owners, fans, friends and family that are making the trip to Lexington, Kentucky, later this month. Between the top-level sport and exciting activities throughout the week, the 2023 AEC is a must-attend event!

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Jul 26, 2023 Volunteers

Mid-Year Catch up with the USEA Volunteer Program

The sport of eventing wouldn’t be possible without the amazing volunteers that donate their time to support competitions across the country all year long. As of July 14, a total of 38,040 hours have already been recorded through EventingVolunteers.com for 2023, and there is still much of the season left ahead. The Volunteer Incentive Program, which was formed in 2015, was created to recognize the USEA’s dedicated volunteers through national and area leaderboards which award year-end awards and prizes. Here are the volunteers that are currently topping the leaderboard for 2023!

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Feb 15, 2023 Volunteers

The VIP Volunteer: Sarah Airhart

Growing up just a few miles from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford, England, Sarah Airhart naturally gravitated toward eventing.

A member of the Burghley Pony Club, Airhart recalls riding across the Burghley Park Golf Club where her father worked, and walking through the public grounds with her mother, climbing on cross-country fences and imagining what it would be like to jump them.

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Jan 13, 2023 Membership

New Membership Opportunity for Participants of the Volunteer Incentive Program

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is proud to announce a new membership category, the “Digital Membership,” which will be available to qualified participants of the Volunteer Incentive Program in 2023. This new membership will serve as a thank you to the loyal volunteers in our sport for their dedication to supporting events around the country throughout the year.

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