As of May 13, 2019, a total of 14,461 volunteer hours have already been recorded for 2019. Only five months into the year and over 1,000 volunteers and 110 events have used EventingVolunteers.com. As the 2019 winter and spring season reaches an end, the volunteer leaderboards have several familiar names on top. However, with the summer and fall season yet to happen, it’s anyone’s game for who will take home the 2019 Volunteer of the Year award.
She once topped the 2018 national volunteer leaderboard and now she’s currently on top of the 2019 national volunteer leaderboard, Vicki Reynolds from North Carolina has a total of 159 hours and 40 minutes for 2019. Right behind her is Cindy Jezerski from Florida with 146 hours and 50 minutes. Rounding out the top three is Diane Bird from South Carolina with 145 hours and 25 minutes.
Since the addition of the new USEA VIP All-Time Leaderboard on EventingVolunteers.com, another known name is sitting number one – Michael Smallwood, who was the 2017 Volunteer of the Year. Since December 2016, Smallwood has accumulated a total of 553 hours and 45 minutes. The top five on the USEA VIP All Time leaderboard are as follows: Michael Smallwood [553:45], Vicki Reynolds [490:05], Diane Bird [462:32], Art Bird [409:13], and Paige Ervin [362:25].
Several factors can influence the number of hours each volunteer has, factors including the frequency of events in each area, geography and the ease of travel, and how many events are using EventingVolunteers.com. Whether it’s 100 volunteer hours or 10, every top volunteer from each area deserves recognition for their hard work. Below are the current 2019 top three volunteers from each area.
In efforts to recognize the dedication, commitment, and hard work that volunteers put into eventing, USEA formed the Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) in 2015. In 2017, an online management portal was designed for volunteers, organizers, and coordinators at EventingVolunteers.com (available as an app for iOS and Android).Volunteer incentives include national and area recognition, year-end awards with ribbons, cash prizes, trophies, a top ten USEA Volunteer leaderboard, and a Volunteer of the Year award which is given to the volunteer who accumulates the most volunteer hours over the USEA competition year. Click here to learn more about the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program.
The USEA would like to thank Sunsprite Warmbloods for sponsoring the Volunteer Incentive Program.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).