Oct 26, 2021

The VIP Volunteer: Jim Moyer

By Meagan DeLisle - USEA Staff
Photo courtesy of Jim Moyer

If you take one look at Jim Moyer’s Facebook page, you will see it is filled with sweet sentiments from the lives he has touched through his work in the equine industry. Moyer’s involvement with horses began when he met his future wife Jean 50 years ago. As Jean went on to become a prominent instructor in eventing, Moyer found that their friend circle was full of horse people, so it was only natural that he should find his place in the community.

“I’ve always tried to be involved as a volunteer for events after my retirement, but after my wife’s passing I took volunteering to a new level,” Moyer reflected. “The best way to see my friends and the horses that my wife selected for clients was to go to the events, so I volunteer. My thinking is that I could stay at home by myself or go be around the greatest people by volunteering.”

The community engulfed Moyer with love after Jean’s passing and Moyer returned the love two-fold. In addition to volunteering, Moyer stays actively involved in the lives of the horses his wife sourced for riders all across the country.

“I will never forget when Jim called and said I am sick of being at home during COVID and would like to start volunteering at events,” shared Christina Gray, show organizer, secretary, and fellow volunteer. “I was so happy I think I almost cried with joy. Jim is unique in that he is retired, has a motorhome, and has knowledge of pretty much everything when it comes to eventing so he can help ahead of, during, and after the show. He started helping at Rebecca Farm in 2020 with parking. If you have ever been to Rebecca Farm, parking is the least thrilling job. Since then Jim has volunteered to paint cross-country jumps, weed-eat, rake, ring steward, fence judge, direct parking, hang speakers, just to name a few things at Twin Rivers, Spokane Sport Horse Farm, Aspen Farm, and many more. I wish I could bring Jim to every event.”

When it comes to volunteering, Moyer is truly ready to help out in any way, shape, and form. In 2021 so far he has logged over 250 volunteer hours at his local events, with Gray reflecting that there are probably many more hours that have not been logged in the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) database. “I truly enjoy working in whatever capacity is needed,” Moyer shared, “although I do enjoy greeting people entering the event site.”

That famous Moyer smile is recognized all over Area VII. So much so that in 2020 Moyer and his wife were selected as one of three USEA Governor’s Cup recipients out of the entire country. The Governor's Cups are presented in recognition of volunteers whose services have contributed significantly to the sport.

When you ask any organizer what fuels the fire of a good volunteer, it all boils down to love. What makes a good volunteer great all boils down to their love of the sport, love of the horse, and love of the community- three things that Moyer does not lack. When asked what he likes most about volunteering, he shared: “Volunteering gives me access to the eventing community which is truly about camaraderie, friendship, and smiles. This community is my extended family.”

And his community feels the same way about him. “Jim is all the kind and caring adjectives you can find in the dictionary!” said Area VII member Louise Leslie. “I feel humbled and privileged to consider him a friend.”

“Growing up, Jean was my first instructor,” said USEA Board of Governors member and organizer of Aspen Farms Horse Trials Jonathan Elliot. “So I have known the Moyers for probably 35 years. Since Jean passed away, it seems like Jim has really taken up the mantle at every event in the area. Most of the time he will get there a week ahead of time and having that all-day volunteer that is ready to do anything is always extremely helpful. It’s always a huge help to have him here at the shows.”

Sarah Sullivan and Jim Moyer. Photo courtesy of Sarah Sullivan.

Fellow Area VII member Sarah Sullivan owns one of the horses that Moyer and his wife sourced prior to her passing. Sullivan was thrilled to share her sentiments about Moyer’s influence on the local eventing community. “It is not a show if Jimmy is not there helping get everyone parked and organized. He is the most supportive person in our community,” she commented. “He is at 90% of my warmups. He videos whenever he gets a break from volunteering. When he jump judges you always know what jump he is at because you hear him cheering his horses around. He makes Area VII eventing better and we are lucky to have him.”

While many in Area VII have expressed their gratitude for the Moyer family’s influence on their involvement in the sport, Moyer himself is thankful for the opportunity to give back.

“I just feel so lucky and privileged that the organizers allow me to help out."

About the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport, the unsung heroes, and the people who make it possible to keep the sport alive. 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 volunteer 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, and trophies, a top ten USEA Volunteer leaderboard, and a Volunteer of the Year award which is given to the volunteer who tops the leaderboard by accumulating 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.

Nov 28, 2021 USEA Foundation

Where are they now? The Holekamp/Turner Grant Recipients

The Holekamp/Turner Grant was founded in 2015 by Timothy and Cheryl Holekamp of New Spring Farm and Christine and T.J. Turner of Indian Creek Farm. This grant gives a USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championship competitor the opportunity to represent the United States at the FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships in the 7-year-old Championship (a CCIYH3*-L) at Mondial du Lion in Le Lion d’Angers, France. The intention of the grant is to further develop an upward pathway for U.S. team horses in the sport of eventing. Grant recipients who are North American bred will be awarded the full cash grant of $17,500. If the winner is an imported horse, he will be awarded $8,000.

Nov 27, 2021 Convention

World Equestrian Brands Joins as Title Sponsor of the USEA Rider of the Year Leaderboard and Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to welcome back World Equestrian Brands as the Title Sponsor of the USEA Rider of the Year Leaderboard for 2021 and 2022. This year’s USEA Rider of the Year will be honored at the 2021 USEA Year-End Awards Ceremony held during the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico. World Equestrian Brands will generously provide the winner with a prize of $500 in value. Next year, the USEA Rider of the Year will be recognized during the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention which will take place in Savannah, Georgia on Dec. 7-11, 2022.

Nov 27, 2021 Classic Series

Slaughter, Berry, and Shade Conclude 2021 Season with Wins in Fresno Classic Three-Day Event

What better way to draw the competition season to a close than with a win in a USEA Classic Series division? Three competitors did just that on the weekend of November 17-18 at the Fresno Horse Park in Fresno, California.

Nov 26, 2021 Convention

Rebecca Farm Returns as Gold Level Sponsor for the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the renewed partnership with Rebecca Farm. Rebecca Farm will return as a Gold Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention and will be the exclusive sponsor for the Annual Meeting continental breakfast. This year’s Annual Meeting & Convention will take place at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 9-12, 2021.

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Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA

Official Forage of the USEA

Official Feed of the USEA

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Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA

Official Equine Insurance of the USEA

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