Jun 29, 2018

PODCAST: The Volunteer Incentive Program: A Game Changer for Volunteers and Organizers

The Volunteer Incentive Program was established in 2017 and in just one year has experienced incredible growth, both in the number of volunteers using the Eventing Volunteers app and in the number of organizers putting the app to good use. In 2016, when the app was being piloted in Area II, it had just 800 registered volunteers. This year, the app has over 6,000 registered users and is used by 86 USEA recognized events across the country.

Bonnie Kibbie, chair of the USEA Volunteer Committee talks about the responsibilities of the committee and the how the Eventing Volunteers app has grown and developed with feedback from both volunteers and organizers, as well as some of the benefits it provides for volunteers and organizers alike. The app has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible, making it easy to sign up for volunteer jobs, log hours, check out leaderboards, and more!

Kibbie also discusses some of the other projects the Volunteer Committee has undertaken. In addition to the number of resources the Committee has crafted for organizers on volunteer best practices, the Committee is creating jump judge training videos, a project spearheaded by committee member Irene Doo with the support of a grant from the USEA. Doo has been coordinating, editing, and producing these videos, which will be available for all USEA events and volunteers as a free online resource. The Volunteer Committee also recently released a short two-minute survey to gauge interest on a number of possible volunteer educational opportunities. Kibbie describes some of the potential ideas the Committee has been discussing. Click here to take the survey!

Jackie Smith of Stone Gate Farm has been a supporter of the Volunteer Incentive Program since its inception and comes on the show to talk about how organizers can benefit from using the Eventing Volunteers app. As an active competitor, licensed official, ICP certified instructor, and show organizer, Smith has her hands full. The Eventing Volunteers app helps her organizer all her volunteers for her many recognized and unrecognized events in one place and makes it easy to communicate with her volunteers. She’s also attracted new volunteers to her events, just because her events use the app!

Sep 19, 2019 USEA Foundation

Applications Now Being Accepted for USEA Foundation Grants

The USEA Foundation is now accepting applications for the Essex Horse Trials Grant, the Seema Sonnad Junior Rider's Grant, and the Haller Scholarship for Eventing Officials. The deadline for applications for these grants is October 15.

Sep 19, 2019 Future Event Horse

Fast Facts: 2019 USEA Future Event Horse West Coast Championships

The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships are being held over the next two weeks. First, the West Coast Championships will be held at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California today on Thursday, September 19.

Sep 18, 2019 Eventing News

Ten $3,000 Grants Available for Under-25 Riders at Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event through Reprisal of MARS Bromont Rising Program

Following a hugely successful debut in June 2019 at the Bromont Three-Day Event, the MARS Bromont Rising Program will be offered at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event, November 14-17, 2019.

Sep 18, 2019 Competitions

Fast Facts: 2019 Plantation Field International

Nestled in the hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, The “Best. Event. Ever!” also known as Plantation Field International is celebrating 12 years this year. Competition gets underway bright and early tomorrow morning with dressage for the CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S A division. The CCI4*-S and CCI2*-S B division will perform dressage on Friday.

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