There are countless responsibilities in putting together an event, but one important responsibility is to organize reliable volunteers that know the duties assigned to their position – and this is where the USEA Volunteer Videos can help. A member of the USEA Volunteer Committee, Irene Doo, who’s an eventer and the volunteer coordinator for Pine Hill Horse Trials, has put together volunteer video tutorials that cover over 18 different volunteer positions. This video catalog has videos that cover each phase of the sport, as well as a General Announcer video.
For dressage, the videos include: Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Warm-Up Steward, and Dressage Scribe.
For cross-country, the videos include: Cross-Country Controller, Cross-Country Crossing Guard, Cross-Country Starter, Cross-Country Finish Timer, Cross-Country Pinney Collector, Cross-Country Score Runner, Cross-Country Jump Judge (6-part series), and Cross-Country Warm-Up Steward.
For show jumping, the videos include: Show Jumping In-Gate Steward, Show Jumping Jump Crew, Show Jumping Scribe, Show Jumping Timer, and Show Jumping Warm-Up Steward.
There are several ways to access these videos. First, these videos can be found on the Volunteer page of the USEA website. Click the link with the arrow shown in the picture below and this will lead users to a page with all the videos listed in alphabetical order.
The videos can also be accessed through the homepage of eventingvolunteers.com. Click the link with the arrow shown in the picture below and this will lead users to a tab on the homepage that ranks the volunteer positions depending on volunteer experience. The three ranks are: entry level positions, positions that require some experience, and positions that require experience.
The USEA encourages all events to utilize this resource. The videos are free and available to everyone.
Special thanks to Irene Doo and everyone on the USEA Volunteer Committee for creating these videos!
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.
The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.
The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.
Beginning May 17, 2021, USEF will implement new protocols regarding the use of face coverings/masks at USEF-licensed competitions in response to recently updated CDC recommendations. Please click here to access the full amendments to the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan protocols.
Nicole Brown is joined this week by Irish World Equestrian Games silver medalist Sam Watson as they discuss the road to a successful cross-country round. They cover your basic training at home before your event, what you do when you get to the event and are walking the course, warming-up, visualization, and finally how to tackle the course. This podcast is full of words of wisdom from Sam that will keep you listening to the very end so tune in now!