Jul 11, 2020

Volunteering at the 2020 AEC

By Claire Kelley - USEA Staff
A volunteer at the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships. Volunteers this year will need to wear masks to comply with COVID-19 protocols. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Get a front row seat at the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) by volunteering! Volunteers are needed on Monday, August 24 through Sunday, August 30 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. There will be no spectators allowed this year, but volunteering is a wonderful alternative that will still allow you to experience the event.

Interested in volunteering? The USEA and the AEC volunteer coordinators, Lynn Davis and Bev Henson, have put together a step-by-step guide on volunteering during the event.

How to Volunteer at the 2020 AEC

Step 1: Create a volunteer account through www.eventingvolunteers.com.

The AEC Volunteer page is now live and anyone can sign up to volunteer on www.eventingvolunteers.com. Please note that all volunteers must have an account with eventingvolunteers.com. This account will also allow volunteers to earn credit towards the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program.

Step 2: Choose what time works best for you to volunteer.

All-day volunteers are greatly appreciated, but you can sign up for AM and/or PM shifts. Exact shift times will be determined as it gets closer to the competition. You can check your volunteer shift times by checking in to your dashboard.

Step 3: Pick a volunteer position.

Click on the tab that says ‘Event Days’ in blue to determine the day(s) you want to work. Click on the day to see the positions available. Under the ‘Information’ column you can see a position description, checklist, and training video by clicking on the blue icons. Under the ‘Status’ and ‘Action’ columns, you can see how many volunteers are needed and if the spots are full or available for sign up.

Step 4: Sign the USEF Participant Waiver and Release of Liability form.

Every volunteer must complete the USEF Participant Waiver and Release of Liability form. When you sign up to volunteer you will receive an email confirming your shift(s). That email will also include the waiver form. Click on the yellow button to complete the form.

Step 5: Come prepared (see the information below).

Event Address: 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511

Accommodations: For local hotels and camping information, please click here.

Arrival Times: These are noted in the "Shift" column next to each position. For now, it just says AM and PM. Once the entries are finalized and the schedule is set, the exact times for each shift will be posted.

What to Wear: Face masks are mandatory for all volunteer positions. Khaki pants and a white shirt are preferred, but not mandatory. Also, wear comfortable but sensible shoes.

What to Bring: Make sure to bring your own face mask. Other items to consider bringing include a chair, hand sanitizer, rain gear, sunscreen, bug spray, lip balm, hat, extra water, and snacks.

Volunteer Coordinators: Lynn Davis (859-533-5966) and Bev Henson (502-220-0187)

If you have any questions regarding volunteering at the AEC, please call Lynn Davis or Bev Henson at the numbers listed above or send an email to [email protected].

Volunteer updates and more information will be continuously posted on the AEC Volunteer page.

Planning on competing at the AEC? Entries open this upcoming Tuesday, July 14!

To view the qualification criteria for all AEC levels, click here. If you missed the announcement regarding the new qualification period, read the article here.

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For any questions, email [email protected].

About the USEA American Eventing Championships

The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds is the pinnacle of the sport for the national levels. Held annually, the best junior, adult amateur, and professional competitors gather to vie for national championship titles at every level from Beginner Novice to Advanced. This ultimate test of horse and rider draws hundreds of horses and riders from around the country to compete for fabulous prizes, a piece of the substantial prize money, and the chance to be named the National Champion at their respective levels. The 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held August 25-August 30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.

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