“Volunteers are the backbone of any successful competition and we couldn't run the events without their precious gift of their time,” the Eventing Discipline Manager for the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) Shelley Page said. Not only is Page the designated eventing manager for the 2018 WEG in Tryon, N.C., she is also the show organizer for the 2018 United States Eventing Association (USEA) American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colo.
As an advocate for the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP), Page stressed the importance of volunteers. In order to make volunteers feel appreciated, Page emphasized she does, “everything possible! I try to always thank them personally, I try to get gifts for them to take home, I listen to their input (good and bad), and I always let them know they are the best part of my team.”
Shelley Page took a moment out of her busy Volunteer Coordinator's schedule to participate in the "horse" race at the 2017 American Eventing Championships. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
Her team is assembled with the help of the VIP app which will be used at the 2018 AEC to organize volunteers. This is the second time in a row the AEC has used the VIP app, and in 2017 the AEC proved to be an influential event to shift the Volunteer leaderboard. “The best thing about utilizing the VIP app is it keeps all of the volunteer information in one place. I always add my volunteer coordinator(s) and volunteer leads (dressage, XC, show jumping, VIP, etc.) so they can easily manage their groups of volunteers, but I can [also] check in and see all that is being done,” explained Page.
“I insist on using the app, as I do so many events a year. It's the easiest way to keep track of all of people at all of my events!” Grand Oaks Horse Trials in Fla., Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field in S.C., The Fork Horse Trials in N.C., Mars Essex Horse Trials in N.J., Ocala Jockey Club in Fla., Poplar Place Horse Trials in Ga., and the Wellington Eventing Showcase in Fla., are just a few of the numerous events Page organizes every year.
Page shares a similar mindset as Loch Moy Farm’s Carolyn Mackintosh in that volunteers are an integral part of a successful event. USEA/Claire Kelley Photo.
As a show organizer extraordinaire, Page has heard the good, the bad, and the reluctant comments about the VIP app. “I so often hear that events don't want to try the app because their volunteers won't use it. The user of the app can add people into the system and then easily talk volunteer through the sign-up process or there is a great, very easy to follow tutorial on [EventingVolunteers.com] to walk anyone through how to use the program. I can't emphasize enough how amazing the customer service is if you need assistance, make changes, or have suggestions for the app.”
“It's all a continued work in progress and we are all helping build it together.”
To help become the backbone of our sport, find the next volunteer opportunity at EventingVolunteers.com.
About the Volunteer Incentive Program
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.
Virginia Horse Center Eventing, presented by Capital Square, wrapped up on May 28 after a fun-filled weekend of top competition. The Virginia Horse Center welcomed riders of all levels from Olympic to beginner eventers.
The course updates and world class officials made the inaugural VHC Eventing memorable. The entire VHC Eventing management team and the Virginia Horse Center appreciate all who competed at this weekend's event, and we look forward to welcoming you back in November!
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
The German Training Scale (GTS) is a system of evaluating and prioritizing the way of going of the horse in work and should be used to determine where you start your daily program. The Familiarization Phase of rhythm and relaxation are followed by the Developing of Propulsion Phase introducing connection and impulsion with straightness and collection in the Development of Carrying Power. The clearer the basics of rhythm, relaxation, and connection are established, the easier impulsion, straightness, and collection can be added.
The USEA Classic Series is going strong thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of event organizers who are committed to the thrill of long-format eventing. Dr. Christel Carlson, M.D. is one of the biggest champions of the program. A former competitor, she continues to contribute countless hours to the USEA as an organizer, judge (R), volunteer, and member of multiple committees. She is the owner of Spokane Sport Horse Farm in Spokane, Washington, which hosts two USEA recognized events each year. The facility’s fall event, which closes out the season in Area VII, includes Classic Three-Day divisions at the Beginner Novice, Novice and Training levels.