Volunteers: The Heart of Our Sport

Eventing competitions right up to the Olympics rely on volunteers to keep competitions fun, safe, and exciting. No prior experience is necessary; just a desire to get involved with a sport that celebrates horses and riders of all ages. Give us the chance to match you with the right job!!

Waredaca provides an orientation each morning before the competition begins which will help in completely understanding assignments.  Plus there are staff members and officials to answer questions and provide other details necessary to have a fun and enjoyable day.

2018 Dates:  April 21, June 2,3, 9; August 18, 19; October 26-28 and November 3

 

Liz Schroeder remains our Volunteer Coordinator who can be reached at lizskips520@gmail.com.

Jessica Jones is our Volunteer Support specialist, in addition to her Awards Chair duties.

Linda Cosgrove is the recruit coordinator for our Goshen Hunt volunteers.

Our NEW Waredaca Volunteer Logo now highlights YOU!! Our wonderful volunteers!!

It has been printed on the NEW Volunteer VESTS.

Upon arrival, all Volunteers will receive our NEW vests from your phase chair and are to wear it while doing your volunteer job. Wearing these vests will help our riders and visitors to identify you as a resource for information about the competition, the farm as well as recognizing you doing your job for the event weekend!

At each competition…there will be 10 drawings done by Jessica Jones for smoothie coupons. Listen for your name!!

AND a drawing for two $50 restaurant certificates at the conclusion of each competition! Be sure to check in to see who won! It could be YOU!!

Continuing on the 2017 success of the Area 2 VIP program, the Waredaca Leaderoard will be in effect for 2018! Be sure to register your hours with Jessica Jones to ensure that your hours are properly credited to you. The volunteer with the highest number of Waredaca volunteer hours at the end of the year will receive $250 and our lovely perpetual trophy.  USEA Area 2 will continue their VIP leaderboard too. See www.eventingvolunteers.com for details.

Now is the time to get started! to be in the running for the Waredaca Volunteer of the Year and the USEA National Volunteer Recognition Program … sign up at the link above.

The Waredaca BUCKS program has also changed.  The Area 2 Event Organizers recently shared their specific volunteer programs for all to compare and contrast.  There was much discussion of volunteering in general, and the various means of ‘thanking’ each of you for your time and efforts:  logo wear, hospitality, rewards and so on.  And many ‘old school’ who feel that part of volunteering is simply to support the organizing facility, personnel and the sport itself.

Our program was one of the strongest, in the sense of what was being compensated.   Actually there was only one other event in our area that rewarded BUCKS to the extent that we did; quite a few events do not offer a ‘bucks’ type of return, a reward form that fits riders and non-riders alike. And many of you choose not to use your BUCKS.

After much consideration and based on this summary of current practices of our local event organizers, we have made the following modifications to our BUCKS program:

Waredaca BUCKS will be rewarded at the following rate of exchange, based on hours exclusively worked in the Volunteer Job:

  • $25 for 4 hours
  • $35 for up to 7 hours
  • $50 for more than 7 hours

Jessica Jones, at the Awards table near the corner show office, dispenses the Waredaca Bucks when you check out with her. Be sure to do so as this is the only time BUCKS will be available to volunteers—the actual day of the competition.

There will be an expiration date on the BUCKS …for lessons and board-60 days from the date earned; for other services or options, i.e. XC schooling or logowear, 12 months from the date earned.

For our younger volunteers, those ages 15 and under, you are WAREDACA AMBASSADORS

…If you are chosen as a special Waredaca Volunteer Ambassador and work at least half a day, you will earn:

  • A special ball cap with your title
  • A $37.50 credit towards one lesson
  • Job opportunities are limited.  If interested, contact Liz.

Our head of Hospitality, Laura Brown, continues to keep us all happy with her cheerful smile and great ideas!

Helen Casteel, our Sponsorship Chair has once again procured our sponsored Volunteer T-shirts! Always a limited quantity so be sure to sign up to volunteer soon rather than later!! These are available from Jessica Jones at the awards table.

Thank you again for supporting us, each other and this wonderful sport of eventing!