There are two weekends left before the end of the first quarter which gives you all plenty of opportunity to scour the internet for shows to lend your hand at. Debating entering a show or not? Why not volunteer instead! A friend or significant other is showing and you aren’t? Go with them and donate your time while they compete. A local barn is hosting a schooling show that doesn’t fit into your competition schedule? Donate a few hours to help out. They will love you for it as will all those who wouldn’t be able to compete if the show couldn’t be put on.
As of right now the leaderboard is as follows:
$900 Facebook Pony: 17 hours
‘Fraidy Cat Eventing: 11 hours
3 Day Adventures with Horses: 3 hours
Remember the first quarter prize is a package of horse related items I feel like buying (with an attempt to get something the winner will actually maybe like) worth up to $50 and is based on the number of hours volunteered for that quarter.
With two weekends to go there is still a lot of opportunity to donate your time and upset the leaderboard.
Next time you do show pay attention to the number of volunteers from registration to bit checkers to ring stewards to timers to jump judges to scribes to the random helpers running everywhere and realize that the show simply could not be put on without these people giving up their own free time and chances to compete to be there. Please do your part to give back and lend a hand.
Entries close at 12 midnight 3-31/4-1 and I’ll announce the winner the next Monday so get out there and give back!