2018 Volunteer Challenge

July Volunteer Challenge Winner

Sorry for the delay. Wednesday’s I work at the hospital instead of my private office and I can’t do things like blog or buy horse items. Go figure that they frown upon that. And then yesterday…I don’t know. I’ve been in a funk in general in life lately. But today I got down to it, did some shopping around to come up with something worthy of winning and plugged the names into the random name picker thing.

This month saw four people getting out there and getting it done putting in a total of 14:35 hours during one of the hottest months of the year:

Sarah O

Congrats to all of you for finding the time to help out. I hope you all had great volunteering experiences. July was a random drawing for a prize worth around $20 and the winner this month is:

Screen grab from the online name picker thingy

Sarah O, please send me your address at agemofahorse at gmail dot com and I will get it ordered and potentially shipped directly to you.

What did you win?

A summer pack to get you through the dog days and into to the fall including a grooming bath mitt, a sweat scraper and fly wipes.

Hopefully a nice bath and getting rid of pesky flies will make the rest of summer more enjoyable

Thanks for participating! August has already begun, get out there and volunteer!

2018 Volunteer Challenge

Volunteer Challenge – July Drawing

July is coming to a close next week which means another $20 prize up for grabs in a random drawing for anyone who donated any hours in July.

I have family coming in to town Friday- Tuesday, so I won’t be publishing posts during that time, so this is your call to get those hours in by 11:59 pm Tuesday July 31st.

So far I have the following:

Emma – 15 hours
Nadia – 6 hours
Betsy – 4 hours

Don’t worry, everyone has an equal chance no matter how many hours you donated, so if there is an event this weekend near you go out and get some time spent on the ground lending a hand where needed.

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Quarter 2 Winner!

Wow!! The second quarter showed a big jump in not only total hours volunteered, but in the number of individual participants which isn’t too surprising since a lot of the country isn’t thawed out yet by the end of the first quarter. I’m very happy to see the numbers go up though!!!

Just some quick business stuff to attend to. While anything to do with horse showing is greatly appreciated by all who are involved, for this competition I am only counting those hours spent during a show helping to run that show. This means things like scoring, running, driving the golf cart, jump crew, scribe etc… For the scope of this competition duties performed outside of the show itself, such as prize lists and board meetings, are not counted. It doesn’t mean those are not appreciated, but that isn’t the focus of this competition. Keep giving back though!!!

Also please when you give me your hours list the job you performed and the venue. I’m trying to collect data and it is really hard when all I get is “2 hours!”. Thanks!!

Tiniest baby catfish 

Quarter 2 saw a total of 123.5 hours donated by 11 people!!! Congrats to all of you for ditching the saddle time and getting out there helping!!!

Here is the breakdown of those who participated this quarter:

Emma: 34 hours
Bette: 23 hours
Sarah O: 18 hours
Amy: 16 hours
Emily: 9 hours
Nadia: 6.5 hours
KC, Olivia and David: 4 hours each
Carly: 3 hours
Amanda: 2 hours

That means that EMMA is the second quarter winner with 34 total hours spent on the ground at shows. Congrats Emma!!!

So I must admit selecting prizes for you was a bit tricky. You already won a candle and the Road ID, so I needed to find something that you didn’t already have but was worthwhile and around $50. It took a while, which is why this post is delayed, but I finally came up with something that I hope you will like.

But you’ll have to wait until it shows up at your door!! I have a bit of work to do in ordering it yet so be patient with me. I hope the wait will be worth it.

A certain someone got all tacked up last night for the first time in weeks. I sure did miss riding the big orange guy.

For everyone else, don’t stop now. We are only halfway through the year and a lot of places are slowing down for the summer. July will be another random drawing, so anyone who volunteers for at least 1 hour this month will be entered to win a $20 gift. The hours keep totaling up for the year end awards, so even if you haven’t been able to get out yet you still have plenty of time to rack up hours and win. In case you have forgotten the grand prize is an embroidered cooler with a reserve champion getting a leather halter. So…get your butt in gear and get out there!!!!

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Quarter 2 Volunteer challenge Call For Hours

Look another quarter has flown by which also marks the halfway point of the year. I’ve been having a lot of fun running this little year long challenge and I hope everyone who has participated has been enjoying themselves as well. I know all the events you have given your weekends too have appreciated it immensely.

The end of the second quarter marks another $50 prize package to the person who put in the most hours during that quarter. There is still one weekend left (well, technically only Saturday) to get out there and put in the time to win.

So far in June I have:

Emma: 12.5 hours
Emily : 9 hours

If you volunteered during June and haven’t gotten your hours to me yet, please do by midnight on the 30th.

For the entire quarter:

Emma: 34 hours
Bette: 23 hours
Amy: 16 hours
Emily: 9 hours
KC: 4 hours
Olivia: 4 hours
Olivia’s Husband: 4 hours

I really want to thank all seven of you for getting out there this quarter. Even if you haven’t been able to get out yet, don’t worry! There are still six months to go with four more random drawings, one more quarter prize and then the year end prizes. Plenty of time to get hours in and win!



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May Volunteer Challenge Winner

Sorry for the delay. Friday was extremely busy at work and I ran out of time. But never fear the results are in!

May was the busiest month with 5 entrants!! Yay!!! Emma had texted me bowing out of the drawing having won two previous times which left Bette, Amy, Olivia and her Hubby in the random drawing.

may names

The winner is:

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This month is really starting to heat up so I focused my search on ways to keep cool in the summer. Bette you get two items this month totaling around $20. Please email me your address at agemofahorse at gmail dot com so I can order and get them shipped directly to you.

This pad is a life saver during the summer. You soak it, wring it out and it stays ice cold all day long. Keep it in your cooler during a lesson or a show and wrap it around your neck between rides to stave off heat stroke. 
And for Chimi (and the rest of the gang) is a Himalayan salt block. Our three are devouring their salt block already this summer as the heat has arrived. 

For everyone else, thanks for giving your time back to the sport of your choice! These events, in any discipline, can’t happen without people giving their time.

June is the end of the second quarter. The prize is based on the person with the highest number of hours for that quarter and is valued at $50. The standings for the quarter looks like this to date:

Bette – 23
Emma – 21.5
Amy – 16
KC – 4
Olivia – 4
Her Husband – 4

There are five weekends in June with plenty of opportunity to get out there. The race is pretty close this quarter, so get out there and get your hours logged!

2018 Volunteer Challenge

May Volunteer Hours

It’s that time of the month again! No, not that time. It’s time to pick a winner and give out a prize!

I have Emma (13 hours), Amy (8 hours) and Bette (13 hours) down for getting hours this month. Anyone else????

Remember the monthly drawing is purely random so even one hour gets you in!

I’ll pick the winner on Friday, so get your hours in to be by midnight.

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April Volunteer Challenge Winner

This month saw the most diversity in volunteering with a total of 30.5 hours given back and four participants getting out there!! Emma, Amy, Bette and KC you are all awesome!

Thank you for everyone who has participated thus far and for the rest of you – GET OUT THERE!!!

April is a random drawing month with everyone who submitted any amount of hours getting an equal chance at winning the prize of roughly $20 value. I put all four names in the online random name draw thing and the winner is:



Congrats on the win! I already have your info from your February win and this month I decided to go a little different route.

Your prize for getting out there and getting it done is a $20 gift card to Road ID. If you aren’t familiar, these are custom wrist bands that contain your medical information and emergency contact information. I have one and love it. I rarely ride away from home without it on and I know all the shows around me allow it in place of the arm band. While I generally do not like gift cards, I do not know what information you would want on it or what style you would prefer. The card should cover the basic band and plaque and I am pretty sure there are coupon codes out there (the sponsor The Bad Eventer if you follow her and I think Amanda had a post about a code as well at one point). I’ll forward the e gift card your way!

May starts today, so everyone else, step up and get your volunteering in. This month should mark full blown competition in all regions for pretty much all disciplines. No excuses!!! Give back to the sports you love.




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The Month Got Away From Me: Get Your April Hours In

Ah!!! How is it already April 30th?!! I have 9 days until my boards and then my regular life can resume. Some of you have already submitted hours via other posts this month, (Emma, Bette and Amy), but if you have been out there donating your time and haven’t please respond here and I will get everything updated tonight. The challenge page is not update accurately, but my spreadsheet is so once the April clock closes I will get that corrected.

The winner for April is drawn at random and will get a prize valued roughly $20. I’ll draw it tomorrow morning and post the winner.

Get those hours in and get out there in May and volunteer!!

2018 Volunteer Challenge

Volunteer Challenge First Quarter Winner

The first quarter flew by and saw four people getting out there and helping out at local events. I want to thank Amanda, Emma, Nadia and Bette for making the time to help out. I know not every region had events during the first quarter and I anticipate a lot more competition now that most of the country is thawing out and warming up.

As a reminder the quarterly award goes to the person with the most hours volunteered during that quarter. It was looking like a tight race between Amanda and Emma, but in the end the winner is:

AMANDA with 17 hours!!!

Congrats Amanda on putting in so many hours during the winter months. For your efforts you will receive a prize package worth roughly $50.

While I do not enjoy shopping for myself, shopping for others gives me great joy and as such I didn’t want to give a random and completely impersonal gift card or basket of uselessness. However, this is Amanda and she has pretty much everything coupled with infinitely better taste than I will ever have.

I wracked my brain, or what remains of it, all weekend to come up with something that she might find useful and/or actually use. A good bit of stalking her blog also commenced although I have been following for a year or so now anyway. I think I came up with some good items to reward her volunteer spirit.

Amanda, here is your prize package:

First, I recalled a post you wrote stressing a tiny bit over what to feed Presto once you got him home and while I know he is already with you now (or should be by the time Monday rolls around) I thought this might help you out:

A one month subscription for both your boys to FeedXl. This is an online tool that allows you to input all consumables for your horse to analyze potential deficits and needs. I know nothing about baby horses, so hopefully this provides some help, plus geeking out over numbers is always fun. I’ll need to create the account in your name, so please email me at agemofahorse at gmail dot com with the account name and password of your choice as well as the email address you would like it attached to.

That still left half the prize package which gets you:

This super cute and probably way too honest mug:


And last is a custom stick horse print of you and Henny (which pictures I pilfered from your blog is a surprise tho). These really caught my eye and looked so darn cute. Here is an example of a non custom print:

Picture from the Giddyup Studio Etsy store

If you can email me your mailing address and the info needed to set up the online account, I’ll get everything ordered and out the door to you although the custom print will take some time to arrive.

April is another monthly drawing which is completely random. It doesn’t matter if you volunteered 1 hour or 100, everyone who submits hours to me by the end of the month has an equal chance to win. Also, while the overall numbers add up throughout the entire year, each quarter starts back at zero, so the 2nd quarter prize is now beginning. Get out there and volunteer!!

2018 Volunteer Challenge

Two Weekends Left in Q1

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!