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!!
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:
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!!
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.
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!
This entire challenge was set up to give people an incentive to get out there and volunteer. Point chase so to speak. I’m not so sure if that is working or not, but it is early in the season and I am enjoying the process. Both Emma and Amanda got out there and did the thing this month and I am so happy to see bloggers giving back. While I’d love to give everyone a prize, I can’t afford to so the randomizer was employed to pick a winner from our two go geters this month.
The winner is……
Emma, please email me your address at agemofahorse at gmail dot com and I will get your prize sent out directly to you.
I’m trying hard to get to know each blogger and send something semi personal-ish. Within the budget of under $20 that is. For you Emma, I chose a candle from Grey Horse Candles in Show Day scent to get you pumped for when Sir Chuckles is back in action.
I’ll get it ordered and shipped to you as soon as I get your address.
But wait, there’s more!!!
Amanda is kicking butt out there with a whopping 17 hours of volunteerism this year. Emma is in second with 6 and Nadia is in third with 3. March is a big month folks. Not only do a lot of areas start ramping up, but it is the end of the first quarter which means the first hour based winner will be chosen in place of the monthly award (I can’t do both until that money tree starts sprouting in my yard :). The quarterly award is based on the most hours given back that quarter and right now Amanda is winning by a landslide! This package is worth $50, so get out there in March and start donating those hours. There are still plenty of weekends left this month!!
Feel the excitement for volunteering? No. Well, you should!!
For those of you participating in the challenge get those hours submitted for the month of February to be eligible for the drawing. This is a random drawing worth up to $20. So far, I have Emma with 8 hours for the month which makes for a pretty easy random drawing 🙂
So get those hours submitted to me by 2/28/18 at midnight. Drawing will be held 3/1/18!
This prize is around $20 each time and this month it is a cell phone holder in what I believe is your color (after stalking your blog pictures for a bit)….
Please send me your mailing address at agemofahorse at gmail dot com and I will order it straight to your door!
Don’t worry if you don’t have any hours to submit yet. It is way early in the year and plenty of time to get them worked and in. February’s random drawing is open and ready, so get out there, get those hours in and submitted to me.
Thank you to everyone who signed up! I was a bit nervous posting it. I would have felt like a big loser with no friends had nobody signed up 🙂 Hopefully this becomes the motivation people need to get out and donate their time back to the sport they love.
Below is a list of everyone I have that signed up. If you signed up but are missing from the list, please let me know and I’ll add you. There are 12 on the list which will make it a fun contest for the year!!
A page has been created as well where I will post points as they come in and act as a way for you guys to double check me and make sure I don’t miss anything.
I’ll post reminders as we go to help you guys send in your activity for the drawings. Remember, prizes are given monthly and quarterly! You can submit on any blog post, by emailing me at agemofahorse at gmail dot com or by commenting on the page itself. Lots of chances to submit and win!
If anyone has volunteer hours to submit for January, get on it and be eligible for the first random drawing to take place on 2/1/18!