Even if you aren’t competing, there is so much to do and learn at an event. One great way to learn is to sit behind a camera and shoot pictures all day. It exposes you to a large number of horses and riders at all levels and gives you something to compare and contrast at the end of the day. Another great way is to volunteer as a jump judge. Events simply cannot run without jump judges. Not only do you get to watch horse and rider combinations tackle cross country questions, but you also get the satisfaction of giving back to the Eventing community. If you are at Morven Park this weekend, they have decided to run cross country and are absolutely in need of jump judges.
U.S. Weekend Action:
One of Woodside’s own has been tragically affected by the Tassajara Fires, here in California. Cassie Harkins has played a tremendous role in the eventing community, not only as a Woodside volunteer but as head volunteer steward for cross-country. Cassie has been devoting her time long before many of us began competing at Woodside and has worn many hats, acting as the show secretary, course decorator, and chief caterer. Unfortunately, Cassie and her mother both lost their houses in the fire along with all of their possessions. Luckily, they were both physically unharmed as well as her beloved dog and they are currently living with her sister. The crew at Woodside has taken up a collection to buy her a Visa gift card to replace any immediate needs she may have. There is a collection jar in the show office where people may contribute with cash or check payable to Julie White. Any generosity will help Cassie through this tough time. We appreciate all of your generous donations to help Cassie get back on her feet! [Help Cassie Out]
Sunday Video: Not going to lie, I’ll take a fire cracker of a pony over the best full size horse any day of the week. They’re just more fun! I think we need to take a page from the Europeans and get something like this going!