Volunteer Nation: These 7 Events Need Your Help This Weekend

USEA CEO Rob Burk, a frequent eventing volunteer himself, stops to thank jump judges at the 2017 AEC in Tryon. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

If you have some spare time this weekend between rides or if you have a rare horse show-free weekend ahead of you, you might consider putting in some volunteer hours at your local event. At any given event, your time will always be useful and appreciated. Plus, with resources such as EventingVolunteers.com, you can find opportunities to help all in one spot. If your local event isn’t listed on EventingVolunteers.com, chances are they may still need help! Reach out via the event or facility’s Facebook page or keep an eye out for volunteer coordinators hustling the troops on social media.

Here are seven events and clinics coming up this weekend that could use your help. Remember, the USEA wants to reward you for putting in volunteer hours! Not only do events run on the backs of volunteers, but there are some serious perks up for grabs for volunteers through the Volunteer Incentive Program!

Here are seven USEA events that need your help this weekend. Click on the event name for more info, and keep an eye on eventingvolunteers.com for future listings in your area.

Event: 2019 FEH Qualifier/Jump Chute Clinic at Loch Moy Farm
Date(s) volunteers needed: Friday, September 27
Address: 1235 Park Mills Road, Adamstown, MD, 21710
Positions available: Office Help, Scorers

Event: 2019 FEH East Coast Championship at Loch Moy Farm
Date(s) volunteers needed: Saturday, September 28 – Sunday, September 29
Address: 1235 Park Mills Road, Adamstown, MD, 21710
Positions available: In Gate Steward, Jump Chute Assistant, Score Runner, FEH Conformation Scribe

Event: Surefire Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Saturday, September 28 – Sunday, September 29
Address: 20490 St. Louis Rd., Purcellville, VA, 20132
Positions available: Jump Judges, XC Warm Up, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage In Gate Steward, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Scribe, Parking Steward, Jump Crew, SJ Timer, SJ Scribe

Event: Stable View Aiken Oktoberfest Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Today through Sunday, September 29
Address: 117 Stable Dr, Aiken, SC, 29801
Positions available: Event Prep, Merchandise Sales, Shuttle Drivers, Parking Steward, Vet Box Assistant, Vet Scribe, Dressage Gate Opener, Dressage Warm Up, Floater, Hospitality Helper, Pooper-Scooper (hey, someone has to do it!), Parking Cars, SJ Warm Up, XC Jump Judge

Event: Larkin Hill Autumn Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Thursday, September 26 – Monday, September 30
Address: 515 County Route 312, North Chatham, NY, 12132
Positions available: Event Prep – Dressage, Stadium Set-up, XC Prep, Competitor Dinner Set-up, Hospitality Prep, General Help, Stabling Check-in and Trailer Parking, XC Finish Timer, XC Jump Judge, XC Steward, XC Water Distribution, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Steward, Hospitality Helper, Volunteer Check-in and Information, Parking Steward, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Score Runner, SJ Steward, Event Takedown – XC, Event Takedown – SJ, Event Takedown – Dressage

Event: Pine Hill GHCTA Schooling Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Saturday, September 28 – Sunday, September 29
Address: 1720 Hwy 159 East, Bellville, TX, 77418
Positions available: XC Crossing Guard, XC Jump Judge, XC Pinney Collector, Scoring Steward, Secretary, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Scribe

Event: Marlborough Unrecognized Starter Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Sunday, September 29
Address: Rosaryville State Park, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772
Positions available: XC Jump Judge, XC On-Course Timer, XC Score Runner, XC Starter, XC Warm-up, Dressage Scribe, Dressage Steward, Hospitality Helper, Safety Steward, Parking Cars, SJ Announcer, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Out Gate, SJ Scribe