NODA RECOGNIZED SHOWS
Requires friendly and energetic
individuals. Some responsibilities include: transportation of
officials, morning coffee and donuts, and exhibitors party. Also,
the Hospitality Committee helps plan the Year-End Awards Banquet.
The Paddock Steward keeps track of horses
arriving to the warm-up ring and maintains safety. Many riders
will ask the Paddock Steward the official time, if the show is on time,
and which horses go before
them. It helps to have a loud voice!
Ribbons & Test Pick-Up
Many volunteers enjoy this job, as you get to
talk to everyone! Volunteers help riders when they come up to pick up
tests and any ribbons he or she won. Good organization skills are
a must, since it's very easy to get tests and ribbons mixed up!
Ring Steward and Bit Check
The Ring Steward and Bit Checker are often
the same person. The Ring Steward is responsible for the proper
horse going to the correct ring. The Ring Steward also closes any
gates to the ring if necessary. After each horse completes the
test the bit, whip, and spurs are checked. Knowledge of legal
equipment is necessary. The USA Equestrian Rule Book details legal
Runners are often energetic individuals that
are responsible for getting scored test sheets from the judges to the
scorers, then to the test pick-up area. Judges will often ask
runners to bring a bottle of water etc.
Scribing is an excellent opportunity to
refine your dressage skills and learn what a judge is looking for.
During breaks, many judges enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience,
and can give you valuable training tips.
Some tips to help you make the most of the opportunity:
- Arrive early enough to check the test forms to ensure that none
are missing. Be sure to check that the tests are in the right
- Take a few minutes to look over any tests that you are unfamiliar
- Most judges take a moment before the first test to explain their
method of giving comments. If they don't - Ask!
- Make sure to match the number of the horse entering the arena with
the rider's test sheet.
- Inform the judge when there is a change of test.
- At the end of each test, remind the judge to any initial score
changes. After he or she finishes the collective marks, check
to make sure the judge has signed it.
abbreviations - limit them to those that are easily
questioning your ability, volunteer for a few Schooling Shows before
attempting the FEI tests!
Remember that organizers always try to ensure the comfort of
judges (and scribes!).
Sometimes this is included in
the Tabulator Job. A scorer calculates the percentages of each test.
Math Skills are very handy for this job. At some shows, Scorers
also post scores on the scoreboard.
Set-Up and Clean-Up
The Set-Up group of volunteers are the first
to arrive at the show grounds (usually the day before the show
starts). They set up the competitions rings, stabling charts,
signs, and generally get the grounds ready for the first competitor to
arrive. The Clean-Up group takes down arenas, throws trash out,
and packs up horse show items in order to leave the facility better than
it was found.