I have a confession to make: I’ve never volunteered at an event.
Not that I haven’t wanted to. I know events couldn’t run without volunteers and I always make sure to thank volunteers at events I compete at. But there are only 2 venues under an hour from me, and neither of those use volunteers since they’re family run. Most venues that I go to are 2+ hours away and if I’m going there it’s to, ya know, compete. Especially this last year where P and I so badly needed to just get out and do all the things.
But I also feel like there’s a lot to be learned from volunteering so maybe missing out on competing wouldn’t be the absolute end of the world. I’d love to scribe for dressage for sure. And while running a warm up ring seems more like herding cats, I think that’d be interesting as well. I’m not sure I have the attention span to be an XC jump judge, though.
There are a couple upcoming CTs at Carolina Horse Park, which is just over 2 hours from me. I have no interest in hauling that far for just a CT, and so far have no conflicts with their Feb date so that might be a good place to start. But it just seems like a lot of driving, especially since my vehicle is an F-350 dually.
My main conundrum is that my weekends are often full. If I’m not at a show, I can usually be found on a trail somewhere with barn friends. And if I’m not doing horse stuff, I’m, ya know, with my family.
So tell me…do you volunteer? How often? Favorite job? How far do you/will you travel to volunteer? Inquiring minds want to know!