While Diane Bird was always involved with horses, Art Bird didn’t quite know what he was getting himself into when her married her. Now, this dynamic duo is one of the most active in the sport when it comes to volunteering and both Diane and Art are sitting in the top five on the USEA Volunteer of the Year Leaderboard.
The FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina have brought together over 800 equestrian athletes and 860 horses from 71 different countries to compete in eight different disciplines in the only event of its kind in the world. The volunteers it requires to stage an event like the WEG are numbered in the thousands, with hundreds of different roles that many equestrians don’t typically think of when they think of horse show volunteers.
Kristin Hogan was not always involved in the horse world and she did not grow up around horses either. In fact, she played tennis and practiced law until her two daughters came along. It was these two girls, Maddie and Mallory, who inspired Kristin to become more involved in the horse community.
Jump judging is a position that enables volunteers to watch cross-country firsthand from the comfort of their seat. The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program Committee has created six educational volunteer videos on jump judging.
As of August 22, 2018, there are 19,800 hours recorded by 1,577 volunteers across the country at EventingVolunteers.com. Eventers can be strong, hardworking athletes, but the support behind the sport is just as hardworking if not ‘harder-working.’ Of those 1,577 volunteers, USEA Area II volunteers are the ones on top of every leaderboard.
This month’s volunteer of the month, Lefreda Williams, is more than just a volunteer. She is not only a pillar of the eventing community in Southern Pines, North Carolina and beyond, but she has also been volunteering and competing in the sport longer than most.
“Volunteers are the backbone of any successful competition and we couldn't run the events without their precious gift of their time,” the Eventing Discipline Manager for the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) Shelley Page said.
The 2018 United States Eventing Association (USEA) American Eventing Championships (AEC) are just around the corner! This year, the AEC will make history as it celebrates its 15th year while moving to the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.
Beth Stoker has been around horses for almost her entire life. She began riding as a teenager in the hunter and jumper rings but when a judge told her, “Your horse will never do well in the hunter world,” she made the switch to eventing. The rest, they say, is history.
Calling all competitors, spectators, organizers, volunteers, and officials! The United States Eventing Association (USEA) Volunteer Committee has released a survey in efforts to improve the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program. The survey was created to seek feedback regarding interest in volunteer education opportunities.
“Up with the sun and never done,” is Carolyn Mackintosh’s personal motto. Mackintosh is one of the founders of the United States Eventing Association’s (USEA) Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP), a pioneer for the Eventing Volunteers app, owner of Loch Moy Farm, and organizer for every show at her farm including the Maryland Horse Trials (MDHT), combined tests, dressage and schooling shows, and the Twilight Eventing series.