This past weekend was the spring two-phase at the barn that I ride at. A two-phase is dressage and stadium jumping, the third phase that will be added in for future shows is cross country. I usually volunteer to scribe for the dressage judge which is really fun, but definitely hard work. You write furiously, trying to make sure that you get every comment and score as the dressage judge watches the dressage test. Our judge for this show was Lainey Johnson, and she is awesome. I love scribing for her because I learn so much, and she is just a lovely lady to hang out with too. The shows at my barn are schooling shows, so they are affordable, and just great opportunities to get some showing experience at a very low key, informal event. Once dressage finished up, I helped score the stadium jumping rounds. The spring show is the first show for many horses and riders coming out of winter hibernation, so its a great step to prepping for the rest of the summer shows. We only had 3 errors in dressage, and only one person came off in stadium. There were quite a few refusals in stadium, but in a schooling show the rider can finish even if they get eliminated and you can pay for an extra round and try the course again too. Its supposed to be a positive learning experience 🙂 Here are some pics from the day!
Even if you are just getting into horseback riding and you aren’t ready or can’t afford to show, volunteering at shows can be a really fun way to learn and get involved. You get to know people from your barn and that camaraderie can really be a positive part of your time spent at the barn. Saturday was just a beautiful day too, can’t complain about getting to spend a lot of it outside watching children and adults chasing their dreams on horseback 🙂 Have I inspired anyone to get out there and start riding or just volunteer their time at a barn? I hope so, riding and spending time at the barn has saved me from many a bad day.
4 thoughts on “Volunteering for my barn’s spring two-phase!”
It’s on my summer bucket list to volunteer at a horse trial! My barn doesn’t do in-house competitions, but it would be very cool to be a scribe or a jump judge one of these days.
Awesome!! It seems like events are always looking for volunteers, so I am sure you will be able to check this off your list. Another really fun thing to do on a nice day is help with x-country; I helped with timing once and got to see everyone’s triumphant finish haha. Thanks for reading!
Every time you have an equestrian-related post, my need to learn about horses grows!!! Although I think in my head I am really just thinking of Icelandic ponies because they are me-sized horses with a flair for hair haha. Do you find that people get involved later in life?
Yes of course! I didn’t start riding until my first year out of college 🙂 Its never too late to start riding! A lady that comes to our shows has a little fjord pony, its so cute, and totally has some flair for hair haha