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Thank you to our volunteers!

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator:

Amanda Gifford

To view brief job descriptions, please click on the job titles below.

  • The Stewards’ Assistants are adults who support the Nonnewaug High School student Ring and Warm-up Stewards.  The stewards are well trained, and work very hard, but sometimes need an adult voice to get a clear message across.  Understanding the timing of dressage shows is key to assisting the Stewards. Understanding the needs of competitors and their coaches is also important.  This is a wonderful position to get to see the horses and riders as they warm up and compete. Stewards’ Assistants are needed each day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  

  • The Equitation Ring Master is the voice of the judge, so these volunteers need to have clear voices that carry a fair distance outside.  A working knowledge of dressage terms as well as how group equitation classes operate will be helpful. Different judges use their Ring Masters in different ways, but for the most part, the Ring Master gives the group of riders the commands and directions the judge wants to convey.  The Equitation classes are offered on Saturday.

  • Being an Equitation Scribe is an amazing opportunity to hear the thoughts of judges looking at groups of dressage riders.  You will be recording the judge’s comments and scores about each competitor, not on specific test movements.  You must work quickly, accurately, legibly, and quietly. A working knowledge of dressage and an understanding of how group classes are paced will make this job easier!  The Equitation classes are offered on Saturday.

  • If you have never been a Dressage Test Scribe before, it is a challenging but rewarding opportunity.  For those with Scribe experience, we need you! For those who have never scribed before, but have good note-taking skills and a fair amount of dressage knowledge, we still have scribe positions to be filled.  Scribes are needed for every test, from the Musical Freestyle to Leadline, FEI to walk-trot, and don’t forget the Prix Caprilli and Dressage Trail!

    A Scribe allows the judge to keep his/her eyes on the ride at all times while still giving feedback on every part of the test to the competitor.  Judges depend upon the scribe to quickly, accurately, legibly, and quietly record the scores and comments made for each movement. Scribes are needed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

    As a dressage test is like a written riding lesson/training session, scribing is just as educational!

    For the best “how to scribe” information, please review the USDF Guide for Scribes (https://www.usdf.org/docs/ShowFlash/web/GeneralInfo/Before/GuideforScribes.pdf).

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator:

Amanda Gifford

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