Volunteering Information

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers, without you our sport and competitions would not be possible!

If you’d like to get involved we’d love to hear from you! Whether you’ve volunteered before, have equestrian knowledge but are new to volunteering at Eland, or have no horse knowledge, there’s a volunteer role to suit you.

As well as having a great day out, our volunteers get a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner provided, and receive a facility voucher which can be used to hire the XC course, arena or in the shop.

Dressage Writing

This role involves:
Essential to the running of our Unaffiliated, Affiliated, BE and One Day Event Dressage, our dressage writers sit with the judges and are responsible for taking down the comments and the marks given by the judge for each test. For those wishing to improve their dressage scores, writing gives a fantastic insight to what a dressage judge is looking for. Dressage writers are usually given a 4 hour slot, so it’s great if you’ve only got limited time.

If you’d like to get a taste of what’s involved take a look at the BD interactive writers training package.

This role would suit:
Neat handwriting a definite advantage! This is a great way for dressage enthusiast to understand how a judge sees a dressage test and where points are awarded. A basic understanding of dressage is required for this role.

Fence Judging

This role involves:
Fence judges are allocated a particular fence either individually or with a friend/partner. Fence Judges are responsible for the scoring and timing of their fence and need to ensure the safety or riders and spectators near their fence. Briefing for this role is given on the morning of an event and you have radio contact and checks throughout the day!

This role would suit:
If you like to be out and about and have an interest in the cross country element of eventing then this role is for you! Bring a friend or your partner and have a great action packed horsey day out! You don’t need specific equine knowledge for this role.

Score Collector

This role involves:
Working in a pair, our score collectors are assigned to either the dressage or showjumping phase of a one day event. Score collectors are responsible for collecting the scores from the judges and bringing them back to the scoring tent on a regular basis throughout the day.

This role would suit:
Someone with young legs, plenty of energy and lots of enthusiasm. This is a great way for our younger volunteers to get involved and learn more about how an event is run. Equestrian knowledge is not essential for this role.

Scoring

This role involves:
Our scorers work in a small team in our secretaries tent. Scorers are responsible for adding up totals on dressage sheets, collating showjumping scores and working out penalty points for Cross Country fences.

This role would suit:
Someone with an eye for detail and good adding up skills. Equestrian knowledge is not essential for this role, full training will be given.

Dressage Steward

This role involves:
Our Dressage Stewards ensure the smooth running of our dressage arenas. A Dressage Steward’s role involves checking competitors in for their section, encouraging and interacting with competitors, some elements of tack checking, and delivering competitors to their test as per the running order.

This role would suit:
Someone who is friendly, helpful and enjoys chatting to the competitors and putting them at ease. Some knowledge of correct tack would be helpful. If you’re organised and like to be part of the action then this could be a great role for you.