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Putting On A Show

Fairly often, I hear someone muse that aren’t enough local shows and events. Wouldn’t it be nice to attend a show in your own neighborhood, instead of trailering for hours? Well, putting on a show or ride takes a great deal of work and someone has to do all that work! Juliana Vidich of the Lake County Chapter of the California Dressage Society knows all about “doing all that work” and she recently sent out a very informative plea for volunteers for the upcoming Dressage show (October 14). Her list of duties reminds us all that the people who volunteer to put on an event work their **** off! Want more shows and events? Volunteer to help out! Read Juliana’s work list here, and then consider giving a hand at the next event being planned by your club. As Juliana points out, it’s often hard for the people who are showing to be available to help out because of the duties involved in getting a horse ready and competing … but I will throw out a radical idea. What if a few Western riders helped out at the Dressage show? What if some Dressage riders gave a few hours at the next Western event? Running the gate, tacking up posters, handing out entry numbers, helping in a food booth … doesn’t matter what kind of tack the horses are wearing – we can all do something! Maybe local clubs could team up to help each other put on their events? Perhaps there would be more events, and we’d make more friends, not to mention gaining an appreciation of other disciplines? Consider it …. (I already know of one Western rider who will be working as a scribe at the upcoming Dressage show)


Hello, dressage fans,
With summer drawing to an end, it's time to think about the Lake County Chapter of California Dressage Society’s annual October schooling show, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 14. Gail McGuffey (USDF "L" graduate) has agreed to be our judge. The list of classes we expect to offer is at the end of this letter.

As the show manager and secretary, I need to make sure that we have enough riders interested in entering the show, and enough volunteers to cover the many tasks needed to make the show happen. Please let me know as soon as possible if you (or someone you know) plan to enter the show or would volunteer to work on the show.

Based on our past shows, I figure that a total of about 120 hours of volunteer time are required to put on the show. I'll put in at least 40 hours of my own time. I need others to volunteer for the following tasks (for which I've included time estimates):

1. Publicity (8 hours)
2. Soliciting sponsors (4 to 8 hours)
3. Counting ribbons, awards, and scoresheets and ordering what is needed (4 hours)
4. Making and putting up poster signs for outhouse, parking, dogs, traffic, etc.. (2 hours)
5. Calling volunteers before show to confirm their attendance (1 hour)
6. Preparing scoresheets with rider names, numbers, dates, etc.. (2 hours)
7. Purchasing, delivering, setting up ice, drinks, and food for the snack booth (4 hours)
8. Setting up show grounds the day before the show (3 hours, 4 people)
9. Cleaning up show grounds after the show (2 hours, 4 people)
10. Scribing at show (8 hours)
11. Scorekeeping at show (4 hours – Beth Gradek will do afternoon)
12. Gatekeeping at show (8 hours)

In case you're wondering what I'll spend those 40 hours doing, here's my (incomplete) list:

1. Finding a location for the show, and finding a judge
2. Sending the judge information about the show
3. Laying out show schedule books & making copies
4. Assembling & testing PA system
5. Writing announcer script
6. Making the ride schedule & schedule posters
7. Making spreadsheets for entries by rider and by class
8. Receiving and processing entries and fees
9. Calling riders with times
10. Gathering essential show paraphernalia
11. Taking photographs at the show
12. Signing in riders at the show, handing out back numbers, posting scores on scoreboards, putting ribbons and scoresheets out, reconciling missing fees, making sure things run smoothly at the show.

Many thanks to Paul Marchand for volunteering to be the EMT and Announcer, and to Alexandra M. Vidich for volunteering to be the Food Booth attendant, and to Becky French for volunteering to handle the Judge's Basket, and to Beth Gradek for volunteering to be the afternoon scorekeeper, and to Kathy Goldstone for volunteering to be morning scorekeeper.

Here is the list of classes that we expect to offer for this show:

1. “Nervous Novice” Maiden Class (group walk/trot)
2. Dressage Introductory Test A (walk/trot)
3. Dressage Introductory Test B (walk/trot)
4. Dressage Training Level Test 1 (walk/trot/canter)
5. Dressage Training Level Test 2 (walk/trot/canter)
6. Cowboy Dressage (Training Level Test 1 in Western tack)
7. Dressage Seat Equitation
8. “Dressage Idol Freestyle” (judged by audience)
9. Dressage Training Level Test 3 (walk/trot/canter)
10. Dressage Training Level Test 4 (walk/trot/canter)
11. Dressage First Level Test 1
12. Dressage First Level Test 2
13. Dressage Test of Choice, First through Fourth Level
14. Prix Caprilli Test A (Beginners)
15. Dressage Driving, Test of Choice

- Juliana Vidich, Lake County CDS Chapter chair


Doris Eraldi of Eraldi Training in Potter Valley, specializes in training for all around horsemanship. She can be contacted at 707-743-1337, or by e-mail, or read her blog at Horseman's Diary

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