Become a Show Volunteer
Shows require volunteers!
The Whispering Miracles Equestrian Center offers USEF/USDF recognized shows as well as other rated shows. The success and smooth operation of these shows are a result of all the hard work of our wonderful volunteers!
We appreciate our volunteers!! They not only making our shows the best, but helping us to bring this level of horse shows to the City of Virginia Beach!
Each of our volunteers is provided with food, drink and a free Whispering Miracles' t-shirt!
If you would like to know more about being show volunteer, the following is from Sporting Services website:
See Volunteer Positions...
- Perfect opportunity to get the view from the C! This is the perfect opportunity to see what the judge is looking for, and use all those fast writing/abbreviation skills. The scribe transcribes the judges scores and notes, in addition to keeping tests organized and the judge on track.
- Scribing 101 from USDF
- USDF Guide for Scribes
- Score Runner
- Perfect for someone who wants to get some exercise. The score runner is responsible for picking up tests and delivering them to the scorers in the horse show office in addition to making sure judges and scribes are taken care of. Opportunity to see the whole show grounds and meet lots of people.
- Ring Steward
- Responsible for sending competitors in the ring on time, in addition to bit checks, and maintaining the ring (setting up a knocked down section, etc...). Perfect time to reassure nervous competitors, and provide a friendly smile.
- Warm-Up Steward
- Responsible for keeping competitors aware of the schedule and order of go while enforcing rules to keep everyone safe. Perfect time to reassure nervous competitors and provide a friendly smile.
- Responsible for keeping competitors, other volunteers, and staff well fed, and hydrated while keeping hospitality areas clean and organized.
- Responsible for distribution of awards and tests at the Awards Table, and posting scores.
- Office/Manager's Assistant
- This position is for the well rounded individual. Duties include everything from delivering shavings, to assisting the announcer.
- Responsible for putting up rings, taking down rings, setting up shavings in exhibitor's stabling area, unloading and loading. This role is for Thursday evening, Friday morning, and/or Sunday afternoon.
- Clean Up
- Responsible for rounding up and disposing of any debri and trash. Also for emptying and replacing any full trash bins.
Reason to Volunteer
We could not put on a horse show without the best of volunteers. WMEC is proud to have horse shows that are not only successful, but an exciting, unique experience, and peaceful atmosphere for our competitors and spectators. The WMEC volunteers are a vital part of this. Each of our outstanding volunteers are also given an outstanding volunteer experience.
The following could not have been better reasons to volunteer than if we said it ourselves, it is from Sporting Services website:
Show reasons to volunteer...
- Volunteering is a free opportunity to watch some of the best instructors, trainers, and riders do their thing.
- Competitions put us all on the same playing field. You can network to meet trainers, see horses for sale, and have the opportunity to have a positive impact on many people's day.
- For those of us that ride, it's so easy to get caught up in what we do are doing, that's it's easy to forget that everyone has good days and bad days. When you volunteer, you'll see that sometimes professionals fall off, sometimes the best horses jump out of the ring, sometimes the most seasoned competitors forget their test, and that everyone else is not on million dollar horses. It's all about perspective.
- Need exercise? Want to see what the view is from C? There is literally a role for everyone! And we will be forever indebted to your service.
- We have some absolutely amazing sponsors. And our sponsors provide some pretty cool things. Our competitors get stuff, but so do our volunteers! Because everyone likes to get cool, free, horse stuff!!
- One thing is for sure, we don't want our volunteers to get hungry. Snacks and lunch will keep you well fed!
- Need an image of what 'softer hands' looks like? Or need some inspiration to pull that pasture puff out of the field and get to the ring? Nothing like being around other motivated people to get your grove back.
- Not only does volunteering give you the chance to give back to the sport, but it also is an opportunity to give back by making someone's day better, easier, or more fun.