So you all know that I love all things horsey and I love new learn new things. When an opportunity came up to volunteer for the Jersey Fresh 2* event this year I signed up! It sounded like a good idea at the time, but with not even a week to go before I volunteer I am starting to get concerned that maybe I made a mistake in offering a helping hand…
My first concern is that I have been to an event in real life. EVER. I mean, sure I watch the Olympics and Rolex, but that is as close as I have gotten. I have been to many dressage shows where big time Eventer’s are and they seem nice enough, but I kind of feel like maybe I should know a little bit more about the sport before I offered to help out. My last time volunteering at show that was not a dressage show was two years ago when I tried (and failed) to help out at a western show. It was a HORRIBLE day because I had no idea what I was doing. You would think I would learn my lesson, but no.
So I had not received an assignment as of the weekend so I was thinking that maybe they didn’t need me, but no, last night I got an e-mail and now I am officially freaking out!
I think I might be a fence judge.
I don’t even know what a fence judge does. Isn’t the point of cross country that the fences don’t fall?
But what happens if there is an accident at the fence…I mean…I would be like right there…I don’t really want to be right there.
So why do I think I might be a fence judge?
In the e-mail it says that I need to arrive at the show grounds in time to check in and learn my area prior to a meeting with officials at 7am. They also said that we have to pick up our lunches by 7am…ummm…does that mean that I don’t get a break to pick up my lunch in the middle of the day? Since the last run isn’t going to end until 5, I am worried about getting a break. I can’t not pee for 10 hours!!! Or am I over thinking things. I mean, they have to give us bathroom breaks…right? Except they do say that “water will be brought to us”. That doesn’t sound very promising…
Anyone who has ever volunteered for an international level event I need to know…am I in way over my head?!?!?!