So this past weekend I did it. I volunteered at an event…and you know what? I actually liked it! Let me start at the beginning of the story. You see, this story starts at 3:45am. I ended up pet sitting at the barn where Gen lives last minute. The barn owner had tried to get someone to do the stalls during the day, but she did not have any luck. In order to feed, turnout and get the stalls done in time I had to wake up early…very early.
When I went to give the horses grain they all just looked at me like I was crazy. In fact, I don’t think a single horse went to eat when they got grain…they just stood there blinking as though they were dreaming my existence in to being because they were hungry. Eventually they woke up enough to sleepily eat their grain (normally I give hay before grain to wake up their tummies, but at that hour in the morning all of the horses still had hay in their bellies from night check still).
I was actually ON TIME driving the driveway. I didn’t have time to clean the barn aisle, but at least the ponies had nice clean stalls waiting for them and the birds, dogs and cats were all fed watered and happy. As I drove down the driveway I felt like my day was half over…not a good sign since I had at least 10 hour of volunteering to go and a nice long drive to the horse park. I made it to volunteer check in at 6:55, 5 minutes before we were supposed to get there. I was so proud of myself for being such a good planner that I had a big grin on my face as I went to check in.
Very quickly that grin slipped off though because when I went to get my assignment there was a problem…they didn’t have one. I knew NowThatsATrot (NTAT) was coming so I told the volunteer person that I would hang around for a bit to talk to a friend and if they needed me just to let me know. So there I sat, surrounded by 50 people, not a single of which I knew (so weird at a horsey event!) not sure if I had just woken up before 4am for no reason thinking that clearly Eventing was not for me if I couldn’t even help out at an event 😛
When NTAT showed up she talked to the volunteer person and I got assigned the jump of a person who didn’t show up! But after a few more minutes they did show up. So they gave me another jump of a different person…but then they showed up too. So as I was listening to the training session the volunteer person came up to me again and apologized. Turns out that I was indeed on the volunteering list after all. I was down to be the backup finish timer. I had no idea that that meant, but it sounded much safer than being a jump judge so I was all in!
To Be Continued…