We’re always looking for volunteers to help during CDCTSsponsored
events like shows, clinics, symposiums, etc. Our club
could not do the work we do without our fabulous volunteers. It
takes a lot of work hours to create the fun and educational
events and shows we sponsor. We need your help as volunteer
We have a number of standard volunteer positions available for
almost any event where you would like to help. Please look over
the volunteer job descriptions below, and contact a board
member or the specified organizer of the event you’re interested
in working for. Other volunteer assignments may be available on
an as-needed basis.
One really great perk of volunteering for CDCTS is that you can
earn “Dressage Bucks” that can be used to pay for clubsponsored
events such as clinics, shows, and symposiums…not
to mention merchandise, food at CDCTS-run food booths, and
We also recognize one outstanding volunteer with a Volunteer of
the Year award.
So get started right away. We’d love to have your help!
The scribe sits with the judge (or stands in rail classes) and
records comments and scores on the sheet provided. Scribing
for dressage tests is relatively easy at the lower levels and can
be performed by anyone with quick and legible handwriting.
Scribing for upper level tests is more fast-paced, but anyone with
previous scribing experience can do it. Scribing is a great
opportunity to learn about dressage from the judge's point of
view and is a great educational experience.
Runners are responsible for collecting tests from judges and
delivering them to the scorer, as well as for retrieving food or
other necessary items for the judge and scribe. Runners may
also be asked to do various odd jobs, but they often have plenty
of time to watch the show!
The scorer is responsible for tallying up scores for each
dressage test, checking them twice, and then posting the
placements for the class. A scorer must know the basics of how
to tally a dressage or combined training test, which is very easy
to learn, and good electronic calculator skills are always a plus.
Scorers are usually inside away from the action, but their job is
very important, and accuracy is a must!
Jump Crew/Arena Setup Crew
The jump crew is responsible for setting jumps, re-setting jumps
after a rail is knocked, and doing any necessary course
adjustments for the different levels. Jumps can be heavy, so
crew members need to be fit enough to lift and carry 50 lbs. The
arena setup crew is responsible for setting up the dressage
arena and letters before the show as well as tearing down the
arena after the show. The CDCTS dressage arena is very easy
to set up and is lightweight, so anyone who is available before
the day of the show or at the end of the show day might want to
volunteer for this job.
The ring steward is responsible for the warm-up area. He or she
must check each rider's bridle number to make sure it is the
correct number and is correctly placed, and the ring steward
must notify each rider when their turn in the arena is coming up.
The ring steward may also be asked to check tack and bits to
make sure they are legal for competition, and he or she acts as
the go-between for riders in the warm-up area and the arena,
keeping everything running on time and informing the arena of
any discrepancies, problems, or scratches. The ring steward has
a big job, but this is a fun way to get to know riders and their
horses and to be very involved in the organization and running of
Concessions are a big part of every show...and an opportunity
for CDCTS to make some money if everything runs well!
Concessions can be basic to elaborate, but good things to offer
are lots of drinks, snack foods, and possibly lunch items like hot
dogs, hamburgers, or soup/sandwiches. CDCTS occasionally
runs a concession stand, and staffers are in charge of setup,
cleanup, and collecting money, but we often invite pony club or
4-H groups to run their own concessions at our shows as
fundraisers. If you would like to organize a concession stand at
one of our shows, just ask!