Be a part of our Team


Join our team of amazing volunteers and be part of the Ocala Horse Properties Winter Series,  one of the premier eventing series in the country,  with recognized competitions up to International/FEI levels! 


With your help, our events will continue to grow and become even more successful.  You can find a list of opportunities to join us in the Job Descriptions section below.

 

 When you find one or more that you like, click on the volunteer sign-up form link.

 

If you have questions or would like to chat about sharing your talents with us, please give Richard Trayford a call at 352-425-7709.

 His email address is richard@equiventures.com.

 

We look forward to hearing from you...

Thanks for your help!

Volunteer Benefits Include:

  • Passes for free schooling sessions on the exceptional Florida Horse Park cross country course. 
  • The opportunity to meet and interact with many of the country’s top eventers.
  • Access to behind-the-scenes areas.
  • An invitation to be a guest at our “insiders team” wrap-up party--complete with catered food and delicious drinks!
  • The chance to meet many fun, intelligent, successful, horse-loving people from the greater Ocala area, and beyond!

   
Volunteer Job Descriptions

Thanks for your interest in volunteering!  Hover over one of the jobs below and then click on the magnifying glass to get a complete description of that particular position. You'll see a link to the volunteer sign-up form at the bottom of each description, and also below the circles. The tabs above the circles will filter the jobs according to the phases of the event.  The default tab "All" shows every job available.

 

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JUMP JUDGE

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HORSE INSPECTION STEWARD

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RING CREW

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AREA AND SECTOR STEWARD

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COLLECTING RING STEWARD

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CROSS COUNTRY SCRIBE

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CROWD CONTROL

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D BOX VET ASSISTANT

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DRESSAGE RING CREW

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DRESSAGE SCRIBE

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DRESSAGE STEWARD

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IN-GATE STEWARD

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SCORE COLLECTOR

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STOPPING STEWARD

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WARM-UP STEWARD

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ARENA STEWARD

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D BOX STEWARD

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Jump Judge

There will be one or two Judges at each obstacle on cross-country. They will be responsible for assessing penalties at obstacles, responding properly and promptly in the case of emergency, and for ensuring that the area around the obstacle is clear when each competitor approaches. You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.  The ability to remain calm in emergencies is helpful.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Walking, standing, possibility of handling horses

Working Conditions: Outdoors in all types of weather



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Horse Inspection Steward

You will assist in the planning and setting up of the horse inspection area and procedures.  You will ensure that the horse inspection runs on time and according to the rules.  You can do this job without prior knowledge or experience.  You will receive on-the-job training by an Event Official.  Being comfortable around horses is helpful but not a necessity.  Good managerial, organizational and interpersonal skills with a cheerful but firm attitude are required.

Difficulty of Work:  Physical Demands: Standing, walking

Working Conditions: Outdoors in all types of weatherBack to top



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Dressage Steward

You will be responsible for helping to organize and train the dressage volunteers; warm-up stewards, bit-check, & ring stewards. Experience in working at Dressage competitions is helpful.  This position calls for a person with good management and interpersonal skills.  If you don’t know the competition rules, we can provide you with training.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Ability to work long hours in most any weather with cheerful attitude. Stand, walk, carry 20 lb., and rake

Working Conditions: Irregular hours, outdoors



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Dressage Scribe

You will write (record) the Dressage Judges' marks and comments on the tests.  Clear, easy to read handwriting is helpful. To scribe at a competition you must have experience, however, training is available.  Scribes need to have a friendly, cooperative attitude.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands; Sitting, standing, writing

Working Conditions: Outdoors under cover




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Arena Steward

You will be assigned an arena or arena(s) that you will be responsible for.  You will help competitors find their correct arena and keep them updated as to the show time schedule letting them know how many horses go in before their ride.   You will need to check in on your judge(s) and scribe(s) and make sure they are happy and have what they need.  You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Sitting, standing, bending, lifting 

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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In-Gate Steward

Opening and closing the In-gate to the Competition Arena before and after each ride during International Competitions.  The gate weighs less than 5 pounds and is made out of PVC. This position is essential to the smooth running of competitions.  You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Standing, lifting

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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Collecting Ring Steward

You will oversee the Collecting Ring and facilitate the flow of competitors from the warm-up area into the Collection Ring before competitors go into the competition arena.  You will communicate with the Warm-up Stewards to ensure the coordination of the progression of riders from the Warm-up area to the Collecting Ring.  You will need to make sure unauthorized personnel are excluded from this area and ensure that the separation of the Collecting Ring from the Mixed Zone is preserved.  You will need to be firm but pleasant with people.  You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.

Difficulty of Work:  Physical Demands: Walking, standing

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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Warm-up Steward

You will ensure the smooth progression of competitors through your warm-up arenas to the Collecting Ring.  You will need to observe that proper schooling practices are in use, help competitors find their competition arena and inform them how many rides away they are from their schedule time.  In case of emergency, you will be responsible for summoning the necessary assistance and notifying the appropriate people. You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.

Difficulty of Work:  Physical Demands: Standing, walking, lifting, possible handling of horses

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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Dressage Ring Crew

You will help maintain the Competition Arena(s) and final Warm-Up Arena (s) by making sure the arenas stay in tact during the competition, marking the center line during breaks, if needed, and responding to any emergencies in the competition arenas, judge's huts and surrounding area.   You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Standing, walking, bending, lifting. long, irregular hours.

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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D Box Steward (April Only)

Requires one steward. You will manage the procedures in the D Box. You will respond to the officials' and competitors' needs. You will supervise the staff and volunteers assigned to the areas and ensure that each official and competitor receives the proper assistance and is properly timed throughout the areas. You will oversee and monitor these areas, ensure and emergency needs of the competitors are quickly and efficiently meet, monitor the water and ice supplies and request replenishment as needed, supervise the staff working with the vets, farrier and medical response teams, and dispatch any emergency support needed. Experience for this position is helpful but not required. You will need to have a strong personality with the ability to make quick decisions, not be afraid to ask for help and not let people push you around. You will be hands-on with horses at times.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Walking, standing, lifting 20 lbs., horse handling

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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D Box Veterinary Assistants

You will assist the vets in the operation of the D Box.  You will help take and record temperatures, pulse and respirations when horses finish Cross-Country.  You will need experience handling horses and it’s helpful if you have some knowledge of taking temperatures and respirations.  Specific equestrian sport knowledge is not essential.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Walking, standing

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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Cross-Country Scribes

We will need a Start Timing Crew and a Finish Timing Crew. Each crew will also have a scribe to help write down times and scores.  You will be responsible for recording either start or finish time for each competitor.  The Start Box will need to be in radio contact with warm-up to keep horses moving up to the start so the printed schedule is adhered to.  You will radio Control when a competitor has started on course, you may be required to hold the start if instructed by Control in case of emergency.  Once you start a horse, you must record the competitor’s number and actual time of start.  Finish will need to be in radio contact with Control so they can report when a horse completes the course and must record the competitor’s number and actual time of crossing the finish.  You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Walking, standing

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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Area and Sector Stewards

You will be assigned an area of the competition course to monitor the progress of the competition and to assist with any situation or emergency that comes up.  If your area is assigned a Crew, you will coordinate their movement and response as per briefing information.  You will need to have a cool head in emergencies and a strong, firm but pleasant attitude. You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Walking, standing, possible horse handling

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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Stopping Stewards

You will be responsible for stopping competitors on course at an assigned Stopping Location and keeping accurate track of the duration of the Hold in the event of a Hold on course.  You will need to have the ability to yell loudly, jump up and down and generally move so you get the attention of the competitor on course you need to stop.  You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Walking, standing

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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Crowd Control

You will take responsibility for a crossing or area in which you will maintain control of crowds on the course, ensuring that they do not interfere with the horses in competition.  You will alert spectators when horses are coming so they can move off the course and generally manage crowds to ensure their safety and that of the competitors.  You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Walking, standing

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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Score Collectors

You will be responsible for collecting score sheets from your assigned area(s) in a timely manner and for making certain all score sheets get delivered to the scorers.  This is an important job with a lot of responsibility. You will ensure timely scoring of results for competitors.  You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Must have a current driver’s license; be able to drive a golf cart, four-wheeler or similar type of vehicle in any kind of weather and over varied terrain.

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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Ring Crew

You will be responsible to set and to reset the jumps for the Show Jumping competition under guidance of the Event Officials.  You will reset jumps that are knocked down during competition and make sure the footing is in good form and repair if needed.  This is a physical job that requires some heavy lifting and raking.  You don’t need prior experience for this position and can receive on-the-job training.

Difficulty of Work: Physical Demands: Standing, lifting, raking

Working Conditions: Outdoors



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