Tips for volunteering with horses

Even if you don’t own a horse, there are still plenty of ways you can get involved.

Equestrian events can’t run without an army of volunteers and it’s the perfect way to experience all the excitement of a competition and you get to watch horses all day – what could be better?

Although you may not get paid, you’ll receive training – plus refreshments throughout the day.

Many yards and stables run competitions, if you’re keen to get involved and offer your services as a volunteer here are a few of the jobs you could be asked to do:

Competitions can't run without the help of volunteers, which includes dressage writers

Competitions can't run without the help of volunteers, which includes dressage writers

Dressage writing

You’ll sit alongside a dressage judge, writing their comments and scores as each competitor rides their test.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about what the judge is looking for.

The ability to listen and stay focussed will help, as well as being able to write quickly and neatly.

Show stewarding

This role can be quite varied and may include directing show riders to their class or marshalling the warm-up area making sure it all runs smoothly.

Staying calm under pressure and the ability to organise others will make this job easy.

Fence judging

As the title says, you’ll be sat by a cross-country fence and you’ll record refusals or falls on a scoresheet for each competitor.

A great way to get up close to all the action, it's based outside, so be prepared and take plenty of clothing and a chair to sit on, or you can sit in your car.