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Virginia Dressage Association

a Group Member Organization (GMO) of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF)


It takes a village to run a horse show and we can't do it without you.

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Volunteering at a VADA Licensed Show

VADA is keen on developing and maintaining volunteer relationships. The driving force behind a well-managed show is our volunteers.VADA relies on volunteers to run enjoyable, organized shows. The rewards of friendship and free education are just some of the ways you benefit when you volunteer. We’d love to have your help for a morning or afternoon shift (4-5 hours) but even if you can only donate an hour or two, we appreciate your help. Competitors, we can also work around your ride schedule. Whether you like to scribe, ring steward, run tests, work in the office, or do special projects, VADA provides many opportunities to volunteer! Not sure what role you would like to volunteer? Take a glance at the critical volunteer roles.

For ease of scheduling, volunteers serve either a morning or afternoon shift. Each shift will last approximately four to five hours. Morning volunteers should be morning people, willing to arrive early at 7:00 or 7:30 for shows to begin promptly at 8:00 am. For afternoon shifts, the volunteer should arrive 30 minutes before their shift and be prepared to stay until the end of the show day, usually 4:00 or 5:00 pm. We are delighted when a volunteer will work a full day or even two! There is a lot of preparation that goes on the days before a show. We can use help all day prior to the show date to set rings and put up signs, banners, and ring decorations.

A volunteer hospitality area is set up to keep the energy going throughout the day to show our appreciation. Volunteering doesn't go unrecognized by the show management! Plenty of surprises! Lunch and snacks throughout the day!

To learn more about the various volunteer positions, click below.

Volunteer  Descriptions

Virginia Dressage Association, LLC

a non-profit organization

a Group Member Organization (GMO) of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF)