Currently looking for volunteers for ROLEX and REINING CUP, Kentucky Horse Park – in 2 week’s time More details
Hi and welcome!
Are you considering volunteering at one of our upcoming events? We are always looking for helpers, either
a) on the tradestand with seat & posture assessments (not sales), or
b) in the stable as a groom with the horses…
We have a BALL at these shows! Come along and enjoy the fun…
– Colleen Kelly
Tradestand: what we give you….
1. VOLUNTEERS ON THE TRADESTAND – This is not a “sales position” at all. What we do on the tradestand is seat, posture and balance tests, advice and information. It’s not just fun it’s a great education! It is absolutely amazing to see my team working fixing people’s posture, assessing injuries and how to help, and being able to send people away from the tradestand with a package of new information to get them started to better seat and posture. For the people on the stand…it’s AMAZING free training, and you will learn a lot not just from myself, but also from my husband (our tour manager) Nick Tsopanis who is incredible at seat & posture assessments & advice.
2. FREE ENTRY. We will get you tickets into any event. Parking may or may not be possible, please check prior to event.
3. SUPPER and PRIVATE QUESTION & ANSWER TIME. After the end of a long day on the stand, we always do our best to go to supper (it’s my treat!). This is where we get to sit down, discuss what we’ve seen during the day, and what we’ve learned, and how all this amazing information can improve our own riding or coaching.
4. FREE DVDs. We want you to be well prepared, so as soon as you’ve let us know what hours you can be on the tradestand, then I’ll send you some free DVDs and audio CD’s to get you started so you’ll get more out of the event…more “bang for your buck” if you already are understanding the work.
5. UPGRADING YOUR COACHING. We want the best coaches – and this is how to get free training! The tradestand is where you learn about posture assessment. People who want to assist on the trade stand must be studying the ISRB course, or have completed their ISRB course or considering studying in the future. Volunteering at any event counts towards your hours if you are already an ISRB Level 1 coach wanting to upgrade to Level 2.
6. WE WILL PROMOTE YOU! If you are already a professional ISRB coach, I am happy to have your brochures/business cards on the stand.
Tradestand: what you need to give us….
1. TIME COMMITMENT. Volunteers must be able to give at least a half a day each day to count towards “sign off hours” and to really benefit from the free training we give you.
2. DRESS; Volunteers must dress very professionally. As there might be a possibility, in an emergency of getting near horses, we need you in riding boots. Some of the endurance rider’s “running shoes” with laces are not riding shoes.
3. WHICH STAND? Just be award that sometimes we have the ISRB backdrop, sometimes we have CKRider backdrop on our stand. Either way it’s the same in terms of fun, learning and sign off hours.
4. CONTACT; Volunteers need to have cell phones on the day and be very accessible, especially when the performances are on – on occasion to perhaps leave the stand to help beside the arena.
A groom for our performance horse(s)
1. Nick is also my stablehand manager and Nick grooms and prepares my horse for me daily, and cools the horse down after work, so he knows everything about preparing Saint, so there’s plenty of help and information, grooms are not just “left on their own” – we help a lot.
2. Grooms must be willing to “do the dirty jobs”….the number one thing is keeping the stable very clean, throughout the day, sweeping and keeping hay and water up to Saint all the time.
3. Must have grooming and horse handling experience, and be able to do plaiting/braiding and bandaging
4. Must have the ability to take the horse the minute I dismount and take him back, untack him, put the tack away neatly and walk and cool him off if necessary, or brush and rug him as I have to go to the tradestand immediately after every performance.
5. Grooms need to be well presented at all times, and especially have proper riding boots. Endurance-style ‘running shoes’ with laces are not riding shoes.
6. Grooms need to have cell phones on the day and be very accessible, especially when the performances are on – and to perhaps on occasion come and help beside the arena.
7. Grooms need to sign, or have a parent or guardian sign, an insurance waiver/release.
I really welcome you, know that you will have a lot of fun. It’s very relaxed, highly educational, and of course it doesn’t cost you anything at all to learn from us for hours! By the end of the weekend, simple posture & balance assessments will be second nature!
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Virginia Stirnweis Harmonichorsemanship@gmail.com
Hope to see you there!