Volunteering is a great way to watch others competing, get a feel of how dressage competitions run and what makes a good dressage test. It's also a great way to meet new people and make friends, while giving something back to your local area and sport. You don't need to have any experience to help - just a warm smile and enthusiasm - we will show you the rest!
There are many ways you can volunteer; by stewarding the warm up arena to make sure competitors go in on time and give them some friendly encouragement, help add up the competitor score sheets or write for the judge.
If you volunteer to write for a judge – when you note down a judge’s comments on the dressage sheet as it is being ridden – you will get an even better insight which can help your own performance by getting a greater understanding for what the judge is looking for. British Dressage have made a great page on learning more about writing - see here for details
SESDG Volunteer Scheme
We are delighted to announce a new rewards scheme for volunteers at the Rockrose Dressage Shows to recognise the important contribution you make to the shows. Volunteers will be able to accrue points for hours helped and redeem the points against Volunteer Rewards, including free entries and arena use at Rockrose. Points will start to be earned from the June Show on 8 & 9th June.
How to earn points
Once SESDG members have completed their 2 hours of volunteering commitment (as per the Constitution and membership obligation) you will earn points for every hour you volunteer at a Rockrose Dressage Show. There is no cap on maximum number of points.
1 point per hour of writing, stewarding or collecting sheets
2 points per hour of scoring
*Non-members are always welcome to volunteer and will start to earn points from the first hour volunteered
10 points will earn you 1 hour arena hire at Rockrose. Allocated time will be given by Rockrose each month where you can chose to come and ride during that time.
10 points will earn you £10 M&S Vouchers.
20 points will earn you a free class entry at a Rockrose Dressage Competition.
How to redeem points
Gemma our Volunteer Co-ordinator will keep a tally of your points and once you have gained enough points to redeem a reward you can choose whether to redeem or continue to accumulate points.
How to get involved
We have a number of Rockrose Dressage Shows to support each year; where we will require multiple writers, scorers and stewards. If you would like to get involved and be part of the SESDG Volunteer community please get in touch with Gemma by dropping us an email.
Personal Development & Well Being
Volunteering can be a great way to build confidence and skills, here are some of the personal benefits;
Gain confidence. Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
Make a difference. Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general.
Meet people.Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.
Be part of a community. Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family.
Learn new skills. Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications.
Take on a challenge. Through volunteering you can challenge yourself to try something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.
Have fun! Most volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it.