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Virginia Dressage Association  Charlottesville Chapter

a USDF Region 1 GMO

         Volunteering with VADA-CH

Volunteering at a Licensed or Schooling Show

VADA-CH 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-CH provides many opportunities to volunteer! Not sure what role you would like to volunteer for? A glance at the critical volunteer roles. below.

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 that begin promptly at 8:00 am. For afternoon shifts, the volunteer should arrive 30 minutes prior to their shift and be prepared to stay until the end of the show day, which is 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. To show our appreciation, a volunteer hospitality area is set up to keep the energy going throughout the day. Volunteering doesn't go unrecognized by the show management! Plenty of surprises!

Volunteer Sign Up

Show Position Descriptions

Ring Steward

Ways to Volunteer to Earn Chapter Hours

Chapter members must complete a minimum of 4 hours of volunteer service to be eligible for the Chapter's Year-End Awards and Scholarship.

1 Volunteer Hour for

       Each Hour Worked


  • Volunteer at a Chapter licensed or schooling show, clinic, or educational event.

Volunteer Hour


  • Provide a perpetual trophy to the Chapter.
  • Chapter licensed/schooling show sponsorship donation of $100.
  • Attendance at 4 Chapter board meetings within a one-year timeframe.
  • Submit 2 articles for publication in the Chapter newsletter within one year of Chapter membership.

Volunteer Hour 


  • Host venue for a licensed. /schooling/clinic/educational event.
  • Chapter schooling show judge.
  • Organize Chapter educational program/clinic.

Online Submission

 Volunteer Hours 

for a Licensed, Schooling, Clinic, and Other Educational Events

  • Complete the online Volunteer Work Hours Submission Form at the conclusion of the volunteer event day. Click here.
  • The VADA-CH Volunteer Coordinator will record volunteer hours and maintain yearly records in preparation for year-end awards. 

Volunteer hours earned through the Chapter activities described can not be applied towards VADA State Year-End or VIP Awards. Chapter volunteer hours earned only meet the requirement for Chapter Year-End Awards and Scholarship Program.

Volunteer hours earned by a Chapter member may be donated to another Chapter member for the purpose of eligibility for the Chapter's Year-End awards. Volunteer hours cannot be donated for scholarship eligibility.