Giving Back - Be a Volunteer
Friday, June 12, 2009
If that is the case, think about volunteering to help your local show.
phelpsphoto: Debbie Garris at Lamplight Dressage
While many shows are hanging in there, expenses are up, profits are down. I was recently at a show in Michigan, Waterloo, a region hit hard with the financial woes in the auto world.
But spirits were high, entries were strong, and one volunteer we met, who is now on unemployment used her newly found free time to spend the entire weekend working for free at the event. How about you high performance riders, and juniors and young riders? This community works hard so that you can shine. You might be surprised at how working for a show will broaden your perspective, even help you as a competitor.
Please remember to also support the vendors. You might be able to find an item a little cheaper on-line, but these are the small companies who are there for you when you need something at the last minute. They invest a lot in vendor fees, travel, and inventory and help to be there for you, so give them the business. They are our friends and family too.
Count your blessings and remember we are all in this together!