The driving force behind the sport of eventing is the many amazing volunteers! The USEA Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP), presented by Sunsprite Warmbloods exists to increase the ease of participation, provide incentives and recognize the tireless efforts of volunteers.
Supporting and empowering volunteerism has been highlighted in recent years as the Association has looked for ways to recognize these unsung heroes. The program’s first roots began to grow thanks to the many efforts of the late Seema Sonnad, and they continued to grow thanks to the ongoing commitment of Seema’s fellow volunteer enthusiasts. The USEA Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) presented by Sunsprite Warmbloods was officially born in December of 2015 when the USEA Board of Governors voted to approve the new program.
In 2017, after the success of Area II’s pilot project, VIP rolled out an online management portal nationwide. Available through www.EventingVolunteers.com or the smartphone app for iOS and Android devices, the portal is designed to streamline the volunteer process for both volunteers and organizers. Click here for a step-by-step guide to getting started with VIP online.
*Organizers and/or Volunteer Coordinators must have all of their volunteer hours submitted on www.EventingVolunteers.com within 10 days of the completion of the event.*
Just about any age or experience level can find a job to do in our sport. If you have never volunteered, don't let that discourage you - you will be trained for your task at the event. Looking for a local event to volunteer at as a jump judge, steward, scribe, or in any other position? Go to the USEA Omnibus, click on your Area and then pick an event. Contact the volunteer coordinator, or the secretary for information about volunteering. They will be very happy you called!
The VIP Program shall be limited to volunteers in the eventingvolunteers.com program; shall be limited to recognized events listed in or as part of the USEA Omnibus; and shall exclude any person associated with the event that is named as an administrator in the program or given access to change, add or subtract hours volunteered by themselves or others. Also excluded from the program are officials, regardless of whether paid or not, if they are performing an official duty (including but not limited to technical delegate, judge, ground jury member, etc).
It is the intention of the VIP committee to reward the “boots on the ground” volunteers and offer hours-tracking directly supporting the running of the events themselves, as long as no financial compensation takes place. It is the committee’s determination that rewards or incentives for volunteering given by events and/or sponsors (including but not limited to: vouchers for services like cross country schooling, apparel, raffle tickets/prize drawings) are not considered payment, but tokens of appreciation and incentives for recruiting volunteers.