How to get involved in eventing without a horse
If you don’t have your own horse, there are many other ways to get involved in eventing, from grassroots to elite competition, so why not have a think about some of the ideas below?
Reasons to volunteer in eventing
- A wonderful way to ‘give something back’ to the sport – it’s fun and rewarding, and there’s renowned community loyalty.
- It will improve your knowledge of eventing.
- It’s varied – roles on offer include fence judge, collecting-ring steward, dressage writer, secretary’s assistant … the list goes on!
- You get to see top horses and meet lots of elite riders.
- Some events offer a free day’s entry as a spectator in exchange for one day’s volunteering.
- Without volunteers, events couldn’t run!
Help out an event rider
- Helping out for a friend or local eventer is rewarding.
- You can give moral support and an extra pair of hands is always appreciated.
- It’s a great social opportunity, hanging out with other riders, grooms and helping hands.
- There are always lots of picnics available in the lorry park!
Join an eventing syndicate
- It’s a more affordable route into owning an event horse.
- You might get the chance to part-own a four star horse.
- It’s about the whole experience – training, news and other opportunities – not just the competing.
- Many events offer special facilities for owners.
- It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people to socialise with.
Being an event spectator
- It’s a great day out for the whole family, even non-horsey members.
- Watching the horses competing is thrilling.
- There are often shopping and foodie stands to explore!
- At BE events, there is a variety of horses and riders at different levels, all out enjoying the experience of the three phases at one venue.
- It’s an excuse to get out and about in the countryside and enjoy the fresh air.
- BE Supporter Membership provides free event entry (up to CC1*), course walks and BE discounts.