I used to scribe at at least 2 shows a year, but the volunteer organizer is in charge of training judges, so now all the scribe positions go to her trainees. That’s fine but I really like to scribe, so when an email went out to be a scribe at a recognized horse trials at the NJHP, I jumped at it.
I have to say that horse trials are run a lot more lax compared to dressage shows, or at least this one was. Even though it was a recognized event it seemed to be run like a schooling show. I was recruited only 4 days before. There was no fanfare, no vendors. We lost our runner half-way through (it was raining and cold, so I don’t blame her). The judging was very (very) generous.
I didn’t learn much. The eventing tests are run in a small arena and the movements come up very quickly, so I end up doing more writing than watching. Also, with the quality of rides being on the lower end (Novice and Beginner Novice), I didn’t get much out of it. That’s not to say these were not great horses. It’s hard being a jack of all trades and I admire these people for being able to gallop over those intimidating cross-country fences, or really any fences. I’m glad I got to see a horse trials up close and personal, and I’ll definitely volunteer again if the opportunity arises. I just hope I get to see some Prelim and Training rides next time.