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*Update #3-I Doed It! 😁Marathon Volunteer 😳

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  • 2DogsFarm
    started a topic *Update #3-I Doed It! 😁Marathon Volunteer 😳

    *Update #3-I Doed It! 😁Marathon Volunteer 😳

    Back in business, I can do a later arrival!

    😥Looks like a No Go
    No reply to my Monday email asking for an alternative start time (for me not the event!)
    So I sent another this morning apologizing, but advising I can't do the job 😕

    I will be volunteering on the Marathon course at a CDE (Hoosier Horse Pk 9/21-22).
    I have volunteered a couple times, but both times were on Cones.

    So, Pretty Please, experienced COTH CDEers, give me an outline of what is expected for Marathon. 🙏
    They treat volunteers like Royalty & I expect they will have info for me, but anything I can learn in advance will be appreciated.

    And....
    If you happen to be competing or attending, I'd love a COTH IRL GTG 😁
    Last edited by 2DogsFarm; Sep. 20, 2019, 03:51 PM.

  • 2DogsFarm
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    goodhors Of all the disciplines I've volunteered with, Eventers & CDE drivers are the friendliest & always thank the volunteers. 👍

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  • goodhors
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    So nice to hear everything fell into place for your first Volunteer effort! Sounds like a great time for you. I am sure Competitors were glad you came!!

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  • 2DogsFarm
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    Thanks Zu Zu & skydy If only this venue was closer....

    On the Plus Side: I met a gal who runs an ADS Pleasure show in WI - half the distance of Villa Louis.
    Guess where Bugs & I are going next year 😁

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  • skydy
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    Well done! I'm so glad you had such fun!

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  • Zu Zu
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    Glad it all worked out and you had fun !!!!

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  • 2DogsFarm
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    Gotcha

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  • Christa P
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    Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
    Christa P Thanks for the clarification.
    As a relative Newb to both Driving (~6yrs in, 2 with my mini) & ADS competitions in general, my brain assumed Cross Country Pleasure & Marathon were pretty much the same, except for speed.

    Bugs (mini) & I have actually played with Marathon hazards - both in water & out - at this same park during the Ntl Drive.

    While it's true minis can take the turns quicker, once we are into a gate it becomes more of a tunnel/hallway for us
    At 34" once we are in, neither one of us can see over the top of a gate.
    Not a problem for him, as he is listening to my cues. But I need to keep my focus pretty sharp to see my way out!

    That, and I need waterproof britches in the Water! Knee-deep to horses is belly-deep to us
    In riding terms a pleasure marathon is an optimum time Hunter pace, a cde marathon is an eventing cross country course.

    Actually CDEs were modelled after the old long format eventing.

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  • 2DogsFarm
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    Christa P Thanks for the clarification.
    As a relative Newb to both Driving (~6yrs in, 2 with my mini) & ADS competitions in general, my brain assumed Cross Country Pleasure & Marathon were pretty much the same, except for speed.

    Bugs (mini) & I have actually played with Marathon hazards - both in water & out - at this same park during the Ntl Drive.

    While it's true minis can take the turns quicker, once we are into a gate it becomes more of a tunnel/hallway for us
    At 34" once we are in, neither one of us can see over the top of a gate.
    Not a problem for him, as he is listening to my cues. But I need to keep my focus pretty sharp to see my way out!

    That, and I need waterproof britches in the Water! Knee-deep to horses is belly-deep to us

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  • Christa P
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    Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
    And again, more FUN than s/b legal.
    Arrived a tad earlier than anticipated, so got assigned to the vet check.
    I directed traffic as entries were coming off both A & B courses at the same time,
    I learned how things went, was impressed by how many horses were so fit they looked like they had just come back from a leisurely drive.
    Organizers/Hosts - Indiana Whips and Wheels (Shoutout!) - again treated volunteers like valued guests.
    Sack lunches delivered by golfcart, along with cold drinks & snacks.
    Pizza, wine & cheese at the Awards afterwards.

    I drove to my assigned station after lunch - Obstacle #1 (no longer called Hazards?) for Intermediates.
    I learned how to time, watched as 6 horses & 2 VSEs got through in blazing times - 5 gates, 4 in the water, slowest was 1:00:54 & that was not one of the minis!

    And.....
    I learned Marathon for Training is a mere 5 Obstacles
    Even my aged brain s/b able to remember that!
    I was mistakenly thinking it would be comparable to the ADS Pleasure Cross Country that - at Villa Louis - has 32 obstacles for VSE.
    So hopefully next year Bugs will be fit enough to give try Marathon.
    If not, we will do the CT & volunteer again.

    Anyone in the near - or even not so - vicinity should come & give this CDE a try.
    Hoosier Horse Park is lovely, IW&W run a great event & ..... cannot think of enough Good Things to say
    Glad you had fun, and VSEs are rarely the slow ones - they can turn WAY too fast and cut corners no horse a chance of making.

    Just a point. In Pleasure Driving the cross country obstacles are mostly gates defining the course without too many choices on your path.

    In a CDE each of the 5 obstacles will have up to 4 gates each for training level with several possible paths for each obstacle.

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  • 2DogsFarm
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    And again, more FUN than s/b legal.
    Arrived a tad earlier than anticipated, so got assigned to the vet check.
    I directed traffic as entries were coming off both A & B courses at the same time,
    I learned how things went, was impressed by how many horses were so fit they looked like they had just come back from a leisurely drive.
    Organizers/Hosts - Indiana Whips and Wheels (Shoutout!) - again treated volunteers like valued guests.
    Sack lunches delivered by golfcart, along with cold drinks & snacks.
    Pizza, wine & cheese at the Awards afterwards.

    I drove to my assigned station after lunch - Obstacle #1 (no longer called Hazards?) for Intermediates.
    I learned how to time, watched as 6 horses & 2 VSEs got through in blazing times - 5 gates, 4 in the water, slowest was 1:00:54 & that was not one of the minis!

    And.....
    I learned Marathon for Training is a mere 5 Obstacles
    Even my aged brain s/b able to remember that!
    I was mistakenly thinking it would be comparable to the ADS Pleasure Cross Country that - at Villa Louis - has 32 obstacles for VSE.
    So hopefully next year Bugs will be fit enough to give try Marathon.
    If not, we will do the CT & volunteer again.

    Anyone in the near - or even not so - vicinity should come & give this CDE a try.
    Hoosier Horse Park is lovely, IW&W run a great event & ..... cannot think of enough Good Things to say

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  • RMJacobs
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    This is great news!

    Rebecca

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  • Zu Zu
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    Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
    Zu Zu
    Don't wanna scare competitors at my assigned hazard!
    Select one

    A. your water hazard
    or
    B. you’re the water hazard

    you’re always fun !

    They are lucky to have your help !

    Enjoy your day !

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  • 2DogsFarm
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    Zu Zu
    Don't wanna scare competitors at my assigned hazard!

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  • Zu Zu
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    Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
    I'm Baaaaaack!!!!!
    I can arrive later, missing the 7:45A meeting. 😁
    AND......
    I will be at a Water Hazard!! Happy Dance! 💃
    Great news .... for a quicker departure just

    skip your morning shower just wait and ‘dip’ there

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  • 2DogsFarm
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    I'm Baaaaaack!!!!!
    I can arrive later, missing the 7:45A meeting. 😁
    AND......
    I will be at a Water Hazard!! Happy Dance! 💃

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  • RMJacobs
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    So sorry this didn't work out for you.

    Rebecca

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  • Zu Zu
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    3:45 am departure after feeding the gang ???!!

    the bed would have to be on FIRE for that !

    Enjoy your weekend ~ You were nice to try ~



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  • 2DogsFarm
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    Sigh.
    Well, looks like I won't be going.
    Updated my original post & emailed to let them know just not doable.
    Hopefully I can manage something for the
    ​​​​ next event & will see peeps at the National Drive.

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  • 2DogsFarm
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    goodhors I understand the need to be there before they start driving & if I was even an hour closer, No Prob.

    🤞They can offer something doable

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