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Excited about the WEG?

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  • Excited about the WEG?

    I registered as a volunteer a long time ago, and today I got an email linking me to signups for actual jobs. I'm wildly excited. Anybody else?

  • #2
    I was, but have found the process of actually signing up to volunteer to be maddening, tedious, and difficult. I get a dozen emails all telling me I need to do this first, but I can't do this because I haven't done that, and they can't accomodate you if you only have specific days that you can work. It's just not working out for me, so I've withdrawn from the process. I don't have the luxury of booking that much time off to be as flexible as they need me to be at this point. I understand it's a colossal undertaking and really can't criticize them for how complicated it is, but with my schedule and the way I have to handle time off, it's just not workable.

    Add to that the gigantic mess the housing requests seem to be, along with the GIGANTIC costs, and I've decided I'll just watch on TV, take my money and my days off and go to some shows with my own horses.
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    • #3
      I'm going with my mom. I know there's been a lot of complaining about prices etc, but it's in the USA so we can easily go for just a few days, and we are seeing the Dressage freestyle, XC and eventing show jumping, so we're excited.


      • Original Poster

        I'm surprised you had trouble with the volunteer site--I signed up awhile ago, but don't remember it to be difficult, and this morning was really straightforward. Reserving a hotel room was a PITA, granted.


        • #5
          I did volunteer. I am sure not paying any ticket gouging prices to be there. I signed up for jobs -- if it works out, great, my parents' house is only 40 mins from KHP, that'll be easy enough. If it doesn't work out, I'm certainly not going to lose sleep over it, I have seen many of the competitors in the past and am not buying into the frenzy of "OMG, WEG!" I do appreciate that it is giving our sport some publicity, I just hope that nothing bad happens with so many eyes focused on it.
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          • #6
            I'm excited to watch it live on tv! To much hassle to face the crowds when I can get a better view from my couch. Looks like my best friend has a super good chance to ride in the para as an individual or better yet for the team. I'm more excited for her than for me to watch it


            • #7
              I am, I had to try twice to volunteer, but it seems I am signed up. I think I put in for 'host',or something like that, because I don't have any real experience.


              • #8
                I signed up today for D-Box crew for cross-country and Jump crew for showjumping. Now I just need to figure out someplace to stay!


                • #9
                  I had signed up, but seeing as how I'll now have a 5 month old baby by WEG time, I'm skipping the final sign-up procedures I will just buy tickets for the x-c, marathon combined driving, and maybe some show jumping.


                  • #10
                    Booo, I signed up MONTHS ago and haven't heard a word.
                    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                    • #11
                      One of the reasons I signed up was to be able to afford to see some competitons. Maybe I was asking for too much, but I honestly thought that I could get in for free a few days if I was volunteering. Now that I know that isn't the case, I am seriously considering going. I just can't afford those ticket prices, as much as I'd love to go.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Shrunk "N" Da Wash View Post
                        I'm excited to watch it live on tv! To much hassle to face the crowds when I can get a better view from my couch. Looks like my best friend has a super good chance to ride in the para as an individual or better yet for the team. I'm more excited for her than for me to watch it
                        Will it really be broadcast live. What channel? That would be nice!


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                        • #13
                          Have tickets to some dressage, x-c, and some stadium jumping. Hotel and plane tickets also secured. Slowly getting excited.
                          The Evil Chem Prof


                          • #14
                            Haven't been around for awhile (I hate it when real life interferes with my online fun ), but I'll pop back in to say, "ME!" I'm just going to the dressage freestyle and the cross country, but I'm definitely excited. And, to make it even better, I'll be going with friends who I haven't seen in years, including my first riding instructor from when I was a kid.

                            I'd love to have been able to volunteer, but I can't afford any more time off work...I bet it would be a great experience, though!
                            Proud member of the EDRF


                            • #15
                              There was an interesting article in today's Herald Leader about hotel prices for the WEG. Wow!!! I knew there were rumors about them being jacked up, but had no idea just how badly! http://www.kentucky.com/


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
                                Booo, I signed up MONTHS ago and haven't heard a word.

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                                They're not just for racing!


                                • #17
                                  I was looking around online last night and was appalled at the prices of everything from tickets to hotel rooms. $90/day to watch eventing dressage from the cheapest seats? The prohibited items list in regards to just entering the grounds includes "Food and Beverages" $5 bottles of water, anyone?

                                  I did find a Comfort Inn 60 miles away for $90/night and made a reservation to give myself the option of going, but I just can't work up the excitement for it.

                                  A friend of mine said she did the math and it would be cheaper to go to Badminton than the WEG. I totally believe it.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Tazzie View Post
                                    One of the reasons I signed up was to be able to afford to see some competitons. Maybe I was asking for too much, but I honestly thought that I could get in for free a few days if I was volunteering.
                                    Me too, which is why I feel quite cool about it. I think it was a very poor decision to jack the prices up the way they did and if I'm working my @$$ off volunteering, um hullo, I thought I should at least get one ticket? If I had to pay for lodging, I would be UN-signing up right this very minute.
                                    Life doesn't have perfect footing.

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                                    • #19
                                      I was already feeling lucky to have friends to stay with, but looking at those prices - wow! Really, though, I'm sure you'll find the same surrounding any huge international sporting event. I would really love to know who pays $5000 a night for a hotel room, though...
                                      Proud member of the EDRF


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Gunnar View Post
                                        Will it really be broadcast live. What channel? That would be nice!
                                        Hmm... I honestly can't remember but I know for a fact I watched the last one in Germany on my television. I think it may have been a Canadian channel (I live in Canada). The channel tends to broadcast horse things from time to time lots of spruce meadows and the olympic riding. I can't imagine it not being broadcast It will probably be on some website to for a fee...