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Special Event Volunteers

 

Special Event Volunteers includes CKRH equine special events like Summer Camp, horse shows, Pony Club Rally, Special Olympics, etc and serve in the capacity as a Leader, Sidewalker or Wrangler and must demonstrate appropriate skill set.

Skills Assessment:  Lesson Leader
(Demonstrate techniques described in the operations manual)

 Communication through body language:

  • Demonstrate ability to read the horse & respond
  • Demonstrate body language that provides clear communication with the horse
  • Demonstrate appropriate praise for work done by the horse
  • Demonstrate proper body position of leader at halt, walk, trot and turn
  • Leader does not contribute to horse stress level

Warm-Up Exercise

  • Demonstrate disengaging haunches, moving forehand and backing
  • Demonstrate introducing all lesson props and equipment
  • Demonstrate proper hand placement with two hands on lead rope
    • Should not be grapping buckle of lead rope or holding the halter
    • Should not have rope so long that the horse or leader trip over it
  • Demonstrate use of aids such as voice, end of lead rope and dressage whip

Maneuver

  • Demonstrate maintaining rhythm at the active walk for at least 20 minutes consecutively
  • Demonstrate smooth transition between halt, walk, face walk and trot
  • Demonstrate trotting at a consistent pace for long length of the arena
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead the horse straight and has wide smooth turning radius

Mounting Block

  • Demonstrate ability to proper line horse in order according to dressage letters in the arena
  • Demonstrate acknowledgement from rider to bring the horse to the mounting block
  • Demonstrate relaxed, straight entry to the mounting block on the appropriate side
  • Demonstrate asking the horse to square and stand
  • Demonstrate relaxed, slow exit from the mounting block with rider

Ability to work in a lesson environment

  • Follow instructor directions
  • Communicate with the team during lesson
  • Demonstrate the ability to allow the rider to guide the horse while maintaining a safe level of control if needed
  • Demonstrate awareness of surroundings and ability to respond appropriately

Emergency Procedures

  • Knowledge of horse handling procedures and responsibilities during an emergency
  • Ability to respond quickly to any situation appropriately
  • Maintain control of the horse during the emergency

Skills Assessment:  Lesson Sidewalker
(Demonstrate techniques described in the operations manual)

Transitioning rider

  • Can explain the procedures for  transitioning a rider to and from the lesson activity
  • Demonstrate the ability to help riders make these transitions
  • Demonstrate proper fit of a helmet
  • Can explain the bathroom procedures

Mounting

  • Demonstrate proper placement at the mounting block
  • Demonstrate ability to counter-balance weight in off-side stirrup and assist rider’s leg as needed
  • Demonstrate appropriate exit from the mounting block

Sidewalker position

  • Demonstrate ability to coordinate and make spatial adjustments that will allow sidewalker to maintain a position aligned with rider’s leg and no more than an arms length away
  • Demonstrate ability to adjust position and stride so as not to interfere with the leader’s foot steps
  • Demonstrate ability to trot in described proper position alongside horse/rider down the long side of the arena
  • Demonstrate ability to perform the follow holds: over the thigh, heal hold, foot stirrup hold

Ability to work in a lesson environment

  • Follow instructor directions
  • Demonstrate ability to prompt rider as directed
  • Communicate with team members
  • Demonstrates the ability to allow the rider to guide the horse while maintaining safe a level of control if needed
  • Demonstrate awareness of surroundings and ability to respond accordingly

Emergency Procedures

  • Knowledge of sidewalker procedures and responsibilities
  • Demonstrate responding to a situation by quickly and safely securing an over the thigh hold
  • Demonstrate the ability to respond to any situation appropriately and in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate emergency dismount

Skills Assessment:  Wrangler
(Demonstrate techniques described in the operations manual)

 Communication through body language

  • Demonstrate ability to read horse & respond
  • Demonstrate body language that provides clear communication with the horse
  • Demonstrate appropriate praise for work done by equine
  • Demonstrate correct body position of leader at halt, walk, trot and turn
  • Leader does not contribute to horse stress level

Leading

  • Demonstrate proper hand placement with two hands on the lead rope
    • Should  not be grabbing buckle of lead rope or halter
    • Should not have rope so long horse can step over it
  • Demonstrate use of aids such as voice and end of lead rope
  • Demonstrate leading through pasture gates as described in operations manual
  • Demonstrate ability to prevent horse from eating grass
  • Demonstrate leading in and out of stalls as described in operations manual

Grooming

  • Demonstrate correct placement of halter
  • Demonstrate leading in and out of stalls as described in operations manual
  • Demonstrate grooming bay procedures as described in the operations manual
  • Demonstrate proper use of grooming tools
  • Demonstrate proper care of hooves

Tacking & Un-Tacking

  • Demonstrate ability to prepare tack according to posted tack sheets
  • Demonstrate proper placement of head gear
  • Demonstrate proper placement of saddle and pads
  • Demonstrate proper girthing procedures
  • Demonstrate ability to return tack in organized manner to the appropriate location

Ability to work in a team environment

  • Demonstrate ability to follow posted directions
  • Communicate with team members
  • Demonstrate awareness of surrounds and ability to respond accordingly

Emergency Procedures

  • Can explain emergency procedures as it applies to your responsibilities
  • Ability to respond to any situation appropriately and in a timely manner
 
 

Contact Information:

PO BOX 13155
Lexington, KY 40583
Phone:859.231.7066 | Fax: 859.252.5016
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