Volunteer training day and lunch at Bampton

Around 24 keen horse trials volunteers braved a February morning at Bampton Village Hall and grounds last Sunday (10th Feb) for a morning’s presentation on the roles volunteers may play over the weekend of a British Eventing (BE) Affiliated Horse Trials.  BE Northern Regional Volunteer & Training Co-ordinator, Ruth Mosedale jointly organised various BE members and associates to attend a briefing session given by BE Technical Advisor Douglas Weymouth and this included a presentation on the rules and guidence for jump judges along with fun outdoor session where Francesca Weymouth riding her 15.3hh schoolmaster ‘Oscar’, very ably demonstrated all manner of routes, faults and issues that BE judges can encounter in the course of a day’s judging.  There was a quiz for attendees to try, and much discussion followed on from various videos showing top flight competitors making course and riding errors with all participants fairing exceptionally well by answering the vast majority of the qustions with much skill and attention to detail.   Douglas was joined by BE Controller Liz Johnston who decribed the radio and communicating procedures and the sometimes difficult task for stopping a horse and rider whenever a cross country course becomes blocked with an incident.  The morning session concluded with a round up of some interesting facts and figures produced by British Eventing HQ detailing how the number of classes, competitors and events across the country has grown from 2003.  At lunch the course participants were joined by a further 40 regular stewards, judges and writers for a delicious lunch prepared by Lucinda Weymouth and her family and afterwards a presentation was made to Bob and Margaret Johnston who were announced as Volunteers of the Year.