Pryde’s EasiFeed Volunteers - The Heart of EQUITANA!
Our wonderful volunteers have once again put up their hands to help make EQUITANA 2018, our 20th Anniversary, an unforgettable event.
EQUITANA is extremely grateful to Pryde’s EasiFeed for sponsoring our volunteer program.
‘Pryde’s support of the volunteers and EQUITANA is amazing. They provide the volunteers’ uniforms and also have their own staff available in the volunteer hub to assist in anyway they can. Pryde’s EasiFeed is a family owned business and they know their products so well. Volunteers are often asking them for advice on feeding their horses. Having Pryde’s staff in the hub is a great resource for the volunteers in many different ways,’ Volunteer Manager Leasa Stephen said...
This year we have had an incredible 550 applications for the 220 positions available.
‘Volunteers are such an integral part of EQUITANA’s success and we are delighted to have so many volunteers returning year after year. Many families have two or more members volunteering. This year, one whole family will be at EQUITANA after their youngest child turned 16 and became eligible to apply,’ Leasa said.
‘We have “vollies” aged from 16 to 75; from people who are single horse owners to event specialists, and they all work together so well. The more experienced people mentor the less experienced. They work seamlessly with EQUITANA staff who rely heavily on the expertise of these amazing people. We call our volunteers “Team EQUITANA,”’ Leasa said. ‘Our volunteers provide knowledge and great perspective with their feedback and many of their ideas have been implemented over the years.’
As well as supplying much needed help, after working their shift volunteers are able to go and join the general public to partake in whatever is happening on the day.
To show how much we appreciate our volunteers, as a way of saying thank you, EQUITANA has established a Trans-Tasman exchange program with EQUITANA Auckland. EQUITANA pays all the expenses for one lucky volunteer applicant to attend EQUITANA in the other country.
Some of the roles volunteers perform include helping to set up and run competitions; stable work; helping to run the education precincts by introducing the presenters and ensuring that the timetable is adhered to so that all the programs run smoothly and on time; customer service – helping with enquiries, directing people where they want to go and generally being the friendly faces of EQUITANA; an operations team assists operations staff in skill specific tasks; there is a floating team who support other volunteers wherever they are required; and there are even escorts who perform the important job of guiding horses and riders safely through crowds.
‘Our volunteers are a super dynamic, great bunch of people without whom we couldn’t run EQUITANA to the standard it is. Volunteers, Pryde’s staff and EQUITANA staff all get along so well!’ Leasa said proudly.
Volunteer applicants who have been selected have been notified, however, there is a hold list for emergency placements should they be required in November.
For more information on Pryde's EasiFeed, visit their website here.