One of the things that sets EDRA apart is the founders’ commitment to giving back to the sport of distance riding. In the spirit of allowing everyone to experience the joy of giving, all members are encouraged to volunteer within the organization in some way throughout the year. Volunteering is also an excellent way to gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to put on an event, meet other riders, and collect nuggets that could come your way from ride managers, vets, and veteran distance riders.
Some of the ways in which you could volunteer at a ride are clearing/repairing/marking trail, mapping loops, making flyers, filling lime jugs, tying ribbons on clothespins, pulsing horses, putting numbers on horses, scribing for a vet, registration table, timing riders as they come into/out of vet holds and the finish, crewing for riders, making/delivering food to vets/other volunteers, driving water truck/filling tanks, unmarking trail by taking down ribbons/scratching out lime, and any other task that might be needed by the ride manager or other leaders at the ride/event. No experience necessary — all you need is a willing attitude and someone will show you how to do any of the required tasks.
Keep track of your service hours! The future goal is to have a fillable form on the website that links to your member statistics. In the meantime, please email this form service hours form to firstname.lastname@example.org. All time volunteered this year for any ride or other EDRA event counts! Spreadsheets will be posted to the website and updated periodically.