Case in point.
|Since I apparently no longer ride my horse, here are some old pictures from days gone by. Proof Dusty actually used to ride with me.|
Yesterday afternoon I received a phone call from the steward. Now the end game was to down grade me to a position that a 12 year old typically does and honestly I am happy to do whatever they need, however there are so many ways in which to accomplish that goal that I was very irritated and taken aback by the route chosen by this lady.
|This is about as wild as it gets, folks.|
This is what should have happened especially when dealing with a volunteer giving up their free time to work an event that is free to the public to spectate anyway.
Steward: Hello! We are very excited to have you volunteering at our event. It really does depend on the volunteers to be able to put it on.
Me: I am really excited to be there!!
S: I see that you signed up to be a scribe and noted that you have no prior experience. I'm really sorry, but we do require experience for that position. I don't think it was very clear on the website. We still would love to have you and I can help you find something else that would suit you and allow you to participate still. Is there another job we can sign you up for?
That exchange would have left me with warm fuzzies knowing that my participation is appreciated and that she is sorry for the misunderstanding. I would have selected another position without a fuss and the world would have remained all sunshine and roses.
|My first Hunter Pace.|
Instead this is what I dealt with:
Steward: Hello. I am the steward. You are on my list to scribe but you lack any experience. Don't you realize that this is a championship?! You must have experience. You will need to be reassigned.
Me: Good afternoon. I read your website and it did not state experience needed for that job. Had that been clear I wouldn't have selected it. And yes I am aware it is a championship event which is why I am offering up my time for free for 5 hours on a work day.
Steward: It won't work. You can be the gate opener. Or ring steward. Can you handle stairs?
It went on from there with me barely stopping myself from hanging up on her and saying screw it to the entire thing.
In the end, I agreed to be the runner for dressage taking the sheets from the judges and delivering them to the main office which apparently is up a flight of stairs and in the words of the steward "everyone around here is so old that they are unable to do the job"
No wonder they are a week out and still need close to 20 volunteers. Maybe start treating people better? There is a thought.