Work Credit Guidelines
The Maryland Dressage Association offers its volunteering members great rewards! Even Non Members can now earn work credits that can be used at some MDA events.
How to volunteer
Contact the organizer of the show/event you wish to help at OR use our on-line volunteer sign-up system eVOLUNTEER. You can find our organizers by several means. The best choice is to Click Volunteer Button on the home page, or you can go to the Show/Event calendar on this web site and click on the date of the event, you will also regularly receive volunteer information in e-mail blitzes.
‘Spending’ your Work Credit
After you volunteer you will receive a work credit voucher from that event organizer. Credits are good for 24 months! Members can get a lot of educational bang from their MDA work credits. Following MDA’s older tradition, a work credit can be can be used to defray costs of entries to MDA schooling shows and some MDA events at the face value of the work credit. At the 2009 Awards Banquet old work credits could be placed in a drawing for a $50.00 prize. In the last 3 years MDA has been able to offer educational clinics at which volunteers got great discounts and got to keep their work credit for other uses. Some of our past discounts have been $50.00 towards entries in the Adult Team Championships. For the Barbara Strawson clinic we discounted $10.00 per one work credit, members could turn in up to $60.00 worth of work credits. We offered a deep discount for a Pilates clinic with author Janice Dulak. One year we offered $30.00 scholarships to ride in the Spanish Riding School Clinic. This past year 16 lucky volunteers received a free lesson with Christopher Hickey. MDA will continue to bring these opportunities to our members with fees based on the health of our club’s finances.
Work Credit Face Values
- ¼ credit= $2.50 off
- ½ credit = $5.00 off
- One credit = $10.00 off
- Generally, ¼ work credit -2 hours of service at a show or clinic
- Generally, ½ work credit -4 hours of service at a show or clinic.
- Generally, one work credit =one full day of service at a show, clinic or event.
List of jobs and the Work Credit earned
- Show Organizer or Secretary: 2 Work Credits and 2 Free Rides in an upcoming show.
- Two ring show 3 work credits and a 2 Free Rides in an upcoming show.
- Day Secretary: 1
- Clinic Organizer 1
- Scorer ¼, ½ to 1
- Scribe ¼, ½ to 1
- Gatekeeper ¼, ½ to 1
- Runner ¼, ½ to 1
- Ring Set up ½ per ring
- Ring take down ½ per ring
- Use of Trailer ½
- Show Grounds donator 2 or 2 free rides Or 1 free membership, plus 2 free admisisions to the annual awards banquet
- Facilities donator (Clinic) 2 work credits or $30.00 off ride.
- Committee Chair: 2
- Committee Member: 1
- Newsline: 2
- Omnibus: 2
- Over nighting Judge/clinician 2
Members are encouraged to maintain their own work credit records.
REMEMBER: TO QUALIFY FOR YEAR END AWARDS --MEMBERS MUST EARN 2 FULL WORK CREDITS DURING THE COMPETITION YEAR. 1 WORK CREDIT MUST BE EARNED BY WORKING AT A MDA SHOW.
FINALS SHOW—To enter in a Finals Championship Class all work credits must be earned before the Finals show. Any work credit earned after the Finals show will be applied to the following year.
WORK CREDITS ARE NON TRANSFERABLE. CREDITS EXPIRE 24 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF ISSUE.