London’s Greenwich Park has to host all the equestrian events and the pentathalon, make the switch between the two types of events AND remain relatively unscathed considering all the action, equipment, horses and crowds. Here’s a video about how the big switcheroos will happen and how they were rehearsed at the Olympic trials last year.
KB Inglee, our intrepid reporter and Olympics trial volunteer may not have had as much to do for show jumping, but she still has some interesting things to say.
For our final installment in our Olympics Trial Judge for Eventing series, take it away, KB.
Also a phase of CT and a separate event, not so many volunteers are needed here. Riders present themselves at the in-gate with no urging. Someone has to open and close the gate. The jump crew, not volunteers, replace fallen rails and rake the arena.
I once got to sit beside the judge, make sure she had the right numbers, and that the rider saluted the judge on entering the arena and before leaving it.
Watch for them on TV
The best of the volunteers at the pre-Olympic trials get to go on to work at the Olympic. While you are watching the horse events look for people in some kind of uniform, usually a blazer and scarf or tie. You will see them in quick views of in-gates, by the cross country fences…pretty much everywhere.
Other articles in the series:
Memories of an Olympics trial judge for cross country intro
KB Inglee lives in Delaware and works at two local Living History museums as an interpreter. Her prime duty is the care of a flock of heritage sheep. She interprets the Colonial and New Republic periods, but she has short stories set from the 1780s through the end of the 19th century. Most are detective fiction. She is the author of the children’s book FARMER’S DAUGHTER, MILLER’S SON and has a story in FISH TALES: THE SISTERS IN CRIME GUPPY ANTHOLOGY.