Central New York Dressage & Combined Training Association

Promoting dressage and eventing as art and sport through competitions, clinics and educational activities.

CNYD&CTA is a volunteer organization.  We are always looking for people like you to help connect, enrich and grow our community.It’s fun and easy.  No experience is required.  Check our list of events to see if there is a date that could work for you and reach out to the manager of a show if you can help by being a volunteer.  

We even offer discounts to our Year-End Awards Banquet based on the amount of time you have volunteered over the year.  Volunteering is a great opportunity to educate yourself, feel more comfortable at a show and build community between fellow riders.  We look forward to welcoming you! 

CNYD&CTA events are made possible by the contribution of volunteers 
Volunteer Benefits Include:
Free Volunteer T-Shirt


10 volunteer hours makes you eligible to for Year-End Awards 


Discounts to the Year-End Banquet 
• 4 volunteer hours= $5.00 off the banquet price.
• 8 or more volunteer hours= $10.00 off banquet price. (Limit $10 off)•


Volunteer Details & Useful Information:

  • Ring Set-up (typically the Friday or Saturday before the show date)
  • Ring Breakdown Pickup & clean up(at end of show) 
  • Jump Set Up (typically the Friday or Saturday before the show date) & Break Down.
  • Greeter – hands out numbers to competitor, help direct people where to find bathrooms, water, etc.
  • Scribe – You write down the scores and comments from the judge. This is a GREAT opportunity to learn more about what judges are looking for and theory. USDF Guide for Scribes
  • Runner – Transfers test from scribe to scorer, this job allows you to be able to watch tests
  • Scorer - Tallies up the coefficients and score the test, records the scores on the board
    How to Score a Dressage Test  * Scoring Guidelines for Eventing
  • Ring Steward – Keeps the show flowing smoothly – makes sure riders are present in warm up ring, wearing their numbers and in approve gear.  As well as make sure riders  know who they are after and when they are next in the show arena to help keep the show running on time. USDF Ring Steward Overview
  • Show Manager - Volunteer, facility & judge coordinator and the day of management. Volunteer Signup Sheet  *