Our True Horsepower


World-class events need world-class volunteers – and we feel that Spruce Meadows’ volunteers are the very best. Our volunteer Pegasus Club is made up of the more than 500 people who help out during tournaments.

To become a member of the Spruce Meadows Pegasus Club all we ask is that you are at least 18 years of age. Keep in mind that there is no public transit serving Spruce Meadows, so we recommend that you live close by and have reliable transportation. Various times and dates are available and we will try to cater your schedule to ours.

Thank you for considering volunteering at Spruce Meadows! We are delighted you would consider joining our team – please read the following information on the different volunteering positions available. If you are interested in helping us, please click on application form and enter your contact information.

Volunteer Schedule

 

 

2014 'April Classic' Tournament - Updated April 22, 2014

 

2014 'May Classic' Tournament - Updated April 22, 2014

 

 

Would you like to be a Spruce Meadows Volunteer?

 Volunteer Form Volunteer Manual 

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions. These are most of the positions available:

Ground Crew


Flagperson
Gateperson
Ringmaster

 

Ground Crew

Flagperson

Flagging is a key component of a tournament as accurate timing is essential to the success of our sport. As a Flagger, you are responsible for informing the hand timers (located in the judges' booth) when the horses cross the start and finish lines. Flaggers are positioned by the ringmaster in conjunction with the judges and hand timers.

 

Gateperson

As the Gateperson, you are responsible for the entrance and exit of athletes in to and out of the competitive arena. With the aid of the Hitching Ring, you are the final check to ensure that competitors are entering the arena in the correct order.

 

Ringmaster

As Ringmaster you have a central role in the management of a competition ring during events. Your ultimate responsibility is to ensure that the ring runs efficiently and safely, while working closely with the Competitions Manager as well as all of the volunteers at the ring. Further, you are responsible to ensure that any sponsors that may be in attendance are assisted as required.

Meadowview Lounge & Presentations


Meadowview Lounge - Bar
Meadowview Lounge - Kitchen
Presentations

 

Meadowview Lounge & Presentations

Meadowview Lounge - Bar

Duties for the bar area include serving water, checking for appropriate accreditation and identification, maintaining and tidying the coffee station, adjacent tables and snack area around the bar, stocking coolers and cleaning at the end of the day.

Meadowview Lounge - Kitchen


Kitchen duties include some dish washing, display of food for lunch and dinner and some food preparation.

Presentations

Presentations volunteers predominantly assist with the award ceremonies that follow each competition. There could be as many as six rings with competitions in each ring on any given tournament day.

Transportation Crew


Transportation
 

Transportation Crew

Transportation

As a driver, you are an integral part of the Pegasus group of volunteers as you are often the first face that our fans, sponsors and officials see as they arrive at Spruce Meadows. You are responsible for the transportation of officials, sponsors and special guests to and from airports, hotels and so on. Additionally, you provide golf cart services to visitors around the Spruce Meadows grounds. This position requires a person who enjoys driving, is familiar with the city and with the Spruce Meadows property, and is personable and capable of handling change and inclement weather.

Ring Crew


Hand Timer
Recorder
 

Hand Timer

As a hand timer, you are responsible for providing backup timing for the electronic timing system in the event of a system malfunction. There is always a minimum of two hand timers in each competitive ring.



Recorder

As the recorder, you are the link between the hitching ring / gate and the judges’ booth. The recorder communicates information between these areas and records results during the competition.


  Meet a Volunteer

 


 

 

Carol & Barry Ashton

Barry and Carol’s introduction to Spruce Meadows occurred more than 20 years ago when then Brigadier-General Barry Ashton was the Commander of the Land Force Western Area and presided over the ceremonies for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. Intrigued by Spruce Meadows, once he retired from the military, Barry and Carol chose to volunteer at the tournaments. With his gentle manner and friendly smile, Barry now takes on a frontline role with our fans and guests as a stalwart member of the Spruce Meadows Transportation team. Carol can be found behind the scenes implementing her detail-oriented skills – spending countless hours as recorder on the All Canada, International Rings, and the Equi-Plex, helping to ensure that each round of competition in each tournament runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.  With Carol at the helm in the judges’ booth, we know that we are in the best hands!

We believe that Carol and Barry are most worthy recipients of the prestigious Rolex Commitment to Excellence Award in 2012. They each represent the epitome of the perfect volunteer:  they come to Spruce Meadows armed with enthusiasm, commitment to excellence, and ready smiles.  Thank you so much to Carol and Barry!

 

 

Nancy Barrett

A member of the Pegasus Club at Spruce Meadows for the last five years, Nancy Barrett has become an integral part of the Spruce Meadows volunteer team. She has helped in many different areas (such as timing and presentations) and is known for her patience and thoroughness when training new volunteers. Nancy literally never says no when asked to help out and usually gives Spruce Meadows a full day of her time to accommodate schedule changes. This dedication is much appreciated, especially since she is such a busy individual! Nancy and her husband recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary and have two sons. She is a retired school teacher but still finds time to be an avid swimmer, practitioner of yoga and world traveller; most recently she has traveled to Ireland and Hawaii.

Nancy is the recipient of the 2012 Dr. John & Mrs. Chris Wood Pegasus Volunteer of the Year Award – congratulations Nancy!

 

 

Jerry Bulman - In Memoriam

Jerry Bulman was a most cherished and valuable member of the Spruce Meadows Pegasus group of volunteers. Jerry first started volunteering in 2009 as gateperson and was an absolute natural. Jerry took on the gateperson position with such ease and poise that he soon became known as one of the best on the crew. Often volunteering as a team, Jerry and his lovely wife Barbara, helped with countless shifts over the past three years, with tremendous spirit, professionalism, and positivity.

Jerry passed away peacefully on August 12, 2012 after a valiant battle with brain cancer. We thank Jerry for not only helping with the tournaments, but sharing his joy for life, excellent sense of humour, and warm personality.

Jerry – we will miss you at Spruce Meadows and will always treasure the time we spent with you. Thank you for being such a special part of the Pegasus group.

 

 

Rosemary Bishop

Rosemary Bishop has volunteered with the Pegasus group of volunteers at Spruce Meadows since 1990. She has been involved in a number of different roles including gateperson, presentations, recorder, hitching ring and most recently timing. She is heavily involved in the community and is a proud mother of two children and grandmother of two.  Despite her admirable community involvement and her duties as grandmother, she always finds time to help with the tournaments, and to assist with new volunteers whenever possible. In short, Rosemary is a valued volunteer and true friend to Spruce Meadows. Rosemary was recognized for her years of service last year by being selected to receive the Rolex Canada “Commitment to Excellence” award in 2011.

 
 

Gwen Anderson

Gwen has been volunteering with the Pegasus Group of Volunteers at Spruce Meadows since 1995. She began volunteering at the suggestion of a co-worker at the time because Gwen’s daughter was a rider and she thought it might be a good fit for her. That was over 16 years ago, and Gwen has been an extraordinary volunteer ever since. Gwen helps in the Presentations Group at Spruce Meadows, and is always eager to lend a helping hand, with presentations on any ring, during any tournament. Gwen always sports a beautiful smile, and is an integral member of the Spruce Meadows Presentations Group. Gwen was born in Calgary, but grew up in Rosebud, Alberta and is married, with one daughter. Gwen is a dedicated community member, and has volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Society and other community groups. Gwen was the recipient of the Dr. John & Mrs. Chris Wood Pegasus Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011 as a token of Spruce Meadows’ appreciation for all of her hard work and dedication to Spruce Meadows.

 

 

Colleen Spence

Colleen is a truly amazing volunteer with the Pegasus Group of Volunteers at Spruce Meadows. Colleen began volunteering over eleven years ago with her sister Diane, in the Volunteer Transportation Department. After helping for a number of years in Transportation, Colleen decided that she wanted to volunteer in a capacity that was closer to the horse, so she moved to the rings and began hand timing, then moved to recording, which is now her main post. Colleen also helps with gate keeping, flagging and presentations – a truly special volunteer! Colleen never misses a tournament at Spruce Meadows, and rarely misses an individual competition day. We could not run our tournaments without dedicated and extraordinary volunteers like Colleen. In addition to her interest in equine sports, Colleen is also a dog enthusiast, having owned many special pets in her life. She also keeps busy with her two lovely grandsons, and as a professional genealogist. The staff, officials and sponsors of Spruce Meadows truly appreciate Colleen and her selfless dedication to the sport, and the Spruce Meadows’ vision. Colleen, along with her sister Diane, were awarded the Dr. John & Mrs. Chris Wood Pegasus Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008.

 

Volunteer Picture

 

Jennifer Tizzard

Jennifer is the Coordinator for the Volunteer Drivers. She was one of the original transportation crew from the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and she, together with a group of other volunteers from the Olympics, continued to provide volunteer driving services to select venues. Jennifer has been a part of the Spruce Meadows Pegasus Club since 1990 and was awarded the 2003 Rolex Canada “Commitment to Excellence” Award at Spruce Meadows for her dedicated years as a volunteer. Everyone who meets Jennifer is amazed by her patience and her kindness – the staff, officials and sponsors of Spruce Meadows all truly appreciate her and recognize her as an unsung hero.