Cooking for a cause (aka Chef d’Equipe)
Now read on a bit even if you’re an amateur or a junior rider, we need some help from you on this too.
Chefing is not nearly as intimidating or time consuming as one thinks it may be. In Zone 6, Patrice Urban is the coordinator for all the programs that require a Chef d'Equipe and handles all of the paperwork and responsibility leading up to the championships. The responsibilities of the Chef at that championship include encouraging team spirit, helping guide the participants to events and through the schedule at the championships, selecting order of go, communications, etc., etc.
So you may ask why am I writing about this. We have traditionally had a problem when it comes to championships. We’ve had great chefs with great results, but it’s been a bit tough getting someone lined up, flirting with far to late in selecting that person.
Here is what we on the Zone committee would love to have happen. If trainers know they have a student that is trying to get qualified for one of these championships, or if you do qualify and decide you are going, please tell us. Even if you don’t really want to be a Chef we would love the opportunity to talk you into it.
Riders, don’t assume your trainer has told us. Please encourage them to
because there are benefits for you. There are a couple benefits for you in volunteering or being forced into it (you won’t be forced). First, your name will be publicized as Chef. Secondly, Chefs are allocated funds for reimbursement to help cover their costs to attend the Championships. So, if you're planning to attend this could cover the cost of your trainer attending if they are a Chef.
Here are a list of events that we could use Chefs for:
-Zones 5 & 6 Jumper Team Championships
-Zones 5 & 6 Platinum Jumper Championships
-Zones 5 & 6 Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships
-FEI Jumping North American Youth Championships
-USEF Pony Jumper Championships
-Neue Schule/USEF Junior Jumper National Championships
USHJA Zone 6 Committee Chair