If you’re ever hired or volunteer (God bless you) for horse show jump crew duty, there are certain things you should know in advance. Your days will start early. Very early. You’ll be doing a LOT of heavy lifting. And you’ll watch so many novice hunter rounds go that you’ll begin to question whether you have the will to survive this ordeal…annnd then you’ll sit through another 40 trips.

This is a day in the life of a jump crewman, one of the horse show’s most essential employees. Think you’ve got what it takes?