It is twelve months since the new board came together and it has been a massive year. Amongst some of the jobs were an overhaul of administration and financial procedures, reporting in all areas, resolution of five pieces of pending or threatened litigation, social media policy and media policy drafting and rewriting, communication on all levels starting with our own Board and committees and extending to both the EA Board and staff and also to our own members and equestrian groups. A constant process of revising, tweaking, listening to feedback and adjusting has resulted in the development and refinement in many areas. The Hendra debate was a very time consuming subject for many months and you may have seen the release this week from the EA Hendra Working Committee.
The year is finishing with a bang and EV hosted two enormously successful events in December.
The Ego Sun Sense Australasian Show Horse & Rider Championships were a spectacular success and Indoor 1 looked absolutely amazing. This year was the 30-year anniversary of this event and it is a tribute to the hard working committee led by Mitch Fox and Sue Mckay that it enjoyed the success it did.
Our best wishes go to the wounded Show Horse members especially Helen Heagney and we wish her a speedy and full recovery. Helen has been a tower of support to Mitch in his first year of chair and the whole committee has really kicked some goals. Not all states still have a Show Horse Committee let alone one that is stable, strong and co-hesive. Congratulations for conquering that mountain.
The Saddleworld Dressage Festival was wonderfully successful and a very friendly affair. Although the wind tested everyone for the first day we were very lucky the 40+ degree weekend came one week later. Marli Plant made her outstanding debut as Event Director. Congratulations to Marli and her team on a great event. Marli was assisted by Deb McNicol and Iole to run a seamless event, which resulted in a friendly and highly successful competition. Riders from all over the country and New Zealand competed at all levels from Prelim to GP. This year saw the inclusion of HRCAV competing on the Sunday and many enjoyed watching the EV Riders and shopping in the trade village.
Discussion about participation membership continues with regular tele-conferences between the member states. Coming up with an answer that suits all states is not easy. What would suit our Victorian participation members would not work in another state.
On the WPNEC front the three EV Board members who are also on the WPNEC Board have been exploring options with Polo to look for the best way forward. Caroline Stanners, Director Commercial and Tourism of Parks Victoria visited the center and the last meeting this month was held at WPNEC. Parks has made it quite clear that there is no intention of selling the site and there is a strong mutual desire for an ongoing relationship to re develop WPNEC into a modern equestrian venue. Hopefully the next stage will give us the parameters with in which we need to work and then we can go to the various user groups to seek your thoughts.
Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed in any way this last twelve months. The entire organization is dependent on volunteers – without you Equestrian Victoria would not be able to host the vast range of fantastic events – something that is fairly exclusive to Victoria. Heartfelt thanks go to our generous sponsors and dedicated and hard working Discipline Committees and staff.
Take care and stay safe in the bush fire season everyone. Remember that the yards at Werribee Park are open for those in need of refuge and seeking shelter for your equine partners. Please call the duty phone on 0418 685 312 to let us know you will be heading to the venue as it is locked until Janurary the 4th.
Have a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.