News and updates from our Area Delegate
AGM Conference Palmerston North
Arrived Friday night and finding the Hotel with the name Distinction was not as easy as one with think, with road works going on and cones all over the place & in the dark did not stand out like one would have thought. After checking in was put on the second floor and no elevator there was 50 steps between the bottom and top so had some good exercise while away.
Day 1 of the conference was a little messy as fog delayed flights coming into Palmerston North so the set agenda could not be followed. There were 22 areas representing Dressage at the AGM and many very strong personalities present, with this in mind the quote: “We are all colorful threads which make a tapestry of our sport”. The use of drug testing in dressage was also brought up & the therapeutic use of medications have a four year exemption & covers all riders including Para riders in national and international events. For ESNZ/FEI officials attending a non-event are not covered by insurance for non- affiliated persons to use ESNZ/FEI officials a charge of $60.00 per event allows them to use all ESNZ rules, tests & officials. Brooke Dillion Manager of Para NZ spoke of the para sport within New Zealand, with 70+ riders registered with Para, normally may have 10-15 at an event. 13 officials are list 3 & above. Brooke is working on seminars, national level tests & high performance pathways.
After lunch break the missing key speakers for the remits had arrived and after nearly two hours of discussion going around and around with everyone agreeing that the noseband rule needed to be addressed & Jody Hartstone saying she will buy all stewards a taper gauge, which had half thinking wow that is generous while the other half were thinking how do we become stewards to get one, it was agreed on that the one finger under the noseband in front of the horse’s face was the applied rule and will be amended as from the 1 st August. If a rider is suspected of having, a noseband too tight, stewards will then be asked to check the noseband.
At the end of the discussion was not much left to discuss and the squads were announced:
The dinner and awards held on the Saturday was a great night with plenty of food on offer and also the auction of items which was amazing how deep into pockets people went. A number plate with drsage Was put up for auction and went for $1700 which had everyone gasping, though when I first saw thought it meant either of two: drs age or dr sage both to be proven wrong.
Sunday began with discussion on the tests and the need for them to be updated as Level3D was not liked by most riders. HOY came under discussion with all warm up classes having no prize money, this caused quite a bit of discussion among riders who say some only go to HOY for the prize money to help pay for costs, this also baffled a few as what if they did not place. Celine asked if an audio file would be helpful for sponsor notes at shows to play during breaks of sponsors for the shows. Contact Celine for support if Areas require this. An Area Dropbox is available where all information is stored again contact Celine for information on how to access the drop box, also to add to the drop box if required. Care of banners when used at shows as one is missing & others are coming back broken, if you have one that is broken contact Wendy Hamerton and she will organize to have it fixed. Special care of the pull up banners as they can break if pulled up wrong.
Health & Safety: Incident forms are available on Google Forms and should be filled out no matter the incident whether minor as small incidents can lead to major accidents. With reporting of minor incidents a pattern can then be established. Crisis management can be found in the drop box contact Celine if you need to access this.
Was a good weekend of learning and thank you to Dressage Taranaki for giving me the privilege of attending the conference.
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