Less talk MORE AC­TION

Our show jump­ing colum­nist CLAIRE WIL­SON shares news and gos­sip

NZ Horse & Pony - - Jump Off -

Ithought I would open with a lit­tle piece of per­sonal his­tory. I found my old school re­port from 1992 and it talks a lot about me be­ing ‘de­ter­mined and forth­right’. And look­ing back now, I can see that these same char­ac­ter­is­tics have got me into the bad books with some of the elite. So I do ad­mit, I am not afraid to ques­tion those in per­ceived power! But don’t take it per­son­ally, I have been stand­ing up for what I be­lieve in for a fair few years and I’m not go­ing to stop now!

I bet you are won­der­ing what my lat­est cru­sade is. Well, I’ve heard far too many sto­ries where the front­line work­ers at a show are get­ting abused by rid­ers. Many of these vol­un­teers are sim­ply try­ing to de­liver the best ser­vice pos­si­ble and (more of­ten than not) with very lit­tle thanks. So I am go­ing to start out show­ing some ap­pre­ci­a­tion to some of our valu­able vol­un­teers!

At the AON Premier Show held at Wood­hill, my spies saw Paula Mussen and Ni­cola Smith out in the ring, pick­ing up lots of rails! Yes, even rid­ers can spend time help­ing out as ground crew, in be­tween their classes.

Young­sters Jess Sch­nell and Tessa Waldin have been spot­ted do­ing ran­dom acts of kind­ness at the re­cent shows. And this just proves that you don’t have to be an adult to be a kind vol­un­teer!

At Dan­nevirke, sin­gle, young course de­signer Mar­cus Rose did a good job of his courses in ring three. And ob­servers no­ticed that there were lots of young fe­males there to help him ad­just the courses. Em­ploy­ing good-look­ing course builders; could this be a cun­ning plan to re­cruit more vol­un­teers?

One no­tice­able vol­un­teer at the Master­ton A&P was Trevor Pearce, who even with a bro­ken arm, was help­ing to change courses all week­end! De­siree Fox­ley is another in­jured rider who has put her­self to good use, sup­port­ing rid­ers and con­tribut­ing as a call-up stew­ard.

Rid­ing With The Stars, held at Hamil­ton’s Claude­lands Arena, suc­cess­fully show­cased our sport to the wider pub­lic. There was a huge crew to thank, but Chris and Helen Hansen along with Roger Jef­ferd were a few in­di­vid­u­als who do­nated their time to help stage this fea­ture event.

Much of the work­load for the show jump­ing de­part­ment of the Horse of the Year Show fell on the Hawke’s Bay area com­mit­tee. I be­lieve that this group of hard-work­ing vol­un­teers put in weeks of

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