Showjumper wins sports maker award


Waipuku­rau showjumper Claire Wil­son re­ceived an un­ex­pected sur­prise at the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Pony Club’s AGM ear­lier this month.

For her work with the club, Wil­son was pre­sented with Sport Hawke’s Bay’s Sports Maker Award for the month of May.

“She’s an amaz­ing vol­un­teer,” said pony com­mit­tee mem­ber Jane von Dadel­szen. “Our club is full of won­der­ful peo­ple who all con­trib­ute but when it came to think­ing about who to nom­i­nate for this award, we couldn’t go past Claire.”

Un­til re­cently, Wil­son was the as­sis­tant chief coach for CHBPC — a role which re­quired her to coach across all ages and lev­els. She has also staged the ‘Win­ter Olympics’ at her fam­ily’s Mt Her­bert Farm for nine years, with this year’s event rais­ing $20,200 for Flem­ing­ton School and the Hawke’s Bay Res­cue He­li­copter Trust.

To top things off, Wil­son also hosts a fundrais­ing Triathlon with a Twist at her prop­erty. This year’s sec­ond an­nual event raised $2035 for St John am­bu­lance at Po­ran­ga­hau.

Wil­son said she was very sur­prised to re­ceive the award at the pony club meet­ing.

“Stunned, in fact! It could have gone to a num­ber of peo­ple in the room. These suc­cess­ful events could not have got off the ground with­out the many peo­ple I have sup­port­ing me . . . It’s a huge team ef­fort.”

Wil­son has traded in her coach­ing role at the pony club af­ter be­ing ap­pointed as the rider’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Eques­trian Sports New Zealand’s (ESNZ) Jump­ing Board. As an up­per-level showjump­ing com­peti­tor, Wil­son be­lieved she could bring bring a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive to the jump­ing board.

Wil­son will be ap­pointed to the board on July 1, re­plac­ing fel­low for­mer Olympic Cup win­ner Maurice Beat­son.


Waipuku­rau’s Claire Wil­son (cen­tre) af­ter be­ing pre­sented with her Sports Maker of the month award at Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Pony Club’s re­cent AGM.

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