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1 2 3 2012 Equestrian NSW Annual Awards for Excellence – February 12, 2013 Hosting a dazzling array of equestrian stars and some very important guests including The Hon. Graham Annesley MP - Minister of Sport and Recreation, Donna Rygate - CEO of the Office of Communities and Paul Doorn - Executive Director of NSW Sport and Recreation, sponsors (Gow Gates and CopRice) and Olympians, the Equestrian NSW Annual Awards for Excellence, held Tuesday 12th February, was, as always, a fabulous tribute to the achievements of our members in 2012. The Minister was on hand to present awards to our current interschool champions and a medal of recognition to Hannah Dodd, one of our Paralympians in London, to the delight of the 200 strong audience. He also spoke about his own passion for sport and how important a role it plays in our community. While he acknowledged that he isn’t an expert on equestrian he said he very much looked forward to attending some major events on our calendar this year. Another highlight of the evening was the NSW Volunteer of the Year award presented by Donna Rygate, CEO, Office of Communities. From the six deserving finalists representing all ENSW disciplines the overall winner was Bruce McVey of Alexander Park Dressage Club - a very popular winner indeed. The night was made even more special by the presence of some Olympic stars, Wyatt ‘Bunty’ Thompson -1956, Neale Lavis OAM -1960 Gold and Silver medallist, Stuart Tinney- 2000 Gold medallist and Shane Rose - 2008 Silver medallist who were on hand to both present awards and receive them - Shane won Eventing Athlete of the Year. Our new Chair, Judy Fasher, gave a heartfelt speech which charmed the audience with stories ranging from an unusual encounter with Prince Phillip to her experiences with the very youngest of our members at a training camp where one five year old claimed she would prefer to sit out the trotting training as it was “too bumpy”. In a more serious tone Judy also highlighted the pressing need for ENSW to source alternative funds for high performance following the NSWIS decision to drop equestrian and stressed the branch’s commitment to its members as we navigate the challenging EA IT re-development. She also acknowledged our exceptional outgoing Chair, Dr Derek Major and our excellent and cohesive NSW board. Congratulations to all our wonderful finalists and winners. Thank you to our sponsors and a very big thanks to the staff of ENSW, Sue, Nichole, Susie, Elysha and particularly Andrea Webb, who all worked so hard to make the awards night a great success. See you next year. Full list of winners below. Saddlehorse Presented by Secretary of ENSW Saddlehorse, Renae Dorney Young Athlete of the Year - Annabel Mulready Annabel has just very successfully finished her HSC but managed in between studying to qualify again in two events by winning her classes at the ENSW HOTY to represent our state at the 2012 Equestrian Australia Show Horse and Rider Championships held in early December last year. This time Annabel made it a back to back wins being awarded the National Champion Small Hack of the Year for the second year in a row and also winning the National Champion Intermediate Rider of the Year. Annabel’s riding time this year was limited but with the help of her support team, Mark Kiddle and Malcolm McRae and Jonny from M and M Performance Horses and mum Debbie, Annabel achieved major success at again at national level. Athlete of the Year - Angela Rodham Angela is a very successful lady rider winning numerous Champion and Reserve Champion titles at Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane Royals as well as Rider of the Year titles at both State and National level. 2012 was a successful year with Angela winning Champion Lady Rider at Canberra Royal, Reserve Champion Lady Rider at Sydney Royal, ENSW Rider of the Year and EA National Rider of the Year. Angela is also a very accomplished side saddle competitor with consistent wins at Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne Royals in horse, turnout and rider events. 116


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