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From the Office... In 2012 Equestrian NSW achieved significant goals in sport development, event and athlete support, government and corporate sponsorship, member services and stakeholder relationship building. Most notably ENSW has remained a steady and reliable source of service delivery to members during the turbulent transition to the new ICT platform launched by EA. In 2012 reforms to the sport and its structure have placed substantial stress on the operations of ENSW, its staff and board and has generated much discussion amongst the general membership. While always being aware of the need for unity with the states and EA, the NSW branch has remained a steadfast advocate for the needs of its members first and foremost. Member Services In 2012 Equestrian NSW has been operating a dual membership inputting service, maintaining both the old Access database and entering limited details for members into the Equnect program. In 2012 NSW identified, along with other states, the limitations of Equnect and so lobbied actively for the Equnect system to be pared back and for the branch to maintain the more reliable Access database. This has meant NSW has continued to service members as efficiently as possible and assist them directly with their use of Equnect where they chose to do so. In NSW we have not witnessed any decline in membership levels. We have also been able to maintain past levels of financial support provided to the sport due to a strong financial position and prudent management and allocation of funds by the board and executive. Supporting the Sport In 2012 NSW was able to fund a variety of activities including major events, development projects such as regional athlete and officials development, training clinics for young riders and sport committee administration for almost $300,000. This level of support ensures that the sport continues to develop and grow in terms of delivery of world class events, venue maintenance, creation of pathways for junior riders, efficient administration of the sport and providing an attractive proposition for government and corporate sponsorship. That the NSW office maintains such a comparatively small staff yet continues to deliver a high quality service to members and committees allows the board each year to inject this high level of funding back into the sport and is an overriding factor in the continued effectiveness of ENSW. Stakeholder Engagement Members/Committees - in late 2012 ENSW hosted a forum for representatives of our sport committees and members to discuss the proposed EA membership review. We are continuing to facilitate engagement between these stakeholders and EA in order to achieve acceptance of the restructure by July 1st, 2013. NSW has also committed to redrafting its constitution in 2013. To this end the board has reached agreement on the draft of the Constitution and is currently engaging members with the goal to installing a new constitution and the name ‘Equestrian NSW ‘as of July 1st, 2013. Government - ENSW has maintained a strong relationship with the NSW government for many years, strengthened further after EI when we worked closely with various ministers and their departments for over eight months. In 2012 NSW not only received its $53,000 annual funding through the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation Sport Development Program but we are able to successfully bid for an additional $27,000 to invest in the cross country course jumps and footing at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. We continue to forge a very productive and progressive relationship with our Olympic legacy venue and hope to continue to ensure this venue is maintained for the long term for use by all horse sports. The NSW Minister of Sport, The Hon. Graham Annesely MP, was a welcome guest not only at our Equestrian NSW Annual Awards for Excellence, held February 2013, but at the cross country day of the Sydney 3


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