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Internationals Horse Trials 2013 at SIEC in late April. We hope our relationship with the Minister (above) will continue to grow over the coming years and we thank him for his and his government’s ongoing support of our sport and venues. Less successful was the EA/ENSW joint bid for equestrian to continue as an NSWIS sport. Equestrian was dropped off the NSWIS inclusion list at the end of 2012. The NSWIS program had a budget of $250,000, $45,000 of which was the ENSW contribution. Equestrian NSW is however committed to continue providing high performance growth via squad clinics and athlete support in 2013 and beyond. This support will come via a significant contribution of funds and resources from Equestrian NSW, EA funding of $38,000 and additional revenue sourced from Eventing NSW and corporate sponsors. Our program delivery costs will total close to $95,000 in 2013 which represents a substantial amount of funds for high performance coming from sources other than EA. The focus for high performance is currently on eventing but NSW is committed to continuing services in this area for dressage and jumping also. Sponsors - in 2012, a very tough year for attracting sponsorship, ENSW forged relationships with CopRice/ NutriRice and Pfizer (Zoetis) for partnering the interschool program in NSW including the state championships. CopRice also has a presence at our annual awards night and in our yearbook. Governance and Administration As mentioned previously ENSW is currently finalising its new constitution. This new document will allow for a formal name change of the organisation to Equestrian NSW, modernise and streamline the Rules of the organisation and enable the new EA membership structure to be adopted with ease now that it has been approved by all stakeholders. The current constitution is over ten years old and can no longer meet the requirements of a modern State Sporting Organisation (SSO), nor does it have consistency with the other states or Equestrian Australia and various nationally adopted by-laws and General Regulations. The board and executive continues to work through its current strategic plan which was recently reviewed. It is aligned with the other EA branches and EA itself, meeting the requirements of effective SSO operation and sport growth as well as meeting KPIs set out by both the Australian Sports Commission and the NSW Government. In the past twelve months we have welcomed to the ENSW staff Nichole Knox as Finance Manager. Nichole is a very experienced accountant who is CPA qualified and and has overseen a restructure of our financial reporting processes to improve transparency and efficiency of the office. Under her newly developed accounting system the organisation now uses an accrual based reporting structure enabling the board and executive to more effectively forecast financial performance and to produce accurate budgets. Members too are now able to see more clearly the financial performance of the branch. In 2013 we welcome a experienced equestrian official and volunteer to the the staff. Andrea Webb has come on board to fill Elysha Sargent’s chair as she goes on maternity leave. Andrea has already proved to be an outstanding worker, covering not only Elysha’s duties in member services but overseeing events and projects as well as working with the CEO and Board closely. After the 2012 AGM we also saw the election of a brand new Chair in Mrs Judy Fasher, a long term champion of equestrian in many forms. She takes over the chair from Dr Derek Major who gallantly led the branch for three years. ENSW Board in 2012 Chair - Derek Major Vice Chair - Michael Benson Judy Fasher Alex Townsend Kelly Paton Linda Beneke Ray Balcomb David Lawrence - on leave of absence from August 2012 Sport Development Through our annual Special Projects Fund, NSW is able to provide financial assistance to projects which focus on participation, regional and youth development and officials and volunteer accreditation and training. Annually we allocate approximately $40,000 in funding for this purpose. In 2012 projects funded by ENSW included a dressage judges seminar, driving and jumping YR clinics, volunteers’ training clinic, eventing course construction clinic, jumping officials training, vaulting clinics and saddlehorse development squads. Equiskills continues to grow in NSW with 84 juniors and adults signing up for the program in 2012. Since inception six years ago Equiskills has attracted over 650 participants, most from outside EA membership and including over 80 adults. We are currently developing pathways for these individuals to transition 1) Velma Lavis, Neale Lavis, the Hon. Graham Annesley MP, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Judy Fasher, Chair Equestrian NSW 2) David Shoobridge on OO Seven Images by SWD Images and Franz Venhaus 4


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