Bay of Plenty
Formed in June 1999 Bay of Plenty Show Hunter was the brain child of Joan FOX & Jill Ullrich. Until this time Show hunter had been run by the Show Jumping group in our region. Joan felt Show Hunter would be better promoted by a seperate commitee with their focus purely on promoting Show Hunter. The group has developed considerably over the years to include many keen 'up and coming' riders eager to develop their quality of riding, and their horses performance. The group also includes the more experienced campaigners who have been gracing the circuit with finely tuned riding for some time.
From the start...
The membership has gone up and down over the years with a severe downturn of local competitors in recent years. Busy lives and the cost and availability of grazing appeared to have a detrimental influence on competitors and Pony Club membership alike. Now the Pony Club has included Show Hunter in their program there has been a resurgence of interest and Rotorua's future looks promising.
The main reasons for promoting Showhunter in New Zealand are to develop better schooled, smoother, safer jumping; more balanced confident horses. To provide a competitive opportunity for less aggressive and/or green riders and/or horses. To develop smoother riding, more balanced, sympathetic, analytical riders and trainers. And to give experienced riders the opportunity to compete and improve their riding skills
Tauranga is blessed with better ground conditions than Rotorua with a sandy free draining base. Tauranga is run by a wonderful enthusiastic small group of rookies who run a very efficient Winter series enjoyed by all. The Winter series is run as a training show so is very relaxed but the events are judged and ribbons are supplied to the placegetters. There is a High point Hack and Pony prize for each event and an overall High Point Hack & Pony prize for the entire series. Dress is casual but an approved hard hat and safe foot wear must be worn at all times. In the early years Rotorua members were involved in the running of these shows but the distance made it very difficult so it was hugely appreciated when Tauranga became experienced enough to take over the reins
Rotorua is the parent branch for the Bay of Plenty. Rotorua started with a strong membership for many years and ran a Winter series and at least three Registered shows every year. In recent years our membership dropped sharply and over the last five years the group has been run solely by Debbi Marshall, Joan Couper and Charelle Marshall. The group still has a small number of helpers amongst it's members who are invaluable when it comes to building courses for the shows. Most of these helpers are also competitors and this has made running shows very difficult. We have dropped to just the one, two day show per year held in conjunction with the Rotorua A & P Show on Auckland Anniversary Weekend every year. We rely heavily on our competitors and spectators to help us with Gate stewarding, picking up pole's and changing courses. We have had wonderful support from these people on many occassions. Every little bit of help is greatly appreciated as many hands make light work. Please think before you complain about something. Those people you see working at the shows are doing it out of the goodness of their hearts. They are not being paid and they are giving up valuable time to make your day better. If you think you can do better volunteer your help. Constructive criticism is far better than complaining
Opotiki is our new fledgling branch. With Sandy Richmond's help Opotiki ran their first ever training show last season to see how they would manage. Having survived the experience they have decided to run a High Point show this season. Opotiki is run by a small handful of very enthusiastic people and they have also organised a course building day to further the interest of competitors. The show will be held in February 2009. Opotiki is very keen to get up and running so if you live in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and are interested in Show hunter drop Charelle an email and she will give you Opotiki's contacts