ESNZ would like to honour the passing of Cameron (Cam) McRae, a former ESNZ president, honorary life member and vice-president.

Cam, who passed away quietly at Summerset Falls, Monday (September 30), served as president from 1999-2002. It was a time when the federation was experiencing financial issues, and together with then chief executive Larry Graham, Cam helped get the organisation back on track.

Cam was the architect of the discipline of eventing for the next generation of eventing riders after the foundation built by the late Boy Caro.  He was also a co-founder of the Kiwi Supporters Club at global equestrian events. Cam started the eventing career of former World and Olympic Champion Blyth Tait by loaning Rata to Blyth, up until then a show jumper, for the 1986 World Eventing Championships at Gawler, South Australia.

Following his retirement in 2002, Cam was made an honorary life member in recognition and appreciation of his outstanding service to ESNZ and equestrian sports in New Zealand.  

ESNZ expresses its sincere condolences to Heather and the extended McRae family.

Cam’s full and long life will be celebrated at 1.30pm, Saturday (October 5) at the Ascension Winery, 480 Matakana Road, Warkworth. Everyone is welcome.

Donations can be made to The Dementia Research Fund at Auckland University.