We love a group of #GameChangers! Tabitha Skegg wanted to make special mention of this group for going the extra mile at the recent Wairarapa A&P Show where she was secretary.

Sarah and Penny Borthwick who were there all weekend and stayed two hours after to help pack away jumps.

Chloe Hansen, Lucy Fell, Josh Lavelle, Claire Wilson and Joanna Andrews all sent wine and chocolates to the office which was so appreciated!

Andrew Ormond, who was competing, but at the last minute also answered the call to be the duty farrier.

Ike Baker, Brooke Edgecombe, Brent Robertson and Mandy Illston who all helped out in various ways.

Tabitha said she “noticed a huge change in the vibe of the show”, part of which she attributes to the Change the Rein campaign.

Thank you Tabitha for giving us this great feedback and telling us about these great people in our sport. They are a great example of what we mean when we talk about #GameChangers: people who are helpful, supportive and encouraging. So, a great big thank you and congratulations to you all. These are the values which our Change the Rein campaign is all about.

#GameChangers is about encouraging people to tell us about acts of kindness or helpfulness by ESNZ members that made a difference to someone’s day.  So, please keep your eyes and ears open when you’re out and about and nominate someone you witness doing something kind, supportive, helpful for someone (or a horse) that demonstrates the sort of inclusive, supportive, safe and friendly culture we’re working towards with Change the Rein.  We will make sure people are aware of what great people we have in our sport.

If you want to nominate an ESNZ #GameChanger, this is what you do:

Please email to [email protected],nz the following information (#GameChangers in the subject line):

  • Person nominating the #GameChanger – your name, contact details (email & phone number)
  • Who is the ESNZ member being nominated as a #GameChanger (name, discipline, area group/club and role eg official, rider, volunteer, parent)
  • Photo of the #GameChanger person (not necessarily in the act, so to speak)
  • What was the #GameChanger behaviour witnessed and the outcome (this doesn’t need to be heroic – just a kind, considerate, helpful, supportive, inclusive, welcoming, friendly act)