Jackie & Sartorial Hit SW. Picture provided by Bella Maitland Photography


Dressage Otago has nominated Jackie Thomas as deserving of the Volunteer of the Month Award for June 2022!

Jackie is the  Dressage Otago Arena working bee convenor and also manages the relationship with the Taieri A&P Society where their grounds are located.

Jackie also administers the TL MacLean Ltd South Island Points Prize series, providing information, liaising with South Island dressage groups, sending invoices and thank you letters  and liaising with the finalists at the completion of the event.

With Covid in the air this season, Jackie also took up the newly created role of rider liaison, which allowed the group to run more efficiently and safely around Covid requirements. She provided the family camper to accommodate the rider office which assisted keep riders fully informed and separated from the officials. She was one of several key members of our group who put their own riding aside for the last tournament to enable us to run a successful event.

Next season Jackie will again take on the Treasurer role for the group, a role in which she excelled at previously for a record twelve years (at that time along with sponsorship, programme, and schedules). She has also been involved with the Health & Safety plan for four years.

Detail orientated and straight shooting, Jackie is a real asset to our group and undoubtedly instrumental in the success of our small committee. She is a wonderful example of a rider contributing so much to administration.

We are very grateful that Jackie and her family moved to Otago and joined our group in 2000.

She originally discovered dressage and had some lessons with Marjorie Robertson in Southland just six months before moving to Otago and has since gone from strength to strength. She particularly enjoys building the partnership with her horse, working within its ability, improving the way of going and the training, and feeling those special moments. Jackie currently competes in Small Tour on Sartorial Hit SW and is working her way quietly towards Grand Prix.

You can nominate your ESNZ Volunteer of the Month by emailing us at [email protected]  with Volunteer of the Month in the subject line.

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