At the AGM earlier in the month David Turner resigned as President and was presented with an RAS excellence medal by Richard Brewer. David has served two terms as president totalling five years. No one stood for this position so the role will be filled sometime in the year by the executive committee. Ross Corrigan remains the Patron for another term. Two new committee members were elected, Benjamin Abbott has a dairy farming background and has been involved in the show committee through the Young Farmers organisation. Slaone Wallace is a member of Dressage Taranaki and will bring a wealth of Health & Safety knowledge to the table from her day job at Fonterra. Cara Hayes was elected to the show committee. Cara is no stranger to the show she has worked on Kidzone for many years as part of the NZME team she will take over the entertainment position that was vacated by Andrea Te Puni. Unfortunately Danny and Kylee Perrett were unable to attend to receive the Arundell Cup won at the 2017 show.
We are very pleased to announce that Janet Morgan has been engaged as the new Executive Officer taking the reins over from Celine Filbee. Janet has extensive experience in the not for profit sector, is very capable and organised and will bring a fresh perspective to the organisation. Janet and her husband Dean have moved back to Hawera recently and have strong family ties to the region. Janet is excited and enthusiastic about her new role.
Winter equestrian training events are now well underway, Vanessa Way is running regular clinics, Lynley Bolt ran the first of two clinic this month and Taranaki Equestrian Jumping and Dressage have several training and competition days booked in. The recent Taranaki Indoor Sheep Dog Trial was featured on the TV news programme 7 Sharp and the Hawera Dog Training Club saw over 300 competitors converge on Hawera for their annual indoor agility event. Calf sales have started on Mondays and Thursdays under new biosecurity measures implemented in response to the Micoplasma Bovis outbreak. August’s big event will be the Taranaki Road Racing Champs hosted by Hawera Harriers and Hawera Pony Club have their first rally scheduled for the season.
Tony Marshall has settled into his new role, he has been working with a PD gang around the lake to clear some of the overgrown trees. He has also been working on fencing and building maintenance along with the usual mowing and arena preparation. Malcolm Hurley has been dealing to the old mans beard in the gully behind the grandstand, he also spent a week working with Richard Brewer to complete the power upgrade. The grass space inside the Burnside Ave gate now looks magnificent without the old power poles, the grass is coming away quickly so it will be spick and span for the show. Funding from Pelorus Trust assisted in getting this project off the ground and Mark Frost Electrical also made a generous donation to this project. Blair Gorrie and his team at Taranaki Civil Construction have recently make some improvements to the surface in the TSB Centre, removing tonnes of clay and levelling both the clay floor and the sand surface to a uniform depth throughout. Part of this work was generously sponsored by the business.
Phil Dickey recently resigned as President of Taranaki Equestrian Jumping after serving 17 years. Phil was instrumental in the stable up grade at the showgrounds during his tenure. He worked closely with Judy Merthens the secretary at the time raising around a million dollars, the result of this is some of the best horse accommodation in NZ. Phil has always been forward thinking and proactive in fostering a strong relationship between the two organisations. BTW Company who Phil is a director off were a big financial supporters of the 2017 show, this was due to Phils wish to see the FEI World Cup Jumping round presented successfully. Phil was always first man on deck at the show and last man standing, bringing an enthusiastic and skilled volunteer with him. The association wishes Phil well in his retirement and thanks him for his considerable input.
Hawera Auto Court Egmont Show
The annual show is now not far away. The various sections classes are almost finalised and schedules will be in circulation in late August. Funding has been received from the TSB Community Trust which has allowed us to book children’s entertainer Craig Smith the author of the world famous Wonkey Donkey, Craig is sure to be a big attraction for the children. Billy Black Woolman will also attend, ex sheep shearer Billy was part of a record breaking shearing marathon, 8500 sheep in one day breaking the work record, Billy contributing 675 to that tally. His stage show tells the history of sheep farming in NZ, he comes with his own pet pig and a few pyrotechnic stunts involving a kiwi icon, the good old black woollen singlet. Live music and entertainment on several stages will be a big feature of the show following on from the success last year. A team including Miranda Cullen, Cherol Filbee and Diana Reid have revived the Showtime Artwear competition originally run by Jan Dunlop and her team in 2014, it was very popular back then and is sure to be again in 2018!
Paper Plus Leisure Pleasure & Treasure Section
New for the section is the Spud in a Bucket competition, this will be part of the Fruit & Vegetable section, competitors will bring their crop for display at the show, only one tuber is permitted in a 10 litre bucket, so budding gardeners will need to start preparing their bucket soon! Chief Steward Jocelyn Baldwin is planning a rose showing workshop to teach interests exhibitors the finer details of showing your blooms off. There will be details about this workshop in the schedule.
Officials have been finalised for the Harris Taylor FEI World Cup Round Jumping class. At the helm of the Jumping Section we welcome Tanya Hansen who has taken over as President at Taranaki Equestrian Jumping after her father Phil‘s retirement. Jumping will again be run for three days at the show, we have a full schedule of ESNZ series classes planned and are expect competitors from all over the North Island. Dressage has had a bit of a boost as the TSB Centre is available due to the cancellation of the Cattle section. Therefore classes have been scheduled up to Level 7. Showing is also looking to make use of the indoor facility for some of the classes.
Placemakers D.I.Y Competition
Following on from the fun and hilarity of the inaugural competition last year Placemakers are supporting this event again. Keep your ears open on Hokonui Radio with Bryan Vickery closer to the show as he will be running competitions for family groups to enter. Our Media Partners NZME will pay a big role in the competition along with organiser Shaun Fowlie of Caddick Fowlie Builders.