At this point, the responsibility and opportunity for organisational reform of equestrian sports falls squarely in the lap of the new board of directors. The board will have an exciting and full agenda to remodel and rebuild the sport. It will need the support, input and understanding from members as it addresses the key strategies needed for the long-term success and enjoyment of equestrian sports by members and the community.
The reorganisation of our sport is a complex issue. The sport has multi-disciplines, each with its own requirements, competition needs and skill sets for both riders and horses. That is a wide spectrum that generates numerous choices which in the end will call for sound judgement to resolve. We members will need to think big-picture resolutions and put aside any parochial views — and that’s not always easy when our horse passions are stirred up!
I reckon we are up to meeting the call to build the sport — do you?
In closing, I wish to advise readers of my impending retirement as Chairman of Equestrian Life, and in doing so I thank you wholeheartedly for your support.
My journey with Equestrian Life began 10 years ago with the publication of Equestrian Life magazine, and since then we have published 53 issues in print and six monthly digital issues. Along the way, our focus on the proliferation of new technologies has transformed the business into a multi-media company with 12 media platforms and meaningful scale.
Equestrian Life pioneered live and virtual streaming of equestrian competitions in Australia and today its platforms cover a diverse range of audiences here and abroad which have resulted in it becoming the respected voice of the sport.
It has been a fulfilling journey full of new horizons and made possible by quality staff whose high professional standards and unique insights have earned them wide industry admiration. Our regular columnists, commentators and freelancers, who are the best in the sport, have been an enduring source of editorial creativity and inspiration. I have been privileged to share their friendship and passion for horses.
Our loyal band of readers, advertisers and sponsors has ensured a mutually rewarding partnership.
I am looking forward to watching the business continue to develop in the years ahead. For the future, I have called for expressions of interest (EOI) for the business as a going concern.
With best wishes and thoughts for a smooth return to the saddle and living post-Covid. EQ