New Membership Review - FAQ

Published 16 June 2017

New question added 21 June 2017

ESNZ HORSE POWER PROGRAMME

The ESNZ High Performance HorsePower Programme is about ensuring Kiwi riders are coupled with medal-winning horses.  There are many parts that make up the HorsePower Programme – it is about identifying, sourcing and securing medal-potential horses for kiwi riders and then developing them into medal-winning horses.  The HorsePower Loan Fund is just one part of the HorsePower Programme.

High Performance Sport NZ granted ESNZ High Performance a fund of $250,000 for the provision of a HorsePower Loan Fund.

  • This fund is specifically for the provision of HorsePower Loans to Eventing High Performance Riders to enable the early securing of potential high performance horses. This is part of the HorsePower strategy to ensure NZ riders can secure horses immediately and then work on getting syndicates or owners together to fund the purchase.
  • Tagged specifically by HPSNZ for High Performance use, not for general ESNZ matters.
  • No ESNZ membership fees or horse registration fees are used for this fund.
  • The HP Loan Fund process was acknowledged by HPSNZ and ESNZ as being likely to have risks attached.
  • HPSNZ are aware of the fact that some of this HP Loan Fund needed to be written off in 2016 as a consequence of one of those risks eventuating.

In 2016 the ESNZ HP Loan Fund Process was reviewed.

  • HPSNZ have been advised and consulted on the review and the risks entailed.
  • New checks and balances have been introduced to the process going forward to better manage and mitigate the risks. Applications to use this fund are required to meet minimum criteria and are subject to a rigorous quality assurance process, including vetting and full insurance of the horses are required.
  • Jointly agreed between ESNZ HP and HPSNZ that the HorsePower Loan Scheme has been largely successful to date (with eight horses purchased through the scheme with loans fully paid back – only one has not been paid back and this was fully disclosed in the 2016 annual report).
  • ESNZ HP is currently working on ways to grow the scope and breadth of this fund through alternate philanthropic funding.
  • In High Performance the marginal gains are tiny, so there’s always going to be risk attached with investment. In dealing with horses, this risk is greater because of the risk to both horse and rider of injury and the unknowns of dealing with an animal. This risk is taken into account by ESNZ and HPSNZ.

WHY DID THE REGISTRATION HAVE TO GO UP?

The 2014 model introduced a lot of free memberships into the sport which were designed to increase participation.

It was thought these people would transition into paying members but that did not happen. Therefore the financial performance of ESNZ Central deteriorated to the point that it could not finance its operations.

Management and the board have made some hard calls to turn this around, staff have not been replaced, costs have been cut dramatically and we have had to spend a lot of time on grant funding and other ways to bring in money.

We understand it is difficult for some to pay the increase but the casual membership fee should help some of those people.

WHY WEREN’T WE CONSULTED?

All members were given the opportunity to give their views on the proposed membership structure. A discussion document was prepared and sent out through area groups, disciplines and generally on the website etc.

Anyone could respond to that and we received a lot of responses.  The feedback was taken to the ESNZ board who made some interim decisions and then referred the decisions back to the discipline boards for further consultation again.

The membership is a one year model which will be analysed and checked throughout the year to see how it is tracking.

MEMBERSHIP REVIEW CONSULTATION DOCUMENT

HOW DOES MY MEMBERSHIP FEE GET ALLOCATED?

Download the attached table - HOW DOES MY MEMBERSHIP FEE GET ALLOCATED

Also included in the membership review consultation document above.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A MEMBER OF ESNZ?

  •          You get to participate in competition.
  •          Recording of all results for registered horses which provides an independent and verifiable source for this information when purchasing or selling a horse/pony.
  •          Recording of all results for rider/members which provides an independent and verifiable source for this information when seeking sponsors, team selection and/or work opportunities.
  •          Insurance cover for all members.
  •          Health and safety advice and information.
  •          FEI affiliation and the ability to run FEI classes for international rankings.
  •          The ability to be selected to represent your country at FEI competitions, Trans-Tasman competitions, WEG, Olympics, Nations Cups etc.
  •          Ability to compete at all levels of equestrian competition in the disciplines.
  •          Membership of a central body that provides overarching rules and processes to ensure integrity in equestrian competition in NZ including general regulations, appeal and protest processes.
  •          Security of an audited organisation which then gives disciplines and area groups access to funding and grants.
  •          A commitment to clean sport principles and horse welfare principles.
  •          Central database of competitive equines and riders.
  •          Management of prefixes and suffixes in New Zealand for breeders.
  •          Co-ordination of officials and official training for FEI levels.
  •          Website, database and communication. 

WHY DO OFFICIALS HAVE TO PAY?

As part of our insurance policy all officials have to be financial members of the organisation. This has been the case for a long time and is not new. It relates to judges, course designers, official stewards, and board members etc. 

This amount has not changed.

MEMBER BENEFITS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

DO VOLUNTEERS HAVE TO PAY?                                                                                                      

No, Volunteers who work at the shows do not need to be members if they are working for the organising committee under the event health and safety policy.  However, Volunteers will be required to register their details on the database at no cost as part of ESNZ's Health and Safety Programme.  

WHY IS ESNZ SPENDING MONEY ON A MARQUEE AT BADMINTON?

This project is part of the High Performance programme to ensure owners of our international horses and supporters of our Olympic rated athletes are looked after at one event per year. This is important for them as they largely fund the success of these combinations.

The hospitality is budgeted and paid through the high performance funding and is not a cost to the ESNZ Central budget.

HAVE HORSE REGISTRATION FEES GONE UP?

There is no increase in horse registration fees for 2017/18.  This amount has not changed and remains at $75 to register a horse/pony.

EVENTERS CAN COMPETE AT 95CM LEVEL AS AN INTRODUCTORY MEMBER, BUT THE CASUAL START FEE WILL ONLY ALLOW YOU TO COMPETE AT 80CM LEVEL AND BELOW (PREVIOUSLY, YOU COULD GET A CASUAL START RIGHT UP TO 105CM LEVEL)

This is incorrect.  There has been no change to the horse registration fees for Eventing. You can still compete up to CNC 105 on a casually registered horse though the case remains that results are only recorded for registered horses so if you are aiming for 1* you will need to register your horse to obtain MER’s.

At CNC 80 and above you have the option to register your horse if you choose, to have any results recorded and to be eligible to compete in Eventing series.

The only change is to the rider memberships: you can now compete up to CNC 95 as an Introductory Member ($40pa) and up to CNC 80 as a Casual Member ($10 per event).

You can download both the current structure and new structure (effective 1st July) tables below to compare.

CURRENT MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE TABLE

NEW MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE TABLE - EFFECTIVE 1ST JULY 2017

DO I NEED TO BE AN ESNZ INTRODUCTORY MEMBER TO COMPETE IN NON-ESNZ DISCIPLINES SUCH AS BREED CLASSES OR SHOWING CLASSES AT THE HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW?

No, all Horse of the Year participants wishing to compete in non-ESNZ disciplines such as breed classes or showing classes do not need to be registered with ESNZ under the new membership structure.

THE ESNZ BOARD MEETING SUMMARIES ARE UP TO DATE AS OF APRIL 6, WITH THE SUMMARY FROM 15 MAY "COMING SOON". 

The 15 May Board summary is now available.  We were not able to put this up on the website until the new membership was announced.

http://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/media/13336/esnz-board-summary-may-2017.pdf

ESNZ NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEY KEEP MEMBERS INFORMED SO THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING WITH THE FINANCES

it is our plan to provide regularly ESNZ project updates, including an update on the finances – our June update can be found at the following link: http://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/esnz/news/2017/june/update-on-esnz-projects-june-2017/

There are a number of other ways members can keep up-today with that is happening with ESNZ finances:

Via our Board meeting summaries at the following link: http://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/esnz/communications/esnz-board-meeting-summary/

Via reading the ESNZ Annual Report – the 2017 Audit is currently underway and the 2017 Annual Report will be available in September.

By attending the ESNZ Annual General Assembly on 26th September in Wellington.