You might wonder if we need another organisation, after all we have the Equestrian Sport NZ (ESNZ), but New Zealand's equestrian community is far behind other sport and recreation because of our lack of cohesiveness. We need to take proactive steps to protect, and create new riding areas, and promote the wonderful values of recreational horse riding.
Compare the goals and objectives of Equestrian Sport New Zealand (ESNZ, formerly NZEF) to the British Horse Society (BHS) -
The ESNZ was original formated on 14 July 1950, as the New Zealand Horse Society.The basic goal was to get a showjumping team to the Olympics.
The immediate goals were to :
Since that time the Society has undergone a number of name changes and is now known as Equestrian Sport New Zealand. However, it still remains basically a competitive sports administration body.
By contrast the British Horse Society (BHS) is a far more well rounded organisation, aiming to represent every horse and rider in the UK (and 'horse' means any member of the equine family).
"The British Horse Society works tirelessly for every horse and rider throughout the regions of the UK. Focusing on horse welfare, horse and rider safety, access and rights of way,training (register of instructors) and approving livery yards and riding schools."