Submissions Help

Need help making a submission? Not sure what to write or how to write it?  We've made a few now, and we have plenty of background information and other notes that you are very welcome to use in your own submissions. 

Understand the 'thing' you are making a submission on

Submissions tend to be about specific topics.  There will be an outline or summary of the plan, or document that  Council\Government\DOC (whoever) are asking for your opinions on.  If you want to make a fairly comprehensive submission skim through the whole document, and make notes of things you agree with, or disagree with.  

It's Your Submission

If you just want to make a very brief submission, that's okay. It is far more important to get something in, than to be put off and say nothing at all.  But do say a little more than "what about horses?".   Remember the people reading the submissions can't answer questions, and aren't there to make up new answers for you.   Try at least to string together a decent sentence. 

Skim through the draft, and look for topics (headings) that seem relevant, for horse riding.
You don't need to read every word.  

Typical areas of interest are (depending on what sort of draft document you are starting with): 

  • roads and road safety, 
  • parks, and sports fields, 
  • open spaces
  • recreation
  • trails, and paths - including 'walking and cycling' - make it walking, cycling AND HORSE RIDING
There may also be sections like social and community programmes that are relevant for riding for the disabled, pony clubs or equine social and rehabilitation programmes.

Look for GAPS

Look for what isn't there! Often horses aren't mentioned at all.  Point this out, especially when they are talking about rural areas.

Focus on what interests you the most! This will usually be what you find easiest to write about. 

Stick to the point!  
Do not try to put everything that affects horse riders into one submission.  
Talk ONLY about the topics they are asking for your opinion on. 

Be Clear and Objective

  • Keep it as brief as possible, while saying what you want.
  • Use facts where ever you can.  
  • Educate and explain.  Don't assume that they know anything about horses, horse sport or horse people.  But keep it on topic.

Don't just air your opinions, or be derogatory.  If you have statistics or other information to either discredit the thing you disagree with OR to back up the thing you want - use them. 

Say what you want

What do you want them to do? Have constructive ideas, and how to achieve them.   

Don't just criticise things in the draft proposal, say what you want, and preferable how to achieve it.  

If it needs funding, how will this be raised, or allocated? If it is a change of wording, write the change you want and back it up with 'why'.

How to Write a Submission

Do it Online!

By far the easiest usually.  Sometimes they only give you a little space, so it can be helpful to type up your submission in a Word or other document, to paste into the online form. 

If you prefer written or hard copy, request a copy of the official submission form and fill it in. Generally these are free to post back, or you can drop them in at a Council office (sometimes a library too).

Stick to their format

Use the headings from the document, and include page numbers for each of your points. 

Even if you just skim the document to get the headings, this will mean the people reading it will take it much more seriously (let's face it, it is easier!)

If a specific format is provided, stick to it!  Sometimes a spreadsheet or question and answer format is provided. If you have things to say outside of those topics, add them separately.  There is usually the option to upload a file.

Guides for Submissions