Clubs and Organisations are encouraged to partner with NZ Horse Network. Use our resources for local submissions, or ask for help writing or researching a submission.
Some clubs do this well, some not so well. If you are having an open day or competition, make sure that your non-horsey community is invited and welcomed!
If the community sees you as something valuable then they will support your requests for grazing leases, access to trails and parks etc. At the moment many groups view horse riding as elitist, snobby rich kids\adults...
If you are fund raising, it makes more sense to get money off people outside of your current membership! Inviting the local non-horsey community to your events = sell more cakes\sausages to fund raise.
Write to local papers and magazines about horse riding issues, and events. Have photos available, send your event amd competition results to your local paper. It is as simple as sending an email!
Don't wait for the press or reporters to beat a path to your door - it won't happen! Have your local (and regional) newspapers phone and email addresses on hand at all times.
Use photo opportunities (press coverage) to thank volunteers and sponsors, and keep a number of stock photos on hand that you can use at a moments notice.
Raise the profile of your club!