The newly formed Working Equitation New Zealand Incorporated society was created in January 2019 with the following purpose:
a. To promote and grow the sport of Working Equitation throughout New Zealand though the development and leadership of:
- Education and training initiatives for all levels of proficiency utilising local, national, and international expertise.
- An appropriately customised set of Working Equitation Rules for the New Zealand environment.
- An annual schedule of local, national, and international competitions;
b. To create positive and supportive participation environments for all members, regardless of their riding level, breed of horse or choice of tack and attire;
c. To uphold the principles of classical training and horsemanship by encouraging and rewarding attainment of harmonious horse/rider partnerships which are based on correct and progressive training and which are always mindful and respectful of the mental and physical wellbeing of the horse;
d. Do anything necessary or helpful to the above purposes.
In the past year a steering committee has been working on moving forward the establishment of the Working Equitation New Zealand (WENZ) Incorporated society. At the steering committee meeting in June 2019, an initial committee was elected for WENZ Inc. This committee is intended to get the ball rolling in a number of areas, including the strategy for WENZ rules, judging qualifications and a register of qualified judges, as well as treasury and membership functions. At the next annual general meeting in 2020, nominations for a new committee will be invited from the future membership base.