This website is the official Working Equitation New Zealand Incorporated site for information on the sport of Working Equitation in New Zealand.

Working Equitation New Zealand Inc. is registered as a non-profit incorporated society. We have an annual membership structure with the 1st of August renewal date.  We welcome everyone to join us as members to enjoy the benefits of our offerings and also to support the growth of Working Equitation in New Zealand.

The initial committee was elected by the steering committee members in 2019 for a 2 year committee term, tasked with establishing the governing body.  The current committee (2020/21) is comprised of remaining inital committee members and newly elected members. To read about the committee members please see this page.

President – Maree McAteer

Secretary – Kirsty Ansell

Treasurer – John Cram

Health & Safety – Belinda Rodriguez

Media and Communications – tba

South Island Representative – Sarah Blackburn

Committee – Kim Cram (assisting Secretary), Emma Kay, David Jackson, Jo Bard, Liz Brown, Pamela Thompson.

The WENZ committee would like to thank former steering committee and WENZ committee members for their service: Janette Peebles (President 2019/20), Debbie Freeman (Health and Safety Officer 2019/20), Felicity Porter, and Gaynor Cornick.

The purpose of Working Equitation New Zealand Inc. is to:

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.

Becoming a Committee Member

Committee members are nominated for a 2 year term. Current financial members with full voting rights (individual and family memberships) may nominate other full members to the committee prior to each AGM. Please see the following committee handbook documents below as a guide to the requirements for serving on the committee and some of the specific roles needed.

Quick Reference for Incorporated Societies

Appointment to the Committee Guidelines

AGM Guidelines

Welcome to the WENZ Committee

Position Description for General Committee Members

Position Description for President/Chairperson

Position Description for Secretary

Position Description for Treasurer

Position Description for Health & Safety Officer

Position Description for Marketing & Communications Officer

Cessation of Committee Membership