Equestrian Events NZ
A calendar of NZ equestrian events and horse shows
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Mission and Purpose
The Equest Events NZ web site is intended to serve as a compilation of
NZ Equestrian Events, courses and other equestrian related activities
and services and to provide a means of communication between the NZ
Equestrian community and the public.
The design, layout, and contents of the Equest Events NZ web site
is the responsibility of Equest Events NZ's webmasters.
The equestrian community is a funny old one.
We started the Equest Events web site back in 2005-2006 because the original founder had become annoyed at having to look all over the (NZ) web for details of events for their family and so had originally collected together numerous links and put them together into a coherent list of upcoming events. The original information was shown to a few friends and they all asked for access to it and so we decided to make it public so that everyone who was interested could benefit.
Despite being free to use and popular with our clients, over the years numerous individuals and groups have decided that they did not like equestevents.co.nz
for some reason and tried to set up alternatives. Some people imagining that they could make money off a competing site, others upset that their particular organisation was not the centre of the universe and others who for their own reasons simply did not like the site or the people that they thought were behind the site.
Almost invariably, these other sites have now gone. The people who thought that they would make money off a competitive site found out that the costs of running a site like this far outweigh any funds received from advertising. The people who thought that their organisation should be the centre of the universe quickly found out that creating a pan-NZ equestrian events website, based on them running it, that everyone agreed with, was impossible to do. These people/organisations have either gone away or maintain their own little corner of the world with varying success but none are across the industry and the country. The people (lets call them spoilers) who just did not like our web site or us running it got tired of us not rising to their bait and moved on to bully someone else.
Over the years our own enthusiasm has waxed and waned as the volunteers involved passed through life events where they were busy with other things at times and not so busy at other times. Our reach grew at one stage to encompass almost all of NZ and almost all areas of equestrian sport and then back to being mostly focused around the Auckland area and selected events outside of that. At the moment our reach is somewhat restricted but interestingly, we seem to be just as popular as we ever were and perhaps even a little more so although we have no real idea why this is (at this time).
Our vision is to provide the best information service to equestrian competitors in NZ
as we can with the resources at our command. We do not have any other purpose and so that may be why we have managed to outlast the others who invariably had an Equestrian Events web site as a secondary goal to some other organisational purpose or with a profit motive in mind.
If an organisation with similar goals to ours got going and became more successful than us then we would conclude that we had met our goal by expending our past efforts to demonstrate that this service is needed and is popular and so we would happily fold our tents and head off to do something else useful. On the other hand if another organisation with similar goals comes into being and wants to work alongside us to increase the availability of equestrian event information then we would happily attempt to work with that organisation.