REPORTS

2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thursday August 7th 2014 was the night of the WA Horse Council’s Annual General Meeting and, as has now become the tradition, it was a ‘full house’ of over 60 people that packed into the Bunk House at Brookleigh Equestrian Estate in the Swan Valley.

As is also the tradition, the AGM is a night of laughter and door prizes, with the official election of office bearers being quickly carried out - with committee returning to their positions; with the exception of Treasurer, Jo Longman, who resigned due to work commitments. The new treasurer elected was Angela Doyle, the CEO Equestrian WA, who has 15 years experience in sports management and administration. The wine and cheese tasting and the opportunity to socialise with a cross section of the horse community are just some of the attractions for people attending.

SPEAKERS
Then it was onto the main feature of the night - the guest speakers. This year the first speaker was Acting Inspector Glen Potter from the WA Police Mounted Division. Glen took us through an overview of the history of the mounted section, right up to the horses and strategies trained at the Police Stables in Maylands today.

Second speaker was MaryAnne Leighton from QLD who wrote the Emergency Large Animal Rescue Book.

Her slide show presentation kept the interest of all those in the room from start to finish and gave everyone a very clear concept of what should and what shouldn’t be done when a horse is involved in an accident either at home or away. Graphic images showed explicitly how horses react differently to their normal nature when they are in various situations...and just how easy it would be for a handler to be seriously injured.

The WAHC thanks Jo Longman for her past committment to the position of Treasurer and wishes her all the best in her new accounting position. Thanks are also extended to all those who have helped the WAHC over the past 12 months in their endeavour to ensure the horse is recognised in future planning so horses and riders can continue a sustainable lifestyle.
Special thanks to Neilson Estate Winery for their continued provison of ongoing wine tasting and to Brookleigh Estate for the use of the facilities.

 

2012 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Not your usual Annual General Meeting, the WA Horse Council AGM kicked off with wine and cheese to give those attending an opportunity to network with others from the industry.Held at Brookleigh Equestrian Centre on the 16th August over forty attended, representing individuals and groups from the WA Horse industry.

Chairperson Diane Bennit introduced some of the attendees and then asked everyone to turn to the person sitting behind them,introduce themselves and have a chat to find out what area of the horse industry they were involved in.
Once the business of the AGM was completed and the positions for committee filled the meeting introduced the guest speakers for the night.
These included Sandy Pate from National Resources Management who discussed Climate Change and how this could affect horse owners. Anna Sheehan representing ATHRA and WA Horse Trekkers talked about the trails that were available to horse riders. Mike Herbert from the Murray Equestrian Association covered the subject of grants for equestrian facilities and the multi million dollar facilities that are being developed at the Coolup Regional Equestrian Centre.

One of the main discussion of the night was the launch of HALT, a Horse Activity Lobby Trust, a joint venture by WAHC and the Pony Club Association of WA, which was formed after concerns within the community following the loss of several key Pony Club and other Equestrian groups' grounds in the past few years and witnessing the negative impact of Urban Encroachment on not only Affiliated Clubs but also individuals.

The joint working party would include interested persons who would note changes to Zoning or possible planned commencement of subdivision within their Shires. Members of HALT would recognise that long term forward planning is essential for the uninterrupted continuation of current facilities and sustainability of the Equestrian Industry in Metropolitan areas.

HALT would work closely with Local Government Authorities, Department of Planning, Department of Sport and Recreation and also the Department of Environment and Conservation to educate them as to both the well being and financial contribution the Equestrian Industry in Western Australia creates.

The HALT inaugural meeting is scheduled for November 29th at the State Equestrian Centre and interested persons are welcomed. For enquiries please call Diane Bennit – Chair WA Horse Council 92910202 or Ben Verning – PCAWA Executive Officer 92961500.

PRESENTERS AT THE AGM were:
Anna Sheehan –  ATHRA - Regional Manager for Central WA   -  Mike Herbert  Murray Equestrian Association   and Sandy Pate  Regional Landcare Facilitator  Perth Region NRM and Robert Hawes.
Their reports are availablel below as pdf files.

ATHRA report
Climate Change report

WAHC PRESIDENT'S SPEECH
IN ATTENDANCE TONIGHT WE HAVE  HORSE COUNCIL MEMBERS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM  -   Hoofbeats   - Sth Midlands PC -   WA Stock Horse Ass   -  Hippotherapy RDA  -   Bunbury Autumn Dressage Championships  Committee -  WA Carriage Driving Ass -  Arabian breeders -  EWA  NCAS Group  -    -   Walkaway Polo Club   -  10th Light Horse  -  Royal Agricultural Society  - PCAWA  -  EWA  -   RDA -–  Perth Region NRM  ATHRA    -  Zamia Adult Riding Club  -  Connemara Pony Breeders Action Group – Bunbury Agricultural Society – Swan Valley RDA  -  Perth Polo Club – Australian Warmblood Horse Association  -  Australian Horse Riding Centres  -  Capricorn RDA  -  Murray Equestrian Association  -
  RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM BETTY LAMMIE WHO COMES FROM BUNBURY – LETTING ME KNOW SHE WAS GOING TO ATTEND  - BETTY SAID HOW MUCH SHE ENJOYS ATTENDING THE COUNCILS AGM’S    EVEN THOUGH SHE DOESN’T  KNOW MANY PEOPLE –
 SO I THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO DO A BIT OF NETWORKING  -  WHAT I AM SUGGESTING IS THAT YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO TWO PEOPLE THAT YOU DON’T KNOW  -   AND TELL THEM WHAT ORGANISATION YOU ARE FROM
 EXCHANGE CARDS IF YOU HAVE THEM  - YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU MEET TONIGHT  -  THAT MAY BE USEFUL TO KNOW IN THE FUTURE.
THE WESTERN AUSTRALIA HORSE COUNCIL  IS RUN BY VOLUNTEERS AND  WAS FORMED OVER 30 YEARS  AGO  – THE  COUNCIL RECEIVES NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND OPERATES ON MEMBERSHIP AND DONATIONS -  OUR  MISSION STATEMENT IS TO ASSIST  ORGANISATIONS WITH MATTERS THAT ARE OF CONCERN TO THEM –   OR THE  HORSE COMMUNITY  -  WE COVER ISSUES THAT THE AVERAGE ORGANISATION DOES NOT HAVE THE EXPERTISE OR TIME TO FOLLOW UP  
WE CAN DO THIS BECAUSE OUR PORTFOLIOS COVER RESEARCH,   CONSERVATION &  ENVIRONMENT -  WELFARE & HEALTH,  DISASTER RELIEF FUNDING,  BIOSECURITY & QUARANTINE, NATIONAL, STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION,  EQUINE EDUCATION, 
IN YOUR FOLDER IS A LIST OF ACTIVITIES THAT THE COUNCIL HAS BEEN OR IS INVOLVED WITH -  WE DON’T WIN ALL THE TIME – BUT WE HAVE A PRETTY GOOD SUCCESS RATE –
ONE OF THE CURRENT  MAJOR PROJECTS THAT WE ARE WORKING ON WITH THE DEPT OF AGRIC & FORESTRY  -   IS TO GET AN ACCURATE  SURVEY OF HORSE NUMBERS IN WA
 THERE ARE NUMBEROUS BENEFITS OF THIS RESEARCH   - ONE  WOULD BE  -  THAT WHEN   (PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOT SAYING IF)
 WE HAVE AN OUTBREAK OF AN EXOTIC DISEASE –  IF NUMBERS OF HORSES WERE KNOWN, SAY IN A SPECIFIC AREA – IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO ONLY QUARANTINE THAT AREA – INSTEAD OF IMPOSING A LOCKDOWN ON THE WHOLE STATE – THE COUNCIL’S VICE CHAIRPERSON ALAN PARKER HAS HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS WITH DAFF REGARDING THIS MATTER
THE COUNCIL RADIO PROGRAM ‘TALKING HORSES’ ON 91.3 SPORTFM  IS PROVING TO BE A VERY VALUABLE MEDIUM FOR PASSING ON INFORMATION TO THE HORSE COMMUNITY.
IN CLOSING – I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COMMITTEE, WHO ALL HAVE PROPER JOBS – THE AMOUNT OF WORK AND TIME THEY PUT INTO THE CONCERNS OF THE HORSE INDUSTRY IS STAGGERING –  I AM MAKING A SPECIAL PRESENTATION TO NIKKI BROOKS – FOR ALL THE GENEROUS EFFORT SHE PUTS INTO THE COUNCIL -  NIKKI IS HELD IN GREAT RESPECT THROUGHOUT THE HORSE COMMUNITY
I HAVE ASKED COUNCIL COMMITTEE PERSON ROBERT HAWES WHO IS IN CHARGE OF OUR GOVERNMENT PORTFOLIO  -  TO UPDATE YOU AN URBAN ENCROACHMENT PROBLEM THE COUNCIL HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH AND ALSO TO LAUNCH A VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT  -  THAT PCAWA AND THE COUNCIL ARE WORKING ON.  THE PROJECT IS CALLED ‘HALT’ -  THE TITLE WAS THOUGHT UP BY THE PCAWA EXECUTIVE  OFFICER BEN VERNING AND IT SUMS UP THE WHOLE PROJECT – EASY TO SEE WHY BEN IS AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER.