President’s Message


I am honoured to be invited to preside over the Sydney Eventing committee in 2018.Rob Stewart head shot - 1

I follow Christine Bates who has done a wonderful job of maintaining the quality and standards of the events staged at SIEC over several years and ensuring that Sydney Eventing is well placed to go forward progressively in 2018 and 2019.

I share a vision with the current committee to continue to develop the fences, courses, surfaces, officials and events run by Sydney Eventing to see them continue to hold their place as a premier event on the NSW Eventing calendar. Also to develop our programs to attract a wider demographic and bring Eventing to more grass roots competitors.

We have an experienced and passionate committee dedicated to delivering events of the highest calibre.

We kicked off 2018 with our first CIC event and a record number of entries. Extremely hot, dry weather in the lead up resulted in some issues getting the water we would have liked into the going. The SIEC team pulled out all the stops though and ensured the ground was as good as it possibly could have been at the time. We will be working closely with SIEC and our building and course design teams on further improvements to the tracks moving forward.

The CIC event was an ambitious and expensive project for our small committee but delivered thanks in no small part to our event sponsors whose support we are truly grateful for.

In some exciting news, we will be running some One Day ‘Express Eventing’ competitions in 2018 and 2019! We are hopeful that these events will attract some new spectators to the sport as they watch show jumping and cross country fences negotiated in a thrilling arena scenario. We are also looking to introduce 45cm classes to our event program in 2018, and through this addition are hoping to see more people give the sport of Eventing a try.

We would like to re-introduce mid-week competitions but at this stage the inability to enlist sufficient volunteer numbers during the working week is preventing us doing so.

We are really hoping this year to not only to see more people take up Eventing but also become involved in a wider capacity. Broadening our committee and volunteer pool is a priority for 2018, and we are looking to develop strategies to do this in order to increase our capacity to deliver bigger and better events.

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We are also keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in becoming a cross country fence sponsor. If you would like to see your company or business promoted within the Eventing community, please consider the exposure that an innovative, custom designed fence could provide.

Once again, I am privileged to take on the role of President of this great organisation and on behalf of the entire Sydney Eventing committee want to thank you for your support. We welcome your feedback at any time and look forward to you riding with us in 2018 and beyond.

Robert Stewart




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