Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Zealand: Introducing the latest ESNZ Team Member


ESNZ is pleased to introduce to you our latest member of staff to join the Membership Services Team. Some of you may have already spoken with Tina on the phone as she has been with us since the 13th of October though is now ready to be introduced officially.

Tina writes:

After spending over 12 years in the dentistry industry, I embarked on a complete career change when joining Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) in October.

I have had long association with horses in a variety of roles, stretching back to when I was a child before settling on CTR and endurance as my horse sports of choice after being introduced to it in 2002.

I joined Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) in October and have quickly immersed myself into the busy hub of the National Office. I cover the dual roles of helping back up the Finance Director as well as being part of the Member Services team which more than keeps me busy. I am enjoying the new challenge this job brings.

I’ve always had a love of horses and started riding when I was 12, on any horse I could find as my parents thought it was a passing fancy and that I would soon grow out of the phase or get bored.

I left home in my mid-teens to start my working life in dairy farming during which time I purchased my first horse, in the process becoming a keen hunter in the Waikato at a local club.

In my 20s, I had a change of direction and worked in racing stables in Woodville and later at Trentham as a track rider when I returned home to Upper Hutt.

At this time I met my partner at the local pub where I worked and got another horse.

Late in 2002, I was introduced to CTR and did this for a few years, placing second in the 2005 North Island champs. Soon after this a friend and I tried our first 40km endurance ride and from that time have been hooked on the sport.

Tina Plastow

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