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27 September 2021

Chief Executive Appointment Process

Further to the appointment process regarding the search for a replacement for our outgoing CEO Debbie Cameron, McLaren Associates have placed the following advertisement   

We will provide further updates as the recruitment process progresses, including our expected timeframes for an appointment and any necessary interim arrangements that we will need to make.

Regards, Brent Snellex
President – Royal Agricultural Society NZ (RAS)

27 September 2021

Qualification – Attendance for the 2022 RAS Showing Section at Land Rover Horse of the Year.

 COVID is continuing to have a major impact on events and consequently several A&P Shows & Events have already been cancelled for the upcoming show season

As no-one can predict the future, the decision has been made to

  • remove all attendance requirements
  • retain the qualification standard and
  • operate a similar tier system as proposed for last year.


Maximum numbers for each class will be established to ensure that classes do not get too big and to avoid timetable over-runs.  Entries will be confirmed in the following order on the following basis:

Tier 1 – Entries meeting 2021/22 qualification requirements (see below for more information).

Tier 2 – Entries utilising last year’s qualification with attendance requirements from the 2020/21 show season (see below for more information).

Tier 3 – Entries on a first come, first served basis.

 QUALIFICATION FOR 2022 IN BRIEF (fuller description in RAS Showing Section Qualification & Attendance Information will be made available)

X 1 Champion in the section/class you wish to enter

X 2 Reserve Champions in the section/class you wish to enter

X 2 Firsts (wins) in the section/class you wish to enter

X 1 Reserve Champion, x 1 First (win) in the section/class you wish to enter


You are looking to use last year’s qualification – this is a qualification and attendance that was sent in and confirmed by RAS Head Office as being eligible for last year. Last year’s qualification must match what you are entering this year e.g. same horse entering same class/section. When entering you will tick Tier 2 on this year’s qualification form before sending form through.


When entering through Equestrian Entries, all entries are automatically dated stamped.  This is what will be used to determine first come, first served in Tier 3.

Any enquiries please contact Cara O’Connor, RAS Showing Convenor on [email protected]


23 August 2021 – The Mid Northern District Equestrian Seminar to be held on 29 August has been POSTPONED – a new date will be advised as soon as it is known. Thank you – Keep Safe!

26 July 2021 – The RAS has followed the lead of ESNZ and NZ Pony Club and from the 1 January 2022 there is to be no trimming of whiskers, eye or inner ear hair/whiskers of horses/ponies competing at RAS affiliated A&P Shows/Events.  The following documents explain in full
1. Powerpoint version – PP Whisker & Ear Trimming
2. Pdf. of Powerpoint version – PP Whisker & Ear Trimming
3. Pamphlet to be able to be handed out to competitors –  RAS Whisker & Ear Trimming Pamphlet
The pamphlet has been left in a word document so margins can be adjusted, if necessary, for different printers. Printed double sided on the short edge gives an A4 document that can be folded in three for ease of handing out to competitors.


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