Congratulations to Ken Wilson, ESNZ’s August 2021 Volunteer of the Month!
For over ten years he has been the chief dressage number cruncher for Dressage Canterbury.
Let’s think about that for a moment and make some assumptions.
A quick browse around Equestrian Entries indicates about 2,500 tests have been ridden in Canterbury Dressage competitions so far in the 20/21 season. If each test has an average one to two judges, sometimes more, that’s around 4,000 papers a year. Times ten, that’s 40,000 papers. Now we’re not saying he did them all single handedly, but every ship needs a Captain Ken.
Ken not only scores at events but is often seen collecting sheets from the judges’ boxes, taking back any sheets to note any errors or omissions for correction and all the time with a friendly smile and kind word.
Now that Ken has sold his business Rangiora Equestrian Supplies, he is turning his hand and the extra time available to increased volunteer hours as a key member and event organiser for the newly formed North Canterbury Dressage Club which is proving to be a real bonus for Canterbury Dressage riders of all levels.
Thank you Ken – that’s a seriously huge amount of work and to think you’re planning on committing more time to volunteering is humbling and inspiring in equal measure.
You, along with all our volunteers, are what makes our sport thrive, and for that we are truly grateful.
ESNZ Volunteer of the Month receives a gift in recognition of their contribution; Ken’s is on its way to him.
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