Friday, February 25, 2011

New Zealand Earthquake News and Information

We've just received the following information from Equestrian Sport New Zealand. Included are assistance telephone numbers, horse trial cancellation information and emergency response contact information, and links. ~ ed


ESNZ is pleased to report that we have heard from National Equestrian Centre Convenor Kevin Bowden who reports that the centre at McLeans Island is unaffected by Tuesday's earthquake and caretaker/manager Stan Brown and his wife Lorna are safe and well.

The NEC is fully functioning with water and power and would welcome any members and their horses who may require emergency accommodation.

Members seeking horse accommodation and/or camping sites can contact Kevin Bowden on 027 273 9363.

Members unable to contact Kevin for whatever reason are asked to contact the ESNZ National Office in Wellington on 04 499 8994 or Jim Ellis, ESNZ Chief Executive, on 027 477 6786.


Please note that due to the earthquake, Eventing Canterbury’s One Day Event, to be held at the National Equestrian Centre, McLeans Island has been canceled.

Riders with any questions regarding this event can call the following:
Liz Meredith – 03 349 7434 or
Emily Butcher – 03 318 1685 or 027 664 5114


Jess Sloan is organising her own relief effort for the Christchurch SPCA that is just south of where the worst hit areas are.  A truck is heading down from Taupo to Christchurch on Monday with feed supplies, pet food, covers, blankets, towels etc

Should you wish to make a donation of feed, bedding, collars, halters, lead ropes and/or covers please contact Jess via email;

Items can be picked up along the way.  Alternatively you may make a cash donation that will go into purchasing feed and veterinary supplies in Wellington before boarding the ferry.


The Lion Foundation has just committed $5 million to those in need in Christchurch.  The grant is additional funding with the Lion Foundation continuing to support Canterbury in its normal manner.  Collaboration with the Government and Christchurch City Council will ensure the most appropriate distribution of the funds.  For further information visit


SPCA Canterbury lost and found animal service

SPCA Canterbury Pet Emergency Plan page

Kentucky Equine Research offers some tips on feeding during natural disasters has links to Environment Canterbury, local councils and other essential services for further information.

Civil Defence has the following information available for residents in the short term. Visit Civil Defence for regular updates.

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