Alltech brings Mike Etherington Smith to New Zealand
ESNZ Eventing is pleased to announce that Alltech (NZ) Ltd is sponsoring a visit by Mike Etherington-Smith in February 2011to run a series of seminars. Mike is an internationally acclaimed cross country course designer and was the course designer and builder for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games held in Kentucky in October.
Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky with Bioscience Centres in the US, Ireland and Thailand, and offices and distributors in 120 countries, Alltech plays a leadership role in the animal health and nutrition industry. Alltech brands have been available in New Zealand for the past 17 years with the local office being incorporated in March 2008.
For 30 years, Alltech's core competency has been yeast and natural enzyme technology and the company has applied many years of experience in innovative technologies to provide a range of natural solutions for improving animal performance through products across all species including equine.
General Manager for Alltech NZ Matthew Smith is pleased to be associated with the Alltech Mike Etherington-Smith Tour 2011. “The rationale of ESNZ Eventing bringing Mike to improve performance standards for Eventing in New Zealand fits well with Alltech’s strategy of bringing innovative, proven performance products like our exciting new LifeForce fomula”
A former event rider who competed at all levels, Mike Etherington-Smith has also been the designer for Lexington CCI**** in the USA and Adelaide CCI**** in Australia as well as courses in Ireland, France, South Africa, the Middle East and Kenya. His home is in the UK where he has designed Bramham, Cornbury Park and Savernake.
He is also the event director and course designer at Blenheim and Chatsworth. In 1999 he was course designer at the Pan Am Games, Winnipeg, and he designed the
Olympic Games course at Sydney in 2000 and is the technical delegate for the Athens
2004 Olympic Games.
Mike regularly gives clinics all over the world, is a member of the FEI Eventing Committee, a board director of British Eventing and a member of the BE Safety Committee. Mike is also the Manager of British Eventing.
While Mike is in New Zealand he will be running two seminars for Cross Country Course Designers and Eventing Officials at Taupo and Canterbury. He will also spend time with John Nicholson looking at the plans for the Taupo CCI*** redevelopment.
Mike has also agreed to undertake a public seminar that is open to anyone. This will be held at Kihikihi Domain on Saturday 12th February. There will be a talk by Mike and then a course walk around the John Nicholson designed World Cup track. This is an opportunity for anyone who has an interest in eventing to hear from the world’s best cross country course designer and his philosophy behind designing and cross country course. There will be no charge for this seminar.
After the seminar all participants are invited to the Kihikihi Event Tent at the New Zealand vs Australia Polo Test Kihikihi Domain to watch and enjoy a late lunch for a small sum of $15.
ESNZ Eventing also would like to thank Waikato Area Eventing and NZPCA for their contribution to the Alltech Mike Etherington-Smith Tour 2011.