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E.A. & Branches, Opinion 2020 

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H.M. OPINION : E.A. and its’ Branches- An organisation that ignores the majority of their members

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EQUESTRIAN VICTORIA

Both ENSW and EVic  Branches used VERO VOTING as the professional service provider for the ENSW and EVic 2020 Board elections.

In Victoria, Vero Voting sent out candidate information and “how-to-vote" advice with two candidates missing from the ballot and a ‘how to vote’ example using actual candidates’ names, clearly prejudicial voting information design to favour the two people seeking re-election. EV members received an email from the ‘independent’ Vero advising them to vote for the two incumbent directors. It encouraged support for the EV board’s constitutional change resolution but somehow failed to mention the resolution they don’t support. An appalling abuse of process. Not to mention the constitutional breach in appointing 11 directors.

This topic is covered in this document

E.Vic- DIGITAL VOTING MANIPULATED

#board, #election, #Vero Voting, E Vic, #bias, #manipulation, ASIC, #Corporations Act, #legality, #Branch, #letters, #answers, #candidates

EQUESTRIAN RIDER ALLOWED TO COMPETE AFTER RAPE CHARGE

https://www.facebook.com/berni.saunders.7/posts/10156806813777833

EVENTER ACCUSED OF RAPING FELLOW RIDER CHARGED WITH ALLEGED STALKING

The Age – May 2020

https://www.equestrian.org.au/content/callum-buczak-matavia-cheval

GLAMOROUS EQUESTRIAN RIDER, 28, IS ACCUSED OF TRYING TO DRIVE HER BOYFRIEND'S ALLEGED RAPE VICTIM TO SUICIDE IN AN EXTRAORDINARY CASE OF STAND BY YOUR MAN

The Daily Mail - UK

Alexandra McDonough is accused of stalking her boyfriend's alleged victim

Callum Buczak, 28,  has pleaded not guilty to raping the woman

Both have been accused of trying to intimidate the alleged victim

HORSELAND- YOU NEED TO ACT

FACEBOOK - BERNI SAUNDERS MAY 2020

"In light of the police cases brought against your employee Alexandra McDonough for stalking with the intention to cause harm to the alleged victim in a rape case that has seen her boyfriend Callum Buczak committed to trial, Miss McDonough and another two accomplices now also face the prospect of having criminal records as a consequence of their misguided loyalty".

E.V. LOOSES ROYAL PATRONAGE

EQUESTRIAN VICTORIA RESPONSE TO HERALD SUN ARTICLE, 10 APRIL 2021

https://www.facebook.com/berni.saunders.7/posts/10158281459697833

10th April 2021

Herald Sun - NEIGH-SAYERS NOT HAPPY WITH TOXIC CULTURE AT EQUESTRIAN VIC .

With an alleged sex scandal pending in court, two chairmen leaving and the Governor distancing herself, to say Equestrian Victoria is a shambles is putting it mildly…….

 

ALLEGATIONS : RE E.V AND WERRIBEE PARK EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

 

HISTORIC

REFORMING E.V.  & E.A- 2012 – FAILED!

MOTIONS TO REVISE  EQUESTRIAN VICTORIA CONSTITUTION 2012 & PUSH FOR E.V. LED E.A. CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES

LINKS TO SUE INNESS’S MOTIONS ETC.

Motions tabled 2012 E.V. A.G.M

Equestrian Victoria AGM December 13th 2012 -Unofficial Account of the Proceedings

Unofficial Minutes 2012 E.V. A.G.M

Only two of Sue Inness's Motions to change the E.V. Constitution got up. Things were very tense during this discussion. The Chairman, Barry Roycroft, showed us, who haven't directly been exposed previously, a most interesting trait to his personality 

HORSES MOUTH COMMENT - The Chair for the 2012 E.V. A.G.M. was Barry Roycroft, this is the same 'Barry' that now seems to be backing reform for issues that were blindingly foreseeable as far back as 2012 (Equinect had already happened!) and prefaced nearly every motion in 2012  with 'the Board does not support the motion'.

Have a look at the 2011-2012 E.V. financials, it looked suspiciously like E.V. was relying on the following years membership subscriptions to remain solvent!

Note - The E.V Board rejected 7 motions outright and wouldn't even allow them to be tabled at the A.G.M. claiming that State Branch members motions regarding E.A. are outside the remit of the Branch Members. The rejected motions were directed at requiring E.V. to lead a move to unite the State Branches to require 7 specific changes to the E.A. Constitution. As the Branches were the only members of E.A. the Branches, grass roots Branch members were denied any voice regarding E.A. by the E.V. Board. Any member who thinks that they had a voice towards E.A. were very mistaken!

Read the E.V Boards response

At the same 2012 E.A. A.G.M Chris Hartigan also tabled official motions, all logical and sensible, with mixed results

2012 MOTIONS PROPOSED BY CHRIS HARTIGAN E.V. AGM

BIG Fail, after so much work, many, many explanatory posts on many social and horsey websites. Pretty nearly every motion was voted down by the small cluster of members who for whatever reasons, voted against sensible reforms.  Aided by the chair who prefaced every motion with 'the board does not support this motion' and tried his upmost to deny Sue Inness the right to even speak to the motions. The E.V. constitution denied the proxy votes submitted and demanded that members were present, on a weekday night to vote in person - Who thinks that this is grass-roots membership friendly when the majority of whom live in the 'bush'?

E.V .SOLVENCY QUESTIONABLE - 2011-2012

Have a look at the 2011-2012 E.V. financials, it looked suspiciously like E.V. was relying on the following years membership subscriptions to remain solvent! 

If the years end financial report shows a significant deficit without saleable assets that could cover the deficit with the following years members subscription fees being relied on to keep things going, then isn't the Branch insolvent? Does this comply with the Corporations Act?

E.V. Financial Reports

EV POSTS AN OPERATING LOSS OF MORE THAN $289,000-2014

EQUESTRIAN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

INVESTIGATION INTO EQUESTRIAN SA BULLYING ALLEGATIONS FINDS ‘SERIOUS MATTERS

An independent report into allegations of bullying of children at Equestrian South Australia has found “serious matters”. Meanwhile, the chief of the body has left the organisation.

Adelaide Advertiser Exclusive — Craig Cook  August 13, 2018

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EQUESTRIAN SA REVIEW BEGINS OVER CLAIMS OF DYSFUNCTION AND BULLYING

A review has begun into Equestrian SA, which has been plagued by claims of bullying and a toxic culture — although some members of the sport weren’t even told it had started.

 Adelaide Advertiser - Craig Cook June 23, 2019

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EQUESTRIAN SA CHIEF SEEKS TO REIN IN STRUCTURE

The  Weekend Australian  -Exclusive-Olivia Caisley Reporter ,January 9, 2019

Equestrian South Australia will launch an inquiry into its management weeks after the newly appointed executive officer resigned over allegations of “conflicts of interest” after it was revealed she was a close friend of the board member overseeing the recruitment process.

In a letter sent to members on Monday…

EQUESTRIAN SA INQUIRY LABELLED ‘TOOTHLESS AND POINTLESS’ AS BULLYING CLAIMS OMITTED

Craig Cook, The Advertiser- May 28, 2019

  • Equestrian SA calls in government to solve crisis

  • Equestrian SA to write its own rules for review

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So what part of this complies with the ESA Constitution?

https://forum.cyberhorse.com.au/forums/showthread.php?111708-What-s-Going-On-In-South-Australia

(Note this above, was written by Richard aka Naughty Horse, who stood for the E.N.S.W. board on a reform platform- the members did not support him. They must like their state board!)

https://forum.cyberhorse.com.au/forums/showthread.php?111810-Message-to-Equestrian-Sport-(newspaper-advertisement-in-SA-today-23-10-2015)

BELEAGUERED EQUESTRIAN S.A. BOSS QUITS

Adelaide Now - Craig Cook, Exclusive_July 2018

“The head of Equestrian SA, which is in crisis over issues including allegations of bullying of children, has quit over what he claims are attempts at undue influence over the board….”

SACKED EQUESTRIAN BOSS WANTS HER JOB BACK WITH COMPENSATION FOR THE DISMISSAL

The Adelaide Advertiser – Craig Cook , November 26 2018

The former executive officer of a leading South Australian sporting organisation, who was summarily sacked for “misconduct” is seeking her job back, Federal Court documents reveal…. Ms Cimarosti is suing ESA and three board members in the Federal Court under the Fair Work Act 2009, alleging unfair dismissal.

FORMER EQUESTRIAN SA BOSS SUES OVER ‘SACKING’

The Adelaide Advertiser – Craig Cook , November 4 2018

The former executive officer of Equestrian SA is suing the organisation and three directors for damages over unlawful termination of her contract.

  • Claims ‘toxic culture at Equestrian SA has existed for years

  • Equestrian SA rocked by mass resignations, claims of bullying and abuse

  • Probe into Equestrian SA bullying allegations finds ‘serious matters’

  • Equestrian SA boss Joe Hooper quits as crisis engulfs board

 

FACEBOOK- STOP BULLYING IN EQUESTRIAN SPORTS

https://www.facebook.com/stopbullyinginequestrian/

 

EQUESTRIAN QUEENSLAND

It has been alleged that Sam Duffy, Operations Manager has or had her son’s IT business working for the Branch

HORSES MOUTH COMMENT - The concept of ‘independence’ is poorly understood by all Branches and EA :

EQ has allegedly utilised a lawyer who has previously acted for the branch as an  independent arbitrator in a tribunal regarding a matter of the branch imposing a fine and penalties against a parents (non -member, see following ) alleged behaviour at an official competition. It is my understanding that despite the accused requesting the use of the National Sport Tribunal to adjudicate this matter the Branch has denied this right and the accused is proceeding to civil court.

TRIBUNAL TRAGEDIES E.Q.

May 2020 - 3 Tribunals and almost a funeral……Tribunal 1

'WRONGLY ACCUSED': THE BITTER DISPUTE THAT LOOMS AS FIRST CASE BEFORE SPORTS COURT -Sydney Morning Herald

JUNE 2020

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/wrongly-accused-mother-of-dressage-rider-looms-as-first-case-before-sports-court-20200713-p55bl4.html

https://www.facebook.com/olivia.kilgore.54/posts/1661350404019064

https://www.facebook.com/berni.saunders.7/posts/10157490241207833

https://www.facebook.com/olivia.kilgore.54/posts/1663429440477827

 

Tribunal 2- CLICKING FARCE

https://www.facebook.com/olivia.kilgore.54/posts/1662050083949096

 

Tribunal 3 - JUSTICE ? FAIR ? KIND ?

….. On the 5th February 2019, the rider received the complaint email as evidence. As quick as the email was sent to the rider…….the evidence disappeared…..poof…..just like magic…….into thin air and was never again relied upon in the disciplinary hearing.

Seeing the evidence is now “missing”, we actually have a tribunal against this young man with no complaint or complainant.

I would call this Clayton’s tribunal. A tribunal when you actually don’t have a tribunal as there isn’t any complainant or complaint……………..

The disciplinary tribunal panel was provided with medical evidence of the young riders mental health condition.

There are ten possible penalties that can be imposed for a first time breach, the first five of which are, an apology, a warning, counselling, withdrawal of achievements, and awards and a demotion.

The disciplinary tribunal imposed the most punitive penalty, for a person who depends on being around horses and competition as a supportive and recognised therapy, for his mental health condition - a suspension from competition for six months and a fine.

https://www.facebook.com/olivia.kilgore.54/posts/1662876653866439

Issues with Procedural fairness: the duty and its content

 

HORSES MOUTH :

E.A. and its’ Branches- An organisation that ignores the majority of their members:


Prior to Sport Australia’s insistence on this fragmented structure and style of governance Equestrian Australia was a Federation of State Branches. All the members of all the state branches were each considered  members of the ‘Equestrian Federation’, as such each member had a vote and a ‘voice’ directly to their peak sporting body.

 

The pre September 2020 structure relied on the State Branches to enact their members wishes and convey them to the peak body, Equestrian Australia. This process did not guarantee members wishes being conveyed. The new  clauses in the EA Constitution at least acknowledge the grass roots members as being members of EA, this gives them some standing when it comes to AGM's but still comes with encumbered voting rights when it comes to changes to the constitution (Clause 40- Veto); the State Branches still hold the power here.

 

Furthermore, with skill-based board appointees X4  and a nominations committee ‘vetting’ nominations for the member elected (4) board members the opportunities for cronyism, manipulation and maintaining the status quo are limitless.

 

Constitutionally, the Equestrian Australia Board has no obligation to act on the State Branches’ or branch members  input, and the number of retiring board members yearly ensures that the status quo’ can be maintained on the E.A. Board vote-wise. Up until September 2020 only the 6 State Branch members would have had the power to inflict any consequences on the EA Board. As far as I know they only used this power once in the case of Judy Fasher and Co.

 

Following September 2020- at least now the grass roots members will have the right to call a Special General Meeting and express a vote of no confidence in the EA Board and call for them to step down under the Revised EA Constitution and the Corporations Act

At the State Branch level where State Board Members are nominated by grass roots members, theoretically, this should ensure democracy, but also has failed the branch members. The State Branches should act on the wishes of their members and feed members input through to the ‘Peak Body’ - EA, but due to the structure of the Branches ,EA and the culture of the individuals involved at the ‘top’; this does not happen. There is no power to ‘force’ this to happen. Constitutionally there is no consequences for Equestrian Australia or any of the State Boards not enacting the wishes of the majority of their members.

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