My realisation of a community centred around North River started to really catch my imagination, who are the members of this community, where do they live, why are they a members etc. And then the big question...what makes a community?
My next realisation was that everyone that has ever been here, the tens of thousands of people, have all left their mark in some way or other. By the same token North River has probably left a mark on most people that have experienced the place and what happens here. Anywhere there has been an interaction either between people or people with our horses or their interaction with the natural bush and river environment there has been a chance to grow and evolve. I know from my view point, all of these interactions have helped me develop too, as a human being and helped me to find my way. I think everyone that has ever been here has had an opportunity to teach something and to learn something as well.
People have come here from next door, from down the road, from around the corner, from the length and breadth of NZ, from over the ditch and from nearly every country in the world. People from all walks of life, many jobs, careers and professions and from a vast array of cultures. The draw....the horses and the environment of the valley, the river and the bush. What brought many people back here again and again... the horses, the valley and the people and way that all worked together in harmony.
So the North River community is not just the valley, it now spans the world, the cultures, the classes, the languages, the religons and is of all ages. I thank you all for your continued support, and your sharing of yourselves in everything that is North River. You all make the community.