Equestrian Sports New Zealand patron Tiny White OBE is a true legend, and in this interview with Chris Stafford, the 88-year-old reflects on a life well spent with horses and the many roles in which she has served the sport.
Over the years Tiny (Helen) White rode for New Zealand in dressage, won many of the nation’s most prestigious trophies, including Lady Rider of the Year, the Lowry Medallion for Rider of the Year, and has won on both sides of the Tasman, has judged and continues to do so much for the sport.
White was inducted into the Horse of the Year Hall of Fame in 2009, and her family has followed in her footsteps in the horse world. Daughter Tinks Potttinger is a former Olympic eventer, and granddaughter Amanda Pottinger showjumps.
White was made patron of ESNZ in 2007 and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2010. Sport is in the family, and White’s father, trap shooter Ernie Groome, was posthumously inducted into the New Zealand Clay Target Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011. Several of his great-grandchildren have followed in Groome’s footsteps, with Daniel and Simon White competing nationally in claybird shooting, and Mike Sime, who was a silver medalist representing New Zealand in South Africa last year.