2017-18 Squad Training Programme

Jumping Performance Programme for 2017-18 Receives a Revamp

Alongside newly selected squads, the entire training programme for National Jumping squads has been revamped for 2017-18.

There was feedback from those who attended training camps last year that they could be better tailored to suit the needs of squad riders. In acknowledgement of this, we have applied more funding to the camps and amplified the programme on offer.

The new programme includes funding on a sliding scale for squad riders to attend three training camps throughout the season.

There will also be a strong focus on Individual Performance Plans for squad riders which will be completed at the September NI and SI camps as well as presentations and seminars on topics like sport psychology.

The new programme aims to assist NZ riders in reaching the next level, and incentivises ESNZ Jumping's performance pathway by adding value for riders through comprehensive training and development.

As set out in Jumping's Performance Pathway and as a condition for receiving funding, training camps (excluding Rob Ehren's Clinic) are compulsory for squad riders to attend, unless a valid reason is provided. 



2-3rd September

North Island Performance
Training Camp

Taupo NEC

Squad Only

2-4 September

South Island Jumping and
Show Hunter Training Camp


Squad plus selected riders

14-15th October

North Island 

Mystery Creek

Squad only

19-20 October

South Island Rob Ehrens Clinic 
(In conjunction with Equidays Tour)


Squad plus selected riders



9-10 January

South Island Training Camp


Squad plus selected riders

TBC January

North Island Performance
Training Camp


Squad only


This camp is open to both squad riders and other riders at varying levels. 



ESNZ Jumping is delighted to have the opportunity to offer two fully funded Rob Ehrens clinic for squad riders with the help of Equidays.  Thanks to the Equidays team, for the first time ever they are able to present a South Island edition to their Premiere Event Tour. 

The Christchurch National Equestrian Centre will set the stage for a taste of the much loved Hamilton event with two days of everything Equidays including night shows, clinics and a dressage masterclass.

Rob Ehrens lessons are also available during the week after Equidays. Find out more on the Equidays website

Find the Equidays Jumping Schedule here 


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Now in his thirteenth year coaching the Dutch show jumping team, Rob Ehrens has seen it all and continues to excel in his role.

Under his guidance the Dutch team have gone from strength to strength. The 2012 London Olympics saw them take silver in the team jumping, as well as rider Gerco Schroder second in the individual competition. They then took the 2014 World Equestrian Games by storm, with a team gold medal in the show jumping followed by team rider Jeroen Dubbeldam's incredible win in the individual competition. They followed it up with another team gold medal at the 2015 European Championships, and Ehrens has been considered the 'architect of the new gold' ever since.

His own riding career was exemplary and he competed for the Netherlands at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, after being selected for the 1984 Los Angeles team and missing out because of an injured horse. He has taken part in five European Championships and four World Cup Finals, won the Grand Prix of Calgary and later finished his career riding Celano at Hickstead in 2001.

As a coach, Ehrens is a big proponent of teamwork and is well respected by his riders for being an exceptional trainer and horseman. He is incredibly passionate about all things show jumping and his work to improve the depth and talent in the Dutch show jumping team has clearly paid off, with many combinations constantly appearing in top placings around the globe.


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Applies to Youth Programme, Talent ID, Accelerator Development and NZ based riders in Accelerator squads

  1. Funding will only be paid out to squad riders who attend training camps
  2. Funding only applies to ESNZ organised squad training camps within the 2017-18 season and cannot be used for private lessons
  3. Attendance at training camps is mandatory unless a valid reason is provided such as being out of the country
  4. Should riders not attend squad training without good reason, they have agreed in their signed contracts they can be removed from the squads and replaced, at the discretion of selectors
  5. Funding is used to subsidize the cost of lessons and seminars only for the training camps
  6. Funding does not cover other camp costs such as yarding and camping fees, these need to be paid for by the riders as these costs go directly to the venues
  7. Payment for camps is to be made in full and upfront. Funding will be paid out as a reimbursement once the camp is completed which serves as confirmation of attendance
  8. No allocations will be made to any riders who are involved (implied or otherwise) in any formal dispute with Jumping or ESNZ until such time as the dispute is resolved



Applies to overseas based riders in Accelerator and High Performance squads

  1. Squad riders based overseas will receive their funding as a direct lump sum payment at the beginning of the season
  2. Allocation is per rider, not number of horses named
  3. No allocations will be made to any riders who are involved (implied or otherwise) in any formal dispute with Jumping or ESNZ until such time as the dispute is resolved

National Jumping Performance Pathway

Introducing a new and improved ESNZ Jumping Performance Pathway that provides the roadmap for success from junior rider level to the Olympic Games and WEG.

Click here to view the Performance Pathway 

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