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News - March 2021


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NZL Well Represented at Dressage by the Sea – Willinga Park

Four NZL combinations are looking to make their mark at Dressage by the Sea at Willinga Park in NSW.   Keep up to date with live scores here  on Equestrian HUB - you can search scores for each rider  John Thompson is busy with two CDI* - Small Tour horses ( Sugarloaf Amnesty & MSJ...

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Mackenzie Marlo likes to Pay it Forward

At a time when most teenagers are up to their eyeballs in Tay-tay (Swift), one young local rider is reaching for the weed-eater, and not the pink lipstick.  Eighteen-year-old Mackenzie Marlo is just as committed off the field as she is on it, as a member of the 2022 Oceania Young Rider...

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Kiwis Get Tick for Paris

It’s official – New Zealand will be represented across showjumping, dressage and eventing at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. The FEI and NZOC have confirmed individual spots for New Zealand in showjumping and dressage, alongside the eventing team who qualified earlier. The individual slots...

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Stunning Weather and Stunning Jumping!

Vicki Wilson and Daminos TWS Winners of the Defender Gold Tour at Takapoto - Photo by Michelle Clarke   Takapoto Classic was where the majority of the country flocked to this past week. The sun shone, the arena’s glistened and the many spectators oohed and aahed at the competition...

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Top New Zealand Equine Facilities to Come Under Scrutiny

International experts and delegates will review of some of the country’s top equestrian facilities, when the global International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) hosts “A Good Life for Horses” Conference for the first time in New Zealand, at Cambridge 14-16 March. On 15 March, a...

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Big loss to the Equestrian community

It is with great sadness that we learnt of Helen Thomson’s passing at Wellington Hospital on 2 February 2024.  Helen has been a stalwart of the eventing community for a long time.  As a member of the small Eventing Taranaki committee, she was a strong contributor to the running of their...

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Sarah Doesn’t Let an Operation Get in Her Way

Seven months ago, Sarah Milne was lying on the operating table having major surgery to reconstruct her knees.  Last month, she achieved her rehab goal:  she won her dressage class and came a close second in another class, at her first competition since the operation.  “Young people...

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Sun Shines On Taihape For Redemption Show

Bailey Harvey and Haupouri Evandro NZPH on their way to winning the Property Brokers Horse Grand Prix at Taihape - Photo by Michelle Clarke   It's been a few years but finally, Taihape Jumping Show was back on the radar, bringing their redemption show in full force with two days of jam...

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Para Sport Collective Intake 2

Following on from the success of the Para Sport Collective in 2023, Paralympic NZ, supported by ACC have given us the opportunity to put forward one rider and one coach for the next intake. A programme overview can be found here Para collective 2024   Expressions of interest must be...

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Sixty and Ready to ‘Take on the Big Boys’ . . . Again

It’s been a while between drinks for 2004 Olympian Matthew Grayling but currently he’s in the throes of packing up his horse and gear to head offshore and chase some big titles. The 60-year-old Taranaki dairy farmer is one of a number of top Kiwi riders heading Stateside this month. His...

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