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About Show Hunter

Information about the discipline of Show Hunter
Find the Show Hunter Information Booklet, Course Design Booklet, Executive Meetings, and Contacts

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What is Show Hunter?

It is the technical art of jumping, where, in addition to leaving the rails up, the horse must demonstrate a superior natural jumping style along with a level of training that makes him a balanced ride.

Jumping a Show Hunter course demands the skill and discipline to ride a predetermined number of strides between related fences and maintain an even rhythm throughout the round. It develops the relationship between horse and rider and is a breeding ground for our potential stars of the future.

Show Hunter has increased in popularity over the years and appeals to a wide ranging audience, from the very young competitors to those in their 60’s and 70’s.

It has twenty regional areas throughout New Zealand from Southland to the far North of the North Island, all running multiple competitive events, making this a truly grassroots level sport that delivers that all important National exposure.

Show Hunter Information Booklet

This booklet has been designed for people wishing to find out more about Show Hunter at grassroots level. It is always daunting to try something new and not knowing where to start. Sometimes when you arrive at your first show, it is difficult to source the information, so hopefully this book will help you enjoy Show Hunter.

The information booklet is intended to be an easy interpretation of the Show Hunter discipline, but it is not a rule book. If you’d like to understand the rules of the sport, below is a link to the official rules of the sport.

How to Become a Show Hunter Official

We are always ready to welcome new Officials, whether it be Judges, Stewards or Course Designers.  Here are some links showing the pathway to becoming a valued Official in Show Hunter.


Get in touch with the Show Hunter Executive Team and Jumping staff. Or visit our area groups page. 

Show Hunter Course Design Booklet

As a continuation of our resource improvement, the re-vamp of the Course Design Booklet is now up on the web site – complied by Marilyn Vincent.   It is important that our resources such as this are useful and informative and you are encouraged to send any feedback or suggestions for additions or improvements to Marilyn.  [email protected]   Many thanks to Marilyn for undertaking this task. 

Show Hunter Executive Minutes

  • 2021-2022
  • 2020-2021
  • 2019-2020
  • 2018-2019

2020-2021 Show Hunter Executive Minutes

2019-2020 Show Hunter Executive Minutes