Facilities Strategy

 The purpose of the National Equestrian Facilities Strategy is linked to the delivery of quality experiences in both recreational and competition environments. 


Equestrian Sports NZ and New Zealand Pony Clubs Association would like to say a huge thanks to all the clubs, groups, disciplines and individuals who have helped shape the National Equestrian Facilities Strategy.  Your feedback and insights have allowed us to bring together the most in-depth study of Equestrian spaces and places across Aotearoa.

Thank you also to the steering group from across the sector that has provided support and guidance through this process. We would like to acknowledge the support from Sport NZ in terms of their financial support and the expertise and direction from their spaces and places team. Finally, to Andy Adams and the team at Visitor Solutions who have helped guide and deliver the strategy. 

We will now move to form an Equestrian Facilities Advisory Group from across the sector to ensure we continue the collaborative approach that has evolved through this process. We will also look to develop case studies on initiatives and good practice across the country. This Strategy will also be shared with all councils across the country along with all Regional Sports Trusts.  Both bodies play an important role in facility development in their areas and should form part of our development plans going forward.

If you have any queries please contact Julian Bowden mailto:[email protected]

[See also Taranaki Equestrian Facilities Plan at the bottom of this page]

The Facilities Strategy provides insights and guidelines as to how we can approach facility planning and development including:

  1. Clear evidence and direction to best deliver equestrian experiences,
  2. Prioritise where we need to focus our attention.
  3. The catalyst for our equestrian community to work together more.
  4. The ability to inform key stakeholders, both current and new. 

The strategy should be used as a tool to help inform decision making. The specifications referred to in the strategy are set to be aspirational. We accept that given the varied nature of our facilities there is no one size to fit all. To offer quality experiences we need a mix of venue types and sizes which are complementary to one another and financially sustainable – having the right type of facilities in the most suitable locations. This is important to ensure a quality facility network for all participants no matter the level.   So, how can you use this strategy?

  • Understanding your local context along with the considerations and recommendations for your region.
  • Understanding the optimal equestrian facility network and the level of specification.
  • Understanding our priority focus areas and projects to advance.
  • Understanding the facility development process that needs to be worked through.
  • Access to insights and data to drive an evidence-based approach to advance projects.

Taranaki Equestrian Facilities Plan

Taranaki is the first region to come up with the Taranaki Equestrian Facilities Plan along with this great video.  The content in the video is sure to resonate with many people.  Here is a copy of their plan:  TARANAKI EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES PLAN