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Thom Left Buoyed After WEG Test Event

New Zealand’s eventing high performance manager and chef d’equipe for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Graeme Thom looks back on a test event that has left him buoyed by what may be. He has also recently attended a chefs meeting where there was discussion and plenty of information...

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North Island Future Stars Features World Games Campaigners at Taupo NEC

Day one of a fabulous four days of dressage gets underway at the Fiber Fresh Taupo NEC at Rapids Rd on Thursday. The new indoor stadium will be up and running at daybreak with arena familiarization at 7am for the Way to WEG CDI Grand Prix horses followed by the Young Horses. The CDI trot up will...

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World Class Team Behind Events

Farrier Andrew Nickalls, an integral part of Eventing Team New Zealand, is an award-winner himself. Several times he had won the award for best shod horse, including at Burghley with Ringwood Sky Boy and Tim Price.   “It is an absolute honour and privilege to have a small little part...

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Plenty of Memories from Dejavu MH

New Zealand’s dressage fraternity have been left reeling after the sudden passing of FEI World Cup Final representative Dejavu MH this week.   The striking 12-year-old black gelding, who was bred by Matthews Hanoverians, created history when he and Kumeu-based Williamson earned the...

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Havanna and Tait Added to Futures Squad

Blyth Tait and Havanna have been added to the ESNZ High Performance Futures Squad.   The Belgium-bred chestnut mare was in the hands of Lizzie Green until she had Tait ride for her while spending time in New Zealand. The horse, which used to be known as Havanna van’t Castaneahof,...

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NZ Gets Another Nations Cup Invites

  New Zealand showjumpers continue to bask in the success of its FEI Nations Cup win in Abu Dhabi with another invite, this time to the Nations Cup in St Gallen in Switzerland.   Just last month it was announced the FEI had awarded New Zealand a wild card entry to the CSIO5*...

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Youth Olympic Games Next for Burnett-Grant

By Diana Dobson  The good news just keeps rolling in for teen jumping sensation Briar Burnett-Grant with confirmation she has been chosen to represent New Zealand at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina later this year. The 17-year-old, who won the prestigious Horse of the...

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Plenty to Celebrate for HP Squad Riders at HOY

Some of New Zealand’s onshore based 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games hopefuls have been in fine form at the recent Land Rover Horse of the Year Show.   Eventing high performance rider Clarke Johnstone picked up his third Eventer of the Year crown aboard the beautiful Balmoral...

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Humbled and Honoured Brougham Inducted into Hall of Fame

Rio Olympian Julie Brougham is not often out of the loop, but her induction into the Horse of the Year Hall of Fame most definitely caught her flat footed.   “I still can’t believe it,” says the dressage superstar who holds the Australasian record for Grand Prix Freestyle to Music...

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Kiwis Chasing Badminton Honours . . . Again

New Zealand will be strongly represented at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials with 11 combinations on the card, including former winners and a few first-timers.   Andrew Nicholson, who won the event in 2017, is back with his perennial Nereo as well as Jet Set, and everyone is...

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