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Much Learnt from Shadowing World Class Designer

Hawke’s Bay course designer John Holmes has been involved with eventing for nearly 30 years but for him, “nothing equates” to shadowing the legendary Mike Etherington-Smith nor actually being at a CCI4*. A High Performance Sport New Zealand Prime Minister’s Scholarship allowed John...

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Performance Squad Riders Shine at Puhinui

ESNZ Eventing performance programme riders cleaned up the top three classes at the Puhinui International Horse Trials at the weekend. From the Future Potential Recognition squad, Samantha Felton (Matangi) won the Honda NZ CCI3* aboard Ricker Ridge Divine Right and was third aboard Ricker...

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Exciting Potential in FPR Programme

It has been a positive year across all of ESNZ eventing squads according to performance leader Penny Castle. The ESNZ Eventing Future Potential Recognition Squad (FPR) may only be just over a year old but already those driving it are seeing massive improvements from the riders...

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Eventing in the Spotlight with New Rules Kicking In

As the clocks tick over to herald a new year on January 1 it will mark the start of a new era for international eventing – one which has a stronger focus on horse welfare, introduces a new category system, and shows less tolerance to bad or inappropriate behaviour from riders. The rule...

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Equestrian Toasted at Opening in Taupo

The future of New Zealand’s equestrian was toasted by some of the nation’s sporting leaders today with the official opening of the National Equestrian Centre’s new international-standard indoor arena in Taupo. The Minister of Sport, the Honourable Grant Robertson did the honours before...

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International NZ Equestrian Centre Opened in Taupo

New Zealand’s equestrian community will take another big step forwards with the official opening of the National Equestrian Centre’s new international-standard indoor arena on Friday (November 23). The $3.5 million Equestrian Sports New Zealand High Performance Centre of Excellence in...

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Just Kidding Nabs Second on 4* Debut

Amanda Pottinger knows that finishing second in her first CCI4* competition is nothing to sneeze about . . . but what does irk her is that she and Just Kidding had four rails down in the showjumping. “That upsets me,” she said. Amanda lost her hard-won overnight lead after a very...

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No Joke – Just Kidding Leading in Adelaide

It’s been a challenging cross country day for the Kiwis at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event but as the dust settles, Amanda Pottinger and Just Kidding are at the front of CCI4* field. Only half of the 24-strong card made it home and even then, there were penalties...

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Solid Start From Kiwis in Adelaide

The Kiwi eventers are flying high at the end of the dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide. Emily Cammock (Canterbury) and Shaw Lee are the best of the nine New Zealand combinations, sitting in fourth place on 32.9 penalty points. Bundy Philpott...

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New Zealand Team Rider Appearances Increase Media Impact of Event Rider Masters

Event Rider Masters (ERM), the equestrian Eventing series launched in 2016, today announced significant increases in their television distribution figures for the 2018 season, following their annual independent media audit carried out by SMG You Gov. Having a significant impact on Southern...

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