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ESNZ Eventing Performance Squad Liaison Roles Available

            ESNZ High Performance is seeking applications for the positions of ESNZ Eventing Performance Talent Identification Liaison (TID) and ESNZ Eventing Talent Development (TD) Liaison. These two new contract liaison positions are a key linking, mentor and coaching-type role within...

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Changes Afoot in Eventing Performance Programme

Penny Castle looks back on her eight years as the eventing performance leader with a huge amount of pride as to what has been accomplished. Where there was one squad, there are now three and a mushrooming list of riders who continue to edge closer to their goals on the world stage. “I am...

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Tokyo Olympic Games Drives Eventing High Performance Squad Changes

           The fast-approaching Tokyo Olympic Games have been front of mind for eventing selectors as they scrutinized New Zealand’s top-performing combinations to decide the 2019 ESNZ Eventing High Performance Squads. Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) and Balmoral Sensation remain the only...

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Jonelle Price Announced as Finalist in the ISPS Handa Halberg Awards

  56th ISPS HANDA HALBERG AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED The Halberg Foundation has today announced 27 finalists for six categories at the 56th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards – New Zealand’s pre-eminent event to celebrate and honour sporting achievements from 2018. Seventeen finalists in the Para...

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Rising Stars Stake Claims in Squads

             Three new riders have made it onto ESNZ’s Eventing Performance Squads announced today. Jess Woods (Waikato) joins Ashleigh McKinstry (Taumarunui), Maddy Crowe (Hamilton), Abigail Long (Levin) and Renee Faulkner (Papakura) on the Talent Development Squad. New to the...

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2018 ‘Huge’ Year for HP Eventing

ESNZ eventing high performance manager Graeme Thom looks back on a year that reminds us all what a great leveler horses always are. From three CCI4* wins and a second at Adelaide, a team victory at the Aachen Nations Cup and qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games through to not making the...

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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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