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Mackenzie Marlo likes to Pay it Forward

At a time when most teenagers are up to their eyeballs in Tay-tay (Swift), one young local rider is reaching for the weed-eater, and not the pink lipstick.  Eighteen-year-old Mackenzie Marlo is just as committed off the field as she is on it, as a member of the 2022 Oceania Young Rider...

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Kiwis Get Tick for Paris

It’s official – New Zealand will be represented across showjumping, dressage and eventing at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. The FEI and NZOC have confirmed individual spots for New Zealand in showjumping and dressage, alongside the eventing team who qualified earlier. The individual slots...

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Big loss to the Equestrian community

It is with great sadness that we learnt of Helen Thomson’s passing at Wellington Hospital on 2 February 2024.  Helen has been a stalwart of the eventing community for a long time.  As a member of the small Eventing Taranaki committee, she was a strong contributor to the running of their...

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Sarah Doesn’t Let an Operation Get in Her Way

Seven months ago, Sarah Milne was lying on the operating table having major surgery to reconstruct her knees.  Last month, she achieved her rehab goal:  she won her dressage class and came a close second in another class, at her first competition since the operation.  “Young people...

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Sixty and Ready to ‘Take on the Big Boys’ . . . Again

It’s been a while between drinks for 2004 Olympian Matthew Grayling but currently he’s in the throes of packing up his horse and gear to head offshore and chase some big titles. The 60-year-old Taranaki dairy farmer is one of a number of top Kiwi riders heading Stateside this month. His...

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Excited to be Heading Stateside

Olympic eventing hopeful Monica Spencer is giving it her all in an effort to make the New Zealand Olympic Games team for Paris. Monica flew out yesterday to the United States with husband Andrew and two-year-old son Gus on a fun family adventure with a real high performance twist. They’ve...

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Donovan Park – Eventing Southland

Eventing  Southland held their third event for the season at Donovan Park on Sunday 28th January.  Course Designer Jim Hazlet, assisted by Lindsay Carruthers, put together some good courses that all rode well, while still providing enough questions. The small Saddlery Warehouse CCN 2* class...

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ESNZ Eventing South Island Development Camp

ESNZ Eventing are excited to announce the South Island Eventing Development Camp. This is being held on the 13th and 14th April 2024 at the Dunstan Fiber Fresh National Equestrian Centre in Christchurch. Attendees will be treated to lessons with High Performance coaches, Lizzie Green and Heelan...

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Kelly Megchelse of Eventing Taranaki

For those of you have attended Eventing Taranaki’s annual horse trials, you will know about the amazing BBQ that Eventing Taranaki puts on free for riders, officials and supporters on the Saturday night.  This is not your sausage in bread type BBQ, but an amazing array of salads and BBQ...

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Grass Roots Teen Says It’s All About the Support

Caitlin Bell became introduced to equestrian sports when she was in an “environment that was unhealthy” in the first couple of years at high school.  Two years on, she is packing up her suitcase and horse, and heading to the Southern Institute of Technology in Balclutha to train as a...

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