"To continue to grow and to provide excellent facilities and competition for showjumping riders of all levels, their support crew, and spectators. Safe, innovative, challenging, and within all guidelines of Equestrian Sports New Zealand.
What started off as “Cambridge Festival of Showjumping"...
Starting in 1997, our local showjumping group ran a 2 day showjumping show that was held at Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge, Cambridge New Zealand: 3 rings and 200 competitors….it was a concept that worked!
However with quickly escalating competitor numbers, the Committee decided to move onto a venue better suited to the objectives of the group and our horse show. We are now based at the fantastically appointed Waipa Equestrian Park (formerly known as Kihikihi Domain), just outside of Te Awamutu, New Zealand (20 mins from the Hamilton International Airport).
In 2007 Showjumping Waikato was proud to become independently, nationally recognized; and was named an official “Area” of New Zealand Showjumping. This prompted a name change of our show from “Cambridge Festival of Showjumping” to “Showjumping Waikato Showjumping Championships.”
From 2008, we expanded into 4 rings over our 3 day show. And from that time, now host a 3* World Cup Round (one of 6 only in all of NZ). Our diverse show program successfully caters to over 500 competitors of all levels; and we entertain up to 3000 spectators. In a time of great national recession, 2009 was our largest show ever.
With regards to our 2009 Showjumping Waikato Showjumping Championships show, we received a huge accolade this month (Juy 2010)….we were awarded the national distinction from Equestrian Sport New Zealand as having been voted the BEST NZ AREA SHOW OF THE YEAR –and– BEST ORGANIZED & STAGED SHOW IN NZ. These titles were voted on by our peers, the riders, the supporters, and other areas’ showjumping committees. So in essence, we even had our “competitors” voting for our particular show. A true honour, and one we are exremely proud of.
We have always been fortunate in receiving a high level of support from both our local community, Waipa Council, and the equestrian industry of large. Without their generosity and continued support, we would not be able to run the show to the high standard of expectation.
One point of difference with Showjumping Waikato is that we believe that sponsorship is a business transaction; where we are essentially offering or exchanging rights and associations… in return for money or in-kind goods and services. It’s about securing the sponsorship and ensuring everything that we have promised does indeed happen… and that our sponsors are so happy that they can’t wait to sign up again next year!
We concentrate on what’s in it for the company, the sponsor, the community; and NOT simply what the benefit will be to Showjumping Waikato.
In keeping with this standard, at our 2009 show, we ran a Sponsor’s Luncheon, under a fully catered and licensed ringside marquis, on the Sunday of the show. Here the sponsors were allocated a number of free tickets for themselves and their clients; and many were eligible to go into a World Cup Sweepstakes (1st year run in 2009), that we drew the previous night at our “Meet the Riders” Barbeque. We found that these “extras” were hugely popular ...as they gave people a chance to mingle informally with international equestrian superstars, in a relaxed atmosphere. It also gave our sponsors and visitors a chance to learn more about the sport of showjumping, and also about our impressive district and area, of which we are great ambassadors for!
At this past 2009 show, we were also pleased to host the Waipa District Mayor, Alan Livingston and his wife, plus other Councillors and committee members, over both Saturday and Sunday of the show. Our association with the Waipa District Council is one that we value and respect.
We thank each and every person and business associated with our show, for their interest and support of our 2009 Showjumping Waikato Showjumping Championships. We had a record number of people attending, and riding; the feedback from the audience and competitors was outstandingly positive; and the publicity we got from our association with our sponsors (and vica versa) is still omnipresent 9 months after the event!
Please join us ringside in 2010! Our show dates are Friday November 5th / Saturday November 6th / Sunday November 7th (World Cup Day). Admission is free and plenty of parking and access. There is a quality Food court and many retailers around the Premiere Arena.
SJW 3*** PROGRAM for Nov 4,5,6 2011 now available ....go to "events" on our menu.
PRACTICE SJW SHOWJUMPING REMINDER!!!!
Sunday Sept 4th 2011 @ St Peters School - see flyer under "events" on our menu.
Hot food and real coffee too! Height starts at about 50cms.
Sept 2011 MEETING
7:30pm @ Cambridge Jockey Club (side conference room) - ALL WELCOME!
Showjumping Waikato's McVean Finishes a record Breaking 6th in World Cup Final !!!!!!!
Many thanks to our sponsors, riders, workers and all involved with our successful 2010 Pak'n Save Clarence Street Showjumping Waikato 3* World Cup Show !
Please visit our NEWS section for results and more information (photos coming too).
For information regarding photography at the show > go to the LINKS section.
Remember the STALLION TENDER closes on November 19th, 2010. Please see our NEWS section.