"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.
Also to provide ongoing training for all levels of Waikato riders and to support overseas' campaigns for Waikato showjumping riders." 


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.


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!


21 JUNE, 7:30pm

@ Cambridge Jockey Club


Just a reminder that if you haven't done so already can you please read the remits (on ESNZ website) before tomorrow night's meeting (7:30pm 21 June @ Cambridge Jockey Club). There's a fair sized list so this will help speed up the discussion and voting. This is an AREA MEETING and everyone is encouraged to come along : - ) 

Showjumping Waikato's McVean Finishes a record Breaking 6th in World Cup Final !!!!!!!

2/05/2011 3:31:47 a.m. (article kindess of Equestrian Sport New Zealand)

Olympic showjumper Katie McVean has created New Zealand equestrian history after finishing sixth in the FEI World Cup final in Leipzig, Germany, this morning.

Riding her home-bred mare Dunstan Delphi the 24-year-old from Mystery Creek was left ruing a rail and a time fault that made the difference between second and sixth.

However, she was still over the moon with her beautiful bay horse, and her placing is New Zealand's best ever at the World Cup final.

It was so much bigger out there in the second round and Delphi was trying so hard,” said McVean after the class. “After that (rail) she was away again – I'm so very, very happy. It has been a dream.”

Dad Jeff, himself a competitor at World Cup finals, was ringside to watch his daughter and the horse he calls his “princess” ride in the event of their lives.

I've always believed in her (Delphi) – she's a very good horse and still so inexperienced at this level.”

His excitement was tinged with “an element of disappointment” but he says they are still incredibly proud.

She's a New Zealand bred horse and Kate has come out and matched it with the best – it's very good for her...for both of them.”

McVean picked up just over $15,000 Euros for her efforts.

Host nation Germany retained their stranglehold on the title with a calm and controlled clear at the crucial time by Christian Ahlmann aboard Taloubet Z. It was almost a Germany quinella but leader Marco Kutscher and Cash, the last to go in the final round, slid down the placings to fourth equal after a run of rails.

Superstar Hickstead and Eric Lamaze (Can) finished second on the back of his spectacular win yesterday.

Course builder Frank Rothenberger threw everything at the riders for the final two rounds – huge, challenging, technical and no room for error. Fences were 1.65m and more, and well suited to the big scopey German horses.

The final day was two full rounds for the top 27 combinations. McVean was incredibly unlucky to nudge the last fence, dropping the rail and giving she and Delphi four faults.

In the second round, she was going so well but dropped a rail early in the course and picked up a time fault. Just 19 came back for the second round.

New Zealand's previous best World Cup final result was from Olympian John Cottle and Arturo who finished 18th in 1983 in the final in Vienna.

Listen to interview with Katie: Click here

Rolex FEI World Cup Final: Christian Ahlmann (Ger) Taloubet Z 4 penalties 1, Eric Lamaze (Can) Hickstead 10 2, Jeroen Dubbeldam (Ned) BMC van Grunsven Simon 11 3, Beezie Madden (USA) Coral Reef Via Volo 12 and Marco Kutscher (Ger) Cash 12 =4, Kevin Staut (Fra) Silvana de Hus, PiusSchwizer (Sui) Carlina, Geroc Schroder (Ned) Eurocommerce New Orleans and Katie McVean (NZL) Dunstan Delphi 13 =6, McLain Ward (USA) Antares F 14 10.

Full results: http://www.engarde.de/events/event_prog_list.php?eventID=65



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.