National Equestrian Centre (Taupo)

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Construction of a High Performance National Training Facility at the National Equestrian Centre in Taupo.

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After considerable consultation with all stakeholders including Sport NZ (Facilities strategy), High Performance Sport NZ, ESNZ (Equestrian Sport New Zealand), community leaders and community groups a redevelopment plan has commenced for the Fiber Fresh National Equestrian Centre Taupo.

We have had the designs prepared for the new Centre. It will be a massive 3500m2 single span construction and will provide Olympic level facility for our National High Performance Equestrian Team to call home. The Centre will also have function and conference facilities, indoor and outdoor grandstand seating and all the 'human facilities' required!

We require $1.8m to build this Centre and have already secured $1.6m. We're hoping that you can help us to ensure the success of this project - every dollar donated is gratefully received.

The aim is to create a Hub of Excellence for Horse Sports (similar to Rowing NZ & Cycling) and to future proof the NEC Taupo by providing state of the art facilities for horse / riders and spectators. The new venue will be able to be used by other community members for a wide range of other events and activities... like Indoor Polocrosse, Motor Home Shows, Scout Jamborees, Kapa Haka Champs, horse training clinics, horse sales, A&P Shows & Field Days, Rugby / Soccer training, Food & Lifestyle expos, Dog Shows, Rodeo, Vintage Car shows and more. The use of the non-equestrian activities will be similar to Otago Equestrian Centre, RDA Canterbury, Manfield Fielding and Mystery Creek Hamilton.

Our goal is to be Australasia’s destination of choice for all those involved in equestrian sports; to provide a Centre of Excellence for equestrian activities; to operate a premier event and training facility in Taupo; to operate a financially sustainable facility that meets an identified need; to futureproof the current centre in Taupo and to integrate with other community users.

“A key factor in maintaining our international success is to further develop the sport in New Zealand, to do this, world class facilities and arena surfaces are required to deliver competition and training that matches the rest of the world”.

Sir Mark Todd KNZM CBE

Organisation details

The National Equestrian Centre Taupo opened in 1975 and has been a Equestrian Sports NZ (then called the NZ Horse Society) since. Over the years there have been many developments and improvements made to the ninety acre block just north of Taupo... but nothing as significant as the current project.

The centre is used year round for local, regional, national and international equestrian events, and is also increasingly used for other outdoor activities.

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This organisation page was created on 11 Dec 2015.

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