Aust-NZ jumping contest now the Oceania Champs

oceania-logoThree tests between Australia and New Zealand will be held in February and March to decide the Oceania Showjumping Champions for 2014.

Previously known as Trans-Tasman competitions, the series was announced this week by Equestrian Sports New Zealand.

ESNZ CEO Jim Ellis said: “The Oceania Championships give greater status to our keenest rivalry and the forthcoming test series will showcase the best showjumping talent in our region five months before the World Equestrian Games in France.”

The last time the two countries met was at the inaugural Oceania Championships in Werribee, Melbourne, in September 2013, with Australia prevailing.

The first test is at Woodhill Sands on February 22-23, followed by the Tauranga test at the picturesque Mills Reef Winery on Thursday, February 27. The third test is being run in conjunction with the Silver Fern Stakes at the Horse of the Year Show on Friday, March 21.

Selectors for the New Zealand team of four riders are Chris Hansen and Tracy Kovacs.


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