NZ Horse Network was formed to bring all equestrians together; to link local groups, clubs and individuals to form a national body for the nations recreational horse owners and equestrians. Our aim is to build a strong, active horse community where we help each other to create, protect and promote access for horse riding.
New Zealand's equestrian community is far behind other sports and recreation because of our lack of cohesiveness. We all need to work together to ensure the future of our wonderful sport, and the heritage of New Zealand's horse. Read more on this topic >>
Each and every rider and horse owner is affected by many Council and government agency decisions and rules. Horse riders don't get equal access to trails, sports facilities leave equestrians out in the cold, and property rules forget about equestrian businesses and horse ownership. Each person can make a difference by deciding to do just one thing each month ... read more on this topic >>
Something going on in your part of New Zealand? We aim to build a network of smart, well connected equestrians who get fair access to community resources. Local clubs and organisations are important to help do this. Join us and spread the word through your local clubs and organisations read more on this topic >>
Planning a recreation area, park or trail? Not sure how to include equestrians? Check out our resources read more on this topic >>
How many horses are there in New Zealand? No one really knows! Real figures on the extent of the equine sector would bring us more attention.
Our data is now being used by other authorities read up on Waikato University research using our survey data >>
Find out about current research, and take part in surveys to help fill in the gaps... read more on this topic >>
There's a funny paradox in New Zealand; we all go overseas, and then we seem to forget everything we've seen or experienced and try to reinvent the wheel when we plan or build things here.
Sharing trails and recreation spaces is common overseas, and horses are a part of the culture and history of most communities. Yet here in New Zealand, there is distinct fear of including horses by some recreation and transport planners, despite our open spaces and relatively short history of car ownership.
Overseas examples of infrastructure, urban horses and shared recreation abound read more about them here >>
NZ Horse Network