Our Media Releases and Coverage

Write a Media Release

Clubs, Event Organisers and organisations of all sorts should be creating press releases to ensure that the general public knows what is going on in the equestrian world. 

Make sure you are sending your event, and competition results to your local paper sports section, and regional paper sports desk.  (No Press Release required) 

Press Release Template (with help)

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Quick Facts

Horses, and Equestrian Sport and Recreation in New Zealand

New Zealand Stats

  • 120,000+ horses in NZ
  • 80,000+ are recreational or sport horses
  • 2-3% population regularly ride
  • Equestrian is in the top 25 sports for women 
  • 5-6% pop ride at least once per year.


  • Ave riding horse is approx 500kg
  • approx 60% of horse owners, own 2-5 horses
  • Horses first arrived in NZ  - Dec 1814
  • Accurate horse numbers are not kept by Statistics NZ

Equestrian Sport and Recreation

Horses, Manure and Human Health

Horse Manure is not a risk to human health. There are no known toxic effects on humans due to the exposure to horse 

  1. Common equine parasites are not pathogenic to man.
  2. Generally speaking, horse guts do not contain the 120 viruses and constituents of concern in human, dog and cat faeces (carnivores and omnivores) 
  3. Most viruses with zoonotic potential (animals infecting humans) are not found in horse wastes.