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Coronavirus Updates

Equestrian Sport NZ is closely monitoring the information regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.

Latest Coronavirus News

Click here for the latest news and information on Coronavirus.

Frequently Asked Questions - General and Horse Owners

Frequently asked questions to help our members around registration refunds, entries refunds, training at the NECs and the Olympic Games.

Frequently Asked Questions - Events & Insurance

Frequently asked questions regarding events and insurance cover to assist our event organisers.


Covid-19 Toolkit

The following toolkit has been put together to assist Area Groups/Clubs and Organising Committees with navigating Covid-19 requirements now and in the event of possible future outbreaks.



Alert Level System

UPDATED 12/06/2020

Under Alert Level 1 the disease is contained in New Zealand, but COVID-19 is uncontrolled overseas and there is isolated household transmission occurring.

The main controls under Alert Level 1 are border restrictions and managed isolation or quarantine for people entering the country.

Equestrian Sports under Alert Level 1 looks like much like it did pre-COVID-19, with border restrictions. There are no restrictions on businesses and services (including hospitality), no restrictions on gathering, no requirements for physical distancing, and no requirements to keep records to enable contact tracing.

While none of the public health requirements are mandatory – it is important to remain vigilant and continue to practice good hygiene to minimise the risk of community transmission. In Alert Level 1 we should be vigilant in maintaining these good practices, so that we are prepared to quickly move into higher alert levels if we need to.

Under Alert Level 1 ESNZ is following Sport NZ’s advice and Alert Level 1 plan.

how to apply

Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund

Sport NZ has created a $25 million package to provide further short-term relief for organisations at all levels of sport and active recreation. 

If you are an ESNZ area group or club (for Endurance) you can apply to for this fund.

The below links are to assist Area Groups/clubs with the application process.   If Area Groups/Clubs have any issues please call your sport managers in the first instance.


Hand Sanitiser Suppliers

ESNZ is aware that everyone will be hunting for hand sanitizer and while companies have started producing more, it is still proving difficult to find and availability is unlikely to improve anytime soon.  Therefore, we thought we would put together this list of reputable hand sanitiser suppliers to make it easier for Area Groups/Clubs and Organising Committees.


Other useful links and resources

The following information may assist with determining what equestrian activity may be possible under each Alert Level, but Equestrian Sports NZ reiterate it is up to individual area groups/clubs to make decisions, based upon their own circumstances and applicable Government directives.

Cancelled ESNZ Events & Official Seminars

  • Cancelled Dressage Events
  • Cancelled Endurance Events
  • Cancelled Eventing Events
  • Cancelled Jumping Events
  • Cancelled Para-Equestrian Events
  • Cancelled / Postponed Official Seminars
March 2020
  • 21-22nd: Dressage Southland Autumn
  • 22nd: Dressage Waitemata Autumn Day 1
  • 25-28th: Dressage and Para-Equestrian Championships
  • 26-29th: National Championships
  • 29th:  Gisborne Dressage Autumn Series – Day 1
    • NEG Summer Series Day 2
    • Saddlery Warehouse Nelson Dressage Training Day
    • Waikato Equestrian Centre Day 1
    • Warkworth Dressage Local Day
April 2020
  • 4-5th: Central Otago Dressage Autumn Tournament
  • 5th: AMDG Autumn Accumulator Day 2
    • Dressage Hawke’s Bay Autumn Series Day 1
    • Taupo Dressage Ribbon Day 2
  • 12th: Morrinsville/Te Aroha Dressage Group Autumn Series Day 1
  • 19th: Gisborne Dressage Autumn Series Day 2
    • NLEC Day 1 Autumn Series
    • Solway Dressage Autumn Series Day 1
    • SCNO Dressage Autumn Show
    • Waikato
    • Warkworth Dressage Training Day
  • 26th: Ashburton Dressage Group
    • NEG Summer Series Day 3
    • Nelson Dressage Winter Series #1
    • Northland
    • Waikato Equestrian Centre Day 2
  • 27th: Taranaki Dressage ANZAC Tournament
    • Dressage Waitemata Local Day
May 2020
  • 2-3rd: Rotorua Wendy Richards Memorial Show
  • 3rd: AMDG Autumn Accumulator Day 3
    • Canterbury Dressage Winter Series 1
    • Dressage Hawke’s Bay Autumn Series Day 2
    • WCEG Winter Dressage Day 1
  • 10th: Horowhenua Dressage Group May Ribbon Day
  • 17th: Morrinsville/Te Aroha Dressage Group Autumn Series Day 2
    • NLEC Day 2 Autumn Series
    • Northland
    • Solway Dressage Autumn Series Day 2
    • Dressage Waitemata
  • 24th: Ashburton Dressage Group
    • Gisborne Dressage Autumn Series Day 3
  • 30-31st: Central Districts Winter Show
  • 31st: NEG May Day
    • Nelson Dressage Winter Series #2
    • Waikato Equestrian Centre Day 3
June 2020
  • 7th: Canterbury Dressage Winter Series 2
    • Dressage Hawke’s Bay Autumn Series Day 3
    • WCEG Winter Dressage Series Day 2
  • 13-14th: Taranaki Dressage Winter Weekender
  • 14th: Horowhenua Dressage Group June Ribbon Day

21-22 March 2020, Northland Eventing
28-29 March 2020, Eventing Central Districts

28-29 March 2020, Ryal Bush – Southland

4-5 April 2020, Hamilton

10-11 April 2020, Northern Hawkes Bay

18-19 April 2020, Matamata

25-26 April 2020, Christchurch
25-26 April 2020, Central & Southern Hawke’s Bay Eventing

7-10 May 2020, NZ Three Day Event – Taupo

28-29 March 2020, Waitemata Show Jumping
28-29 March 2020, Clareville Classic
28-29 March 2020, SCNO Season Finale
3-5 April 2020, Glistening Waters Series Final

Jumping Series Awards Notifications and Prizegiving – Jumping is in discussion about notification and awarding prizes for the Jumping Series and will provide a further update shortly.

25-28 March 2020, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Championships,

List of NZ Seminars that have been cancelled or postponed

  • FEI Refresher Seminar for Jumping Stewards. This course will no longer go ahead on 2-3 April 2020, but is likely to be held 25-26 October 2020, still in Wellington.  Please do not re-book flights or accommodation until this is confirmed.
  • FEI Level 1 for Promotion Seminar for Jumping Stewards. This course will no longer go ahead on 4-6 April 2020, but we are looking at 22-24 October 2020, in Hastings.  Please do not re-book flights or accommodation until this is confirmed.
  • Also – Equestrian Australia have cancelled their FEI Refresher Seminar for Jumping Course Designers, which was calendared for 31 March – 1 April 2020, Sydney. A new date will be advised asap.
  • Promotion, transfer and maintenance courses for FEI Eventing Officials. These courses will no longer go ahead on 7-10 May, in Taupo but we are looking to run them in early December.  Please do not re-book flights or accommodation until we have confirmed the new dates.
  • Promotion and transfer courses for Endurance Official Veterinarians and Veterinary Treatment Officials, these courses will no longer go ahead on 23-24 May 2020, Wellington.  New dates will be announced shortly

List of NZ Seminars under review

  • National Officials’ seminars and courses. Check your discipline website pages for these in the coming months as to whether they will differ from normal.

ESNZ Insurance for cancellation of flights and accommodation

For those officials that have booked travel and accommodation for the above courses, please note the following.

If the course has been postponed, please contact your airline and accommodation provider to see about moving your booking to an alternative date. 

If the course has been cancelled indefinitely or changed to different location and you are unable to get a refund, then ESNZ may be able to assist you by putting in a claim with our insurers.  Flights and accommodation must have been booked prior to the 2 March 2020 and confirmation of booking is required to make a claim.  Please email Emma for more information or to make a claim

Managing Health Risks

Managing your risk of exposure to the Coronavirus is essential to maintaining good health. At this time, please be aware of good hygiene and using common sense in your everyday activities in order to prevent the spread of this virus.

We recommend regularly washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitiser; practice safe sneeze and cough hygiene; avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with people who are sick; and disinfect and clean “often touched” objects and surfaces to help reduce your risk of exposure.

We will continue to monitor this issue and provide updates as needed.

Useful Links

New Zealand Government Covid-19 website

Ministry of Heath – Current situation