A new era for the sport of show jumping was ushered in, with the launch of Takapoto Estate Showjumping on the banks of Lake Karapiro.

This impressive world class venue was made possible by the support of the Plaw family, with Mitch and Kate Plaw involved in New Zealand high performance, pathway and community sport, including equestrian, cycling and hockey.

The stunning setting among more than half a million native trees on a beautifully landscaped 600 acres, was a jaw dropping backdrop for some of the most exciting show jumping action New Zealand has seen.

The four-day show offered almost $70,000 in prize money, with entries quickly reaching a maximum of 435 horses and riders from New Zealand, Australia and further afield.

Flying home for the event were New Zealand’s victorious Abu Dhabi Longines FEI Nations Cup team of Samantha McIntosh, Daniel Meech, Richard Gardner and Bruce Goodin.

The event raise more than $30,000 for New Zealand’s 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games team, thanks to sporting superstars from the New Zealand (hockey) Black Sticks and cyclists alongside Olympic, WEG and World Cup final riders.