Jumps Racing

What is Jumps Racing?

Jumps racing, known as steeplechasing or National Hunt racing, has a popular following in New Zealand. Racecourses across the country have dedicated tracks for Steeplechasing which uses larger brush fences compared to Hurdling with smaller baton hurdle fences.

The racing calendar includes approximately 60 jumping events, split between Hurdles and Steeplechases, in the winter dates between April and September.

Premier Jumps Racing

The premier jump races in New Zealand, known as Prestige Jumping Races, include the prestigious Great Northern Steeplechase (6,500m) and the Great Northern Hurdle (4,200m), offering substantial prize money of $150,000.

Other notable races are the Grand National Hurdle and Steeplechase at Riccarton Park, and the Wellington Hurdle and Steeplechase at Trentham.

Most of the jumping seasons highlight meetings are held on Saturdays, guaranteeing maximum exposure, and allowing a wide audience to experience the thrilling and captivating jumping spectacles. 

2024 Jumps Calendar
View the 2024 Jumps Calendar below.
National Jumps Racing Coordinator | Paul Claridge
M: +64 21 322 300