Jumps Racing

What is Jumps Racing?

Jumps racing, known as steeplechasing or National Hunt racing, has gained popularity in New Zealand. Racecourses in the country have dedicated tracks for Steeplechasing with larger brush fences and Hurdling with smaller baton hurdle fences. The jump racing season in New Zealand takes place during the winter months, from March to early November. The racing calendar includes approximately 100 events, evenly split between hurdles and steeplechases, occurring from May to September.

Premier Jumps Racing

The premier jump races in New Zealand, known as Prestige Jumping Races, include the prestigious Great Northern Steeplechase (6,400m) and the Great Northern Hurdle (4,190m), offering a substantial prize money of $125,000. Other notable races are the Grand Nationals at Riccarton Park and the Wellington Hurdle and Steeplechase at Trentham. Most season highlights are held on Saturdays, guaranteeing maximum exposure and allowing a wide audience to experience the thrilling and captivating spectacles, except for the Grand National Hurdle, which takes place on Wednesdays.

2023 Jumps Calendar
View the 2023 Jumps Calendar below.
National Jumps Racing Coordinator | Paul Claridge
M: +64 21 322 300

NZ Jumps Inc.

NZ Jumps Inc. has taken over the role of advising NZTR on all matters pertaining to jump racing in New Zealand, succeeding the NZ Jumping Association in this capacity.

NZ Jumps Inc. caters to individuals interested in supporting jump racing at various levels. Membership options range from a straightforward membership for those seeking to enjoy the basic benefits to opportunities for election to the NZ Jumps Inc. Board, enabling members to contribute to shaping future jump racing policies under NZTR's guidance.

The current NZ Jumps committee comprises a dedicated group of individuals including Paul Claridge, serving as the National Jumps Coordinator appointed by NZTR, Andrew Castles representing Racing Clubs, John Wheeler representing Trainers, Shaun Phelan as the Jockey's Representative, and Paul Nelson and Ann Browne representing NZJA (New Zealand Jumping Association). Additionally, Todd Treweek serves as the National Tracks Adviser, contributing valuable insights to the committee's endeavors.