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Indoor Stadium Planned for Centre

Posted by ESNZ Admin on Friday, 20 September 2013

The indoor competition arena and stadium planned for the Fiber Fresh National Equestrian Centre (NEC) will provide more opportunities for local riders to train and compete on par with their international competitors. 

"Having this new indoor stadium as an additional facility will enable us to provide not only our riders, but also all equestrian enthusiasts, with the chance to train, compete and spectate in a facility equivalent to what others are using all around the world," NEC Taupo convenor Wallie Niederer said. 

"It takes the risk out of hosting a large scale event as the effects of weather can be hugely detrimental, and this also means there is a year-round training facility," he said. 

"The stadium will future-proof equestrian sports in New Zealand. The National Equestrian Centre is owned by Equestrian Sports New Zealand so there will always be a top class venue to train and compete at in the North Island - with all the amenities required." 

Funding for the stadium has come by way of a grant but Mr Niederer said the ongoing costs will be meet by the NEC. 

"Aside from equestrian events, the stadium will also be available for other users to hire. Taupo is well-known as the Events Capital and we have already had approaches from non-equestrian parties interested in utilising the facility." 

The stadium will have a commercial kitchen, cafe and conference facilities, as well as office space, showers and toilets. 

Aside from the new indoor arena, a new covered yards complex is being developed. 

"We have been fortunate enough to receive funding via the Trustpower CommunityCare Fund to get this project underway and are also looking at support from ESNZ [Equestrian Sport New Zealand] members in terms of a covered yard five-year lease scheme to build additional yards," he said. 

The NEC hosts equestrian events throughout the year, including the national three-day Event Championships, Endurance Nationals, World Cup Dressage and show jumping, along with smaller events for all equestrian disciplines as well as Pony Club. 

Building is expected to start in October and should be complete by mid-2014.

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