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Kaimanawa Heritage Horses (KHH) is a non-profit charitable trust dedicated to the welfare of Kaimanawa horses in both the wild and domestic environments.  The Kaimanawa horse is a unique and historically important link to New Zealand’s recent past.  Identified as a breed with distinct and unique characteristics, the Kaimanawa horse has proved to be a great all round riding pony.

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2014 Muster

060C9443-EditAfter several days delay due to the weather, the muster is now finished, and the horses are arriving at their new homes.

This muster DoC brought in 172 horses, and homes were found for 157. At the previous muster in 2012, 191 horses were brought in and 119 found homes, so this year has been a great improvement.

Kaimanawa Heritage Horses would like to thank everyone who has been involved, the people who spread the word about the muster, all our generous donors and sponsors, and everyone who applied to get a horse.

The next muster will be taking place in 2016. Over the next year we will be running the Kaimanawa Stallion Challenges, with selected trainers showing us what they can do with their wild Kaimanawas, and competing at Equidays 2014, and Horse of the Year 2015. You can read more about the Stallion Challenges here, and find links to where you can read more about the trainers and see what they are doing.

You can see some video coverage of the muster at these websites:

And you can see more images and read about how the horses are doing by visiting our facebook page.

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Wild Card Nominations Wanted for Wild Stallion Challenges

Stallion Challenegs March Press Release

Excitement is building as Kaimanawa Heritage Horses, in association with Equidays and Horse of the Year, launch the nation’s first wild horse challenges. There are only a few weeks until the wild Kaimanawa horses are mustered by the Department of Conservation, and the Major Milestone and the Stallion Makeover have attracted the interest of some of the nation’s most respected horse trainers.

Nine trainers, representing five equestrian disciplines, have been invited to compete for $50,000 in cash and prizes. They vary in age and technique, but they all have one common goal – to showcase the versatility and trainability of the Kaimanawa horses.

Each trainer will be randomly assigned their wild stallions, and then they will have just five months to prepare for the first performance. At Equidays the focus will be on the Thoroughbred Floats Major Milestone Halter Class. The stakes will be high as the trainers complete set workouts, release the stallions into a round pen before exiting the arena and then re-haltering the horse, followed by a freestyle performance which is expected to rival the standard set at wild horse challenges internationally.

Four months later the trainers will return to the arena, this time at the prestigious Horse of the Year show, to compete in the Saddlery Warehouse Horsemanship Class, Thoroughbred Floats Obstacle Challenge, and the WashBar Freestyle, each worth thousands in cash and prizes. More importantly, the points gained in each of the specialty classes will qualify them to compete in the Stallion Makeover where the top ranked horses will battle it out in the Premier Arena during the Friday Night Extravaganza with a sizable purse on offer for the finalists.

Between 18 and 25 stallions will compete, and KHH are looking for expression of interest for additional trainers. The ‘invitation only’ event has wild card spaces available, so if you know of anyone with the experience and facilities to rehome newly mustered stallions, then please contact events@kaimanawaheritagehorses.org. There is a rigorous approval process involved, and we expect these final positions to be hotly contested.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the equestrian companies that have partnered with our horses, and we will be announcing the naming right sponsor of the Stallion Makeover in the weeks leading up to the muster.

QUOTES FROM OUR PARTNERS

Thoroughbred Floats
‘The Kaimanawa horses encompass the qualities we value at Thoroughbred Floats – their robustness, durability, and ability to cope with the knocks of daily use, as do the Kaimanawa horses in the wild. More importantly, our focus is to remain New Zealand made, and we are proud to support the stallion challenges which promote our nations wild horses.’

The Saddlery Warehouse
The Saddlery Warehouse is one of the sponsors of this year’s Kaimanawa Heritage Horse stallion challenge. “This event embodies the values that we hold dear at the Saddlery Warehouse” said Warren Brewin, CEO. “We like the spirit of human endeavour to firstly save the horses, and then to develop them into a sensitive, yet hardy, equine partner. The trust that is built between the Trainer and the stallions is akin to the way we endeavour to develop our business through every step of the supply chain, from the original source manufacturer to our Freight Forwarders, our Warehouse personnel, our Retail Franchise Network, and ultimately to our end Consumer”.

“We wholeheartedly support the Challenges and wish the Trainers and Kaimanawa Heritage Horses every success in their program to protect wild herds and inspire future generations to love wild horses”.

WashBar
“At the heart of WashBar is deep seated desire to make a real difference. For both the horse whose life is saved and the trainer who must dig deep to build their trust – lives will change forever,” says Jules Smith from WashBar. “We love that our products, full of all-natural ingredients will be used on horses straight out of the wild. It doesn’t get more natural than that.”

New Zealand Horse & Pony Magazine
KHH is also excited to announce Horse & Pony Magazine as the official media partners for the Stallion Challenges. A monthly column will follow the muster, both events, the trainer’s progress, and the winning stallion will feature on a cover of the magazine.

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Apply Now to Save a Wild Kaimanawa Horse

Applications to take Wild Kaimanawa horses from this years muster are closing on the 30th April.

If you have ever considered taking a horse from the muster, there is still time to save a horse. It is expected that more than 200 horses will be mustered this year, and all those that do not have homes are sent to slaughter.

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If you do not have the skills or facilities to do the initial handling of a horse, we may be able to put you in touch with a registered handler who can do this for you. We can also accept tax-deductible donations that will help us take additional horses until permanent homes can be found.

Find out more about applying for a horse here
Apply for a Muster Horse

If you would like to make a donation or become a member
of KHH (you don’t need to have a Kaimanawa)
Membership and Donations

Prices for horses are $250 for the first, and $220 for additional horses. Mare and foal pairs are $400, and $370 for additional pairs.

If you have any more questions about applying for a horse, you can contact us by

Email: muster@kaimanawaheritagehorses.org
Phone: 09-431-6111 or 07-823-6099

We also have the following brochures outlining the muster and application process

Brochure Muster Image 2013

Muster Brochure 2013 Download Horse Musters Brochure

Brochure Muster Image 2013

Muster Brochure 2013 Download Muster Horse Application Brochure

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2014 National Show

Entry forms are available now for the 2014 Kaimanawa National Show, taking place as part of the Franklin A&P Show at Pukekohe showgrounds. Please visit the Franklin A&P website for entry forms, and our website for more information.

The 2014 Kaimanawa National Show will be taking place during the Franklin A&P Show at Pukekohe showgrounds on the 15th and 16th February 2014. The Kaimanawa classes will be held on Sunday the 16th February 2014 from 9:00am. For more information visit the event page on our website. We look forward to seeing all your Kaimanawas there.

2014 Kaimanawa National Show

In Hand winners

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Merry Christmas from KHH

Kaimanawa Heritage Horses would like to wish all our members, sponsors, and friends a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. With your support there is a future for the Kaimanawa Horses.

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Next year the biennial muster will be taking place in late Autumn. If you came on the field trip you will have seen how great the horses are looking; and if you have been following us on facebook you will know how the horses from the last muster have been progressing with their owners.

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Now is a great time to start thinking about purchasing a horse from the next muster, and for preparing your property. Check out the brochures describing the process, read the guide for what you need to be able to do, and please contact us if you have any questions.

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Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all the volunteers at KHH.

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