Hound Shows

Annual hound shows are an important part of the hunting calendar where the competition is strong as the various Hunts display the best of their breeding. These competitions encourage Hunts to improve and refine their knowledge of hound breeding and aim to develop their packs. Hound shows are also great social occasions where hunting enthusiasts get together and focus on hounds. Hound shows are held either on a Regional, North Island, South Island or National basis with the National Hound Shows being held on an approximate five year rotation.

North Island Hound Show at the Dannevirke Hunt Centennial 2011


Hunting and racing developed side by side in New Zealand with pioneer families taking part in both. In the past many Hunts had racing permits to run Hunt Race Meetings with jumping races featuring. Today only two Hunts, the Pakuranga and the Rotorua & Bay of Plenty Hunt, continue to hold permits with a number of other Hunts being unofficially involved with racing and having “Hunt rooms” at a local race meeting.

The Duke of Gloucester Cup was presented to NZ Racing by the Duke after his visit in 1935 for an annual amateur riders race. In 1951 the NZHA took over its administration and to this day, the cup is still regarded as the most prestigious trophy for amateur riders to win. The NZHA donates a miniature for the rider and for the owner annually.

Hunter Trials

Many Hunts hold annual Hunter Trials. These are a fun jumping competition day restricted to Hunt members riding over hunter type obstacles. Most Hunts have a selection of some very old and highly sought after trophies.

Hunt Balls

Traditionally most Hunts held an annual ball. Now only some hold regular balls with other Hunts' just holding a ball when celebrating major milestones such as Centennials or Jubilees. These balls are a great social occasion for the Hunt district.


A necessity for all Hunts and some innovative ideas have risen over the years with events such as horse treks, 4 x 4 safari and catering being included in the Hunt calendar.

Children's Hunts

Run during the school holidays are popular where Hunts encourage the participation of younger riders. The property hunted is selected accordingly. 

The Duke of Gloucester Cup with Riders Miniature and the Owners Miniature 

Hypnotize and Isaac Lupton clear the water jump at Ellerslie on their way to winning the 2007 Pakuranga Hunt Cup. Trained by Raymond Connors the combination also won the same event in 2008 and 2010 as well as the prestigious Great Northern Steeplechase in the same 3 years, the only horse ever to achieve this feat.