Show jumping is also known as jumpers, stadium jumping, or open jumping.
Māori as well as settlers enjoyed riding for pleasure and took part in the organised sports of horse racing, hunting and polo.
The earliest jumping competitions in New Zealand were called leaping matches.
Competitors were required to go over a series of jumps placed around the perimeter of the show ring and were judged on style, pace, manners and riding.
Introducing the international style of showjumping to New Zealand motivated Dick Pilmer and Duncan Holden to bring together representatives from the New Zealand Pony Clubs Association, the New Zealand Hunt Association and the Royal Agricultural Society to form a national organisation.
Horses have been popular for sport and recreation since they first arrived in New Zealand.