In addition to Beyond the Barriers run clinics and events, we support a number of Thoroughbred specific prizes at events throughout the country.


27 - 29 November 2020

Equifest, National Equestrian Centre, Taupo

WHO: Thoroughbreds who began sporthorse schooling no earlier than 20 October 2019

WHAT: You will compete in one compulsory class and three optional classes:

Paced and Mannered

Working Hunter



High Jump


Cowboy Challenge

WIN: Your share of a $12,500+ prize pool

Returning for the sixth year, Dunstan Ex-Factor is a competition that showcases Thoroughbreds who have had only 12 months sporthorse schooling since retiring from their intended career on the racetrack.

Selected Thoroughbreds compete in three of the seven available classes and points accumulated across these classes determine the overall winner of Dunstan Ex-Factor. The classes provide riders with an opportunity to show a range of skills including jumping, dressage and freestyle which makes for great viewing for spectators.

Each Thoroughbred competing is profiled in a dedicated programme which provides information about their breeding and race history. A wide range of Thoroughbreds are represented in the competition with previous competitors including mares and geldings, unraced horses through to steeplechasers, Group 1 winners and even horses who are still racing, 4-year-olds through to 12-year-olds and horses that have been produced by professional riders through to teenagers with their first off the track Thoroughbred.

Previous winners of the Dunstan Cup are:

2019 - Miranda Horton and Cuzzie Charlie (8yo gelding by Thewayyouare out of Caernarfon)

2018 - Dannie Lodder and  Omaha (5yo gelding by Cape Blanco out of Last Celestina)

2017 – Dannie Lodder and Moneyshot (6yo gelding by Perfectly Ready out of Penny Arcade)

2016 – Donna Edwards-Smith and DSE Sunset Pass (8yo gelding by Yamanin Vital out of Janet's Choice)

2015 – Samantha Felton and Ricker Ridge Mystery Man (5yo gelding by Sakhee's Secret out of Mystery Creek)

Beyond the Barriers NZ is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to promote the versatility and suitability of retired racehorses as pleasure and sporthorses within New Zealand and is supported by a family of generous sponsors. These sponsors ensure that riders compete for a significant prize pool, with over $15,000 in prizes up for grabs over the three days of competition.



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