Clubs & Courses
Feilding J.C.Clubs & Courses Index
Horse racing has been part of Feilding's history from its very earliest days.
In 1871 Sir William Feilding arrived in New Zealand and together with Mr Arthur Halcombe purchased 106,000 acres of land for just 15 shillings an acre. They established the Manchester Block, as it was then known, with Mr Frank Lethbridge becoming one of the more substantial land owners.
Barely five years after the settlers arrived Frank Lethbridge had carved a racecourse out of the fertile land, which became known as Lethbridge's Run. Frank Lethbridge was the Feilding Jockey Club's first President and also served as the judge. In the early days there were three clubs racing on Lethbridge's Run. However in 1880 the Feilding Jockey Club took over the Hunt Racing Club and Steeplechase Club. Frank Lethbridge continued as President of the Feilding Jockey Club until 1911.
In 1890 the Feilding Jockey Club shifted from Lethbridge's Run to set-up a new racecourse, where the Club raced for just over 100 years until 1999 when the decision was made to sell the racecourse to the Manawatu District Council and transfer the Club's racing operations to Awapuni. The Feilding Jockey Club land is now part of Manfield Park.
Feilding Jockey Club's vision to realise their assets and invest the proceeds from the sale of the racecourse to underwrite the Club's racing activities at Awapuni has been hailed by industry leaders as one of the best decisions made by a New Zealand Racing Club in recent years.
In 1999 the Feilding Jockey Club had struggled to conduct three low-key midweek race meetings at their course. The Feilding Cup that year was run for just $8,000. Today the $50,000 Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup is a Listed Open Handicap race with the Club offering $170,000 prizemoney on this day, which is more than they paid out for their three meetings in the 1998/99 season.
Feilding currently runs three meetings at Awapuni, with the RACE Board allocating them the Manawatu Racing Clubs popular ANZAC day feature meeting, which has provided the Feilding Jockey Club with a second black type feature raceday. The Club is in a very strong financial position and is a major contributor to the RACE concept.
The colour, atmosphere and excitement of a day at the races provides an entertainment experience unlike any other. There is no better way to be part of the action than to become a member at one of the Racing clubs that race at Awapuni. Join today and you and your guest will be able to come racing at Awapuni racemeeting's throughout the year. Membership at Awapuni can also entitle you to rights at Wellington Racing Club racemeetings.
Membership Options Include:
Race Premier membership $175
RACE (full) membership $100
Country Club Member & Guest $40
Country Club Single Member $30
Under 30 Member $30
Hospitality packages are on offer at most meetings throughout the year. This is an opportunity to entertain guests, clients, staff or friends in style, with first class facilities and uninterrupted views of the course.
The packages will include:
Cash bar or all-inclusive beverage package
Complimentary tea and coffee
Racebook per guest
Private tote facilities
MC to host the day (depending on day)
PO Box 52
T: 06 356 4940
M: 021 814 632
The Feilding Gold Cup Raceday is the major racemeeting of the year for the Feilding Jockey Club. Total prizemoney on this day is $170,000, including $50,000 in the feature event - the Feilding Gold Cup.