Matawhio Sporthorses Ltd breeds and William Willis, Director, rider and Studmaster produce jumpers for the future. 

Matawhio’s breeding programme was started fourteen years ago to provide a source of quality tall jumpers for our 3 tall sons who were all competing on the national Jumping circuit. It began by crossing the best European blood on offer with the mares Capriole and Miss Brunei. Both had extensive and successful careers within New Zealand and abroad.

William, only, has continued to ride but the breeding programme has continued apace. We have bred spectacular foals and horses by Cassini 11, Chacco Silver, Calvaro Z, Dollar de La Pierre, Kannan, Indoctro VDL, Jaguar Mail, Lindberg des Hayettes, and the list goes on. We are now breeding 4th generation progeny aiming to improve the quality of our genetics with each one. To this end we retain a few of the very best fillies are bred before they go on to be produced for competition. All our horses are for sale – at different stages – as William likes to produce the tallest ones to a high level before selling, at 6 ft 4 and a half ins many horses are too small for him to produce to any great level so the age and stage at which we will sell them is generally dependent on their height and his available time . However from this point most of our stock will be for sale at weaning. The horses that are listed on the For Sale page are examples of what we have for sale but we have many more! Please approach us with your specifications from World Cup jumpers down to foals for the future!

We believe (and we are often told) that we are breeding horses that are second to none in NZ. Many are destined for the world stage. This is a product of great genetics and William’s talent at producing them for competition.

William Willis

Studmaster & professional Show Jump Rider

William grew up riding on the NZ show circuit, and for several years was in the young rider development squad. In his young rider years he had much success through to World Cup level primarily with Comfortably Numb and Capriole. He can also be credited with the development and sale of several other horses including Quiddity, Ernesto and Lord Millenium.

William spent much of a decade training and competing in Europe. He is therefore a very classical jumping rider who whilst tall, is balanced and correct. He is able to ride any horse and produce it to full the extent of its talent. He now has a proven record of producing well educated top young jumpers. We offer full services including breaking in, schooling – competition. Please contact us for more info if you have a talented young horse you want to get the best out of!