Hawke’s Bay Locals Invited to Experience Horse of the Year with Special Residents Offer

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Hawke’s Bay Locals Invited to Experience Horse of the Year with Special Residents Offer

1 December 2016

Hawke’s Bay locals are being given the opportunity to experience NZ’s premier equestrian event, the 2017 Horse of the Year, with a special resident’s only offer courtesy of local partners.

The 2017 event, the largest in the southern hemisphere, is promising to be one of the strongest shows yet, with a number of elite riders already registering their interest and some great new initiatives planned to entertain the crowds.

Olympian and current eventing title holder Clarke Johnstone is once again looking forward to the show and its atmosphere, which he said helped enormously in his preparation for the 2016 Olympics at Rio. In addition, the return of fellow Kiwi Olympian Jock Paget to New Zealand shores, the Event Horse of the Year title will surely be well contested.

Well-known celebrity sisters the Wilsons, of Keeping Up With The Kaimanawas fame, along with top show jumpers Katie Laurie and Helen McNaught-McFarlane are all looking forward to the show, with McNaught-McFarlane enjoying the ‘real family feel’ and variety that HOY offers.

Event organiser Dave Mee is enthusiastic about the breadth of talent to be showcased at HOY 2017: “To be involved with an event that has so much passion, talent and athleticism is exciting. The horses and riders that compete are amazing; they’ve worked so hard to get to HOY.”

When asked what he’s looking forward to most, he doesn’t hesitate to consider the initiatives his team are working on to involve the local community with the show: “I think anyone who attends the show will be surprised by the scale, the atmosphere and what’s on offer…there is so much going on. The Friday night show will be spectacular, and the cross country phase of the eventing on Saturday is always so thrilling. And Sunday showcases the best of the best in the show jumping and dressage – not to mention the shopping. It’s a great week and there’s something for everyone.”

Of course, the show is almost as famous for its shopping as its sport, with over 150 trade sites including an all new lifestyle area catering to the whole family. The sites span a wide range of equestrian, food, fashion, home and lifestyle and more. Economically the event contributes more than $12 million GDP, so it isn’t just stallholders who benefit but also local businesses.

Hastings and Napier residents have the opportunity to purchase 2 adult any day passes for the price of 1 until the 15th January 2017 with a special residents only offer.  To purchase tickets visit iticket.co.nz, search “Horse of the Year”, and enter the unique code RP17, under “Residents Offer”. Please note that terms and conditions apply.

The Horse of the Year show is held at the Hastings A&P Showgrounds from 7th to 12th March 2017. It will see over 1500 riders and 1800 horses compete.

For more information contact Dominque Visini media@hoy.kiwi or visit www.hoy.kiwi

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