Horse of the Year Invites Local Schools to Participate in New Art Competition

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Horse of the Year Invites Local Schools to Participate in New Art Competition

8th December 2016

Schools all around the Hawke’s Bay region are being invited to put down their pens and pick up their paint brushes to take part in a new initiative that aims to get local school children involved in Horse of the Year (HOY).

The ‘Horses in Hawke’s Bay’ Art Competition is open to all Hawke’s Bay primary schools for school children in years 1-6. Students will have the opportunity to be part of HOY by sharing what the event means to them and the region through the creation of their own banner.

HOY marketing manager Nigel Chenery is pleased with the uptake on the new initiative, saying that it’s the kind of competition that will grow organically year after year.

“We’re looking forward to having the schools involved at Horse of the Year. It’s such a massive event for the community and we really wanted to give local kids a taste of the show. It will be great to have their creations on display at HOY in front of thousands of riders and tens of thousands of spectators.”

Schools must register their interest for the competition by the 16th December, with banners needing to be completed early in term 1 next year. Students are encouraged to get creative with the theme ‘Horses in Hawke’s Bay’ with the only requirement being that it must include the HOY 2017 logo. There is a limit of two entries per school with banners and non-toxic paint provided to all registered entries by the 30th January 2017.

Participating schools will be invited to attend the show on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th March to see their banners on display as well as to experience all the show has to offer. The banners will be judged by a guest panel of judges, including leading riders, with the winning school to receive a unique HOY equestrian experience.

Local activation coordinator for HOY, Penny Andersen says that the plan is to have around 30 schools registered by the closing date. Andersen is looking forward to the community engagement the competition will bring. The response so far has been good with a number of schools already signed up.

Registrations for the inaugural Horses in Hawke’s Bay Art Competition close on the 16th December – you can email to find out more or to register your school.

The Horse of the Year is on from the 7th – 12th March 2017 at the Hawke’s Bay A & P Showgrounds.



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