HOY 2016 Gearing Up For A Cracker

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HOY 2016 Gearing Up For A Cracker

Entries have closed for the 2016 Farmlands Horse of the Year Show and numbers are up on last year.

Competition manager Toni O’Kane and her team had busy start to the week as they collated the 7192 entries that had flooded in.

Farmlands Horse of the Year 2015, Hastings, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Credit: KAMPIC / Sarah Alderman

Horses and riders will come from all over New Zealand to compete at the pinnacle equestrian event which runs from March 1-6 at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds.

They will be battling it out for top honours across 14 disciplines, including showjumping, eventing, dressage, show hunter, showing and more.

Back in the line-up with its own section are standardbreds, which have attracted 109 entries.

“That is very encouraging for them,” says O’Kane.

The mounted games section has attracted riders from Australia and Canada. Showjumping is the biggest discipline with more than 3000 entries.

People can still enter the show, but will have to pay extra.

“It is the first time we have done only on-line entries and it has gone very well,” said O’Kane. “We won’t be going back to the other way again!”

Competitors arm bands, car passes and camp site information will be posted out early next week.

New stabling manager Claire Ohle has been appointed and will be running a tight ship with her team.

HOY are still seeking volunteers to help with cross country day on Saturday (March 5), and anyone interested should contact O’Kane via toni@hoy.kiwi.

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