What's On



The Olympic Cup:

Sunday ,  Premier Arena

The jewel in the HOY crown, the Olympic Cup is the biggest prize in New Zealand show jumping and attracts the best of the best. Olympians Maurice Beatson and Katie Laurie as well as past winners Helen McNaught and Oliver Edgecombe are just a few of the competitors who will battle it out to take top honours in this prestigious class. With a fantastic field of approximately 25 riders, this class is one to watch – see if you can predict a winner!

The Norwood Gold Cup

 Wednesday ,  Premier Arena

This historic trophy is the first of the big events at HOY  on Wednesday in the Land Rover Premier Arena. Most of those who will start in Sunday’s Olympic Cup use this as a warm-up class at the show. The perennial Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) is the most successful rider of the cup, having won the class four times.

Lady rider of the Year – Thursday 

Silver Fern Stakes –  Friday 

Pony Of the Year – Saturday 

Premier Stakes – Saturday 


Sunday, Premier Dressage Arena

The Grand Prix Freestyle is the big title for the dressage riders, crowning the Dressage Horse of the Year with all of the prestige and kudos that comes with the class. With horses performing to music chosen by their riders, the dressage musical is a beautiful display of the skill and time that it takes to get to this high level. This year 2015 winner and Rio Olympian Julie Brougham on Vom Feinstein will go head to head with the 2016 title winners John Thompson and JHT Antonello as well as several other competitive combinations.



The cross country phase of the eventing will run throughout the showgrounds on Saturday morning. Watch the competitors in the 2* and 3* tackle the course designed by John Nicholson, including New Zealand’s top eventers including Olympian Clarke Johnstone. With plenty of jumps and space to choose from, you’ll be able to see part of the course from nearly anywhere on the showgrounds. If you want to guarantee great spot secure a ticket to the new Champagne Brunch in the VIP tent.

To view a map of the Cross Country course and find a great viewing spot click here

The Hastings Heart of Hawke’s Bay Friday Night Extravaganza

 Friday–  Premier Arena

The Friday Night Extravaganza is an exciting evening of entertainment, featuring a variety of acts both equestrian and local. 

Enjoy watching the spectacle from the VIP Lounge and with our Friday Night “Fish n Chip” Package.

*Note that this the Extravaganza is not a separately ticketed event. Your day pass allows you to watch the Extravaganza.

The Cape Kidnapper’s Hall of Fame Cocktail Party

Thursday, VIP Lounge

Get dressed up for a beautiful evening welcoming the newest inductee into the prestigious Hall of Fame. With plenty of champagne and canapés by the renowned Orton Catering, this night is not to be missed and is sure to be the occasion of the year. In 2016 dressage rider and coach Bill Noble was officially inducted – who will it be this year?

The Shopping

As always, the shopping is much anticipated, with hundreds of trade sites surrounding the competition arenas showcasing their products. There are some great deals to be had and plenty for everybody, with a new al fresco lifestyle area offering specialty food and wine tastings as well as many other stalls. The popular Nations Bar returns to its prominent position on the Land Rover Premier Arena, and the new Somersby Cider Lounge will be handily located next to the Premier Dressage Arena.

For a list of all 2017 stall holders and map CLICK HERE

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