What's On




The Olympic Cup:

2:15pm Sunday 12 March, Land Rover 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

4:45pm, Wednesday 8th March, Land Rover Premier Arena

This historic trophy is the first of the big events at HOY and starts at 4:45pm 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 – 5:30pm Thursday 9th March

Silver Fern Stakes – 4pm Friday 10th March

Pony Of the Year – 3:00pm Saturday 11th March

Premier Stakes – 6pm Saturday 11th March


 1.30pm Sunday 12th March, 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.


9:30am Saturday 11th March

The cross country phase of the eventing will run throughout the showgrounds at 9.30am 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 Woodford House Cross Country 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

7.00pm Friday 10th March – Land Rover Premier Arena

The Friday Night Extravaganza is an exciting evening of entertainment, featuring a variety of acts both equestrian and local. The night will kick off with a welcome from Henare O’Keefe, followed by the Equissage Slalom Sweepstake that was such a hit with the crowds in 2016. Later, mounted games will put on a thrilling and speedy display followed by ponies and their pint-sized riders taking on big jumps in the Pony Six Bar.

Enjoy watching the spectacle from the VIP Lounge and with our Fiday Night “Fish n Chip” Package. To purchase tickets CLICK HERE

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

Harney & Sons Dessert Degustation with Adriano Zumbo presented by Orton Tailored Cuisine

4:30pm Saturday 11 March, VIP Lounge

Join us for an afternoon of indulgent desserts and new york style tea with internationally acclaimed dessert chef Adriano Zumbo. The celebrated patissier and star of Zumbo’s Just Desserts, has designed a 5 course dessert degustation menu showcasing his unique flavour combinations, exciting textures and signature bold colours which will be created by Orton Tailored Cuisine and accompanied by Harney and Sons Fine Teas and champagne. 

Zumbo will be present to share some of his secrets behind his award winning creations.

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE

Ticket includes:

  • Access to VIP Lounge
  • $79 per person (does not include GA entry to the show) or $105 per person for both GA ticket to showgrounds and Harney & Sons Dessert Degustation ticket.
  • 5 course canape dessert degustation created by Adriano Zumbo and prepared by Orton Tailored Cuisine.
  • All-inclusive beverage package including 1 glass of champagne, tea and coffee
  • VIP parking

The Cape Kidnapper’s Hall of Fame Cocktail Party

6pm, Thursday 9th March, 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?

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE

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.

This year the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market will also be on site on Tuesday evening in the Land Rover Premier Arena.

For a list of all stall holders and map CLICK HERE

Horse of the Year – General Conditions

We can’t wait to see you at HOY 2017! We have lots of fun and exciting additions planned that we think you will enjoy. But before you get too swept up in the excitement of coming to HOY give our general conditions a read.