HOY by Numbers

28 Feb

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HOY by Numbers

There’s plenty that goes on at the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show . . .

  •  it pumps $12.5 million into the Hawke’s Bay economy each year.
  • 2016 is the 64thd  HOY – the 18th consecutive show in Hawke’s Bay.
  • Hawke’s Bay has actually hosted 21 HOY shows, and it will stay in the Bay for the next 11 years.
  • 1800 horses will compete over the six days of the show – that means 7200 hooves. In 1999 there were fewer than 900 horses at the show.
  • There are 1400 riders taking part in HOY.
  • There are more than 7000 entries across the disciplines.
  • On average, each rider brings 2.5 people as support crew.
  • 15 arenas of competition.
  • 14 disciplines – from showjumping to dressage, eventing to showing, mounted games to Pony Club and more.
  • It is estimated more than 50,000 people will pour through the gates over the six days.
  • There will be over 150 trade sites at HOY – in 1999 there were 16.
  • It takes an army of workers 20 days to set the grounds up for the show.
  • Around eight crates of apples will be consumed by people and horses at HOY.
  • Food stalls are expected to sell 12,000 cups of coffee.
  • 3000 metres of temporary fencing is put up at the showgrounds, along with 1300 metres of crowd control barriers and 650 metres of picket fencing.
  • More than 400 volunteers work tirelessly to bring the whole show together, coming in from all over the country.
  • The Olympic Cup has a prize purse of $116,000, with $37,000 going to the winner.
  • Katie Laurie (McVean) has won the Olympic Cup five times on five different horses. John Cottle holds the record for the most Olympic Cup wins with his six titles, won over 32 years.
  • The Silver Fern Stakes is the second richest class of the show, with $46,000 on offer, followed by the $20,000 GJ Gardner Dressage Kur – the musical freestyle.
  • More than 700 trucks from all over New Zealand turn the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds into a mini-city during the event.
  • More than 68 judges from all over the world will cast their eagle eyes over competitors and their steeds to name the best of the best.
  • 58 stewards will ensure the rings and arena all run smoothly throughout the show.
  • It takes 20 announcers to keep everyone informed over HOY.

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