What's On

WHAT’S ON at the Land Rover Horse Of The Year

Please note this is 2019 What’s On – 2020 will be posted later in the year 

NEW FOR 2019

Land Rover Burghley Day presented by Höpt Soda

Saturday, Discovery Gardens

The Saturday of Land Rover Horse of the Year is going to be a massive one! Land Rover Burghley Day presented by Höpt Soda transforms the showgrounds into the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials for the Cross Country phase of the Land Rover Eventing competition.

With all things Burghley, including replica winners plaques and jumps on the course, it will be a day not to miss. The day includes a public Beefeater Gin and Höpt Soda Cocktail Bar, food trucks and a life-size photo frame.

The most exciting part is we have the 2018 Burghley Champ Tim Price, 2018 Badminton Champ Jonelle Price, and 4x Olympic Medalist Blyth Tait all competing against each other over the course.

Your Saturday GA ticket will get you in, so make sure you are there for the biggest Saturday yet!


The Norwood Gold Cup

 Wednesday,  Premier Arena

This historic trophy is the first of the big events at Land Rover Horse of the Year 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.

Ultra Mox Lady Rider of the Year

Thursday, Premier Arena

The coveted Lady Rider of the Year is a crowd favourite, featuring the best female riders of all ages riding a 1.40m course in the atmospheric Premier Arena. The winner will walk away with the prestigious title and prizes as well as a beautiful piece of jewelry thanks to Ray Burmester Jewelry. 

Buca’s Silver Fern Stakes

Friday, Premier Arena

The second biggest class of the show often acts as a warm up for the Olympic Cup, while also giving younger riders a chance at a big title. The Buca’s Silver Fern Stakes are sure to be hotly contested by a range of capable riders hoping for a big win. 

Farmlands Pony Of the Year

Saturday Afternoon, Premier Arena

Late Saturday afternoon the ponies come out in force to contest the most prestigious title in New Zealand for young riders. It’s always a very competitive class with the teenage riders and their pint-sized mounts taking daring turns at top speed.

Canterbury Equestrian Premier Stakes

Saturday Morning, Premier Arena

The winner of the 1.45m Canterbury Equestrian Premier Stakes will be awarded the Tom Gadsby Memorial Trophy and follow in the footsteps of top riders including Vicki Wilson and Philip Steiner. The class takes place Saturday morning and attracts thousands of spectators.

The Olympic Cup:

Sunday,  Premier Arena

The jewel in the Land Rover Horse of the Year crown, the Olympic Cup is the biggest prize in New Zealand show jumping and attracts the best of the best. Watch Olympians battle it out against up-and-coming young riders as horses contest a course of fences up to 1.60m in height. With a fantastic field of classy riders, this class is one to watch – see if you can predict a winner!


IRT CDI FEI Grand Prix Special

Saturday, HB Contracting Premier Dressage Arena

The IRT CDI FEI Grand Prix special is one of the highlights of the dressage competition and sees New Zealand’s top dressage competitors battle it out in the premier dressage arena. The Grand Prix special is a great class to showcase the skill of the horses and riders as they all perform the same test throughout the class.

GJ Gardner Homes Grand Prix Freestyle

Sunday, Premier Dressage Arena

The GJ Gardner Homes 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. 


Thursday – Saturday

The dressage kicks off the Land Rover Eventing competition and takes place on the Thursday of the show, followed by the exciting jumping phases.

On Friday, the riders will be tested over a show jumping course followed by the final hurdle of the cross country the next day.

The cross country phase of the eventing will run throughout the showgrounds on Saturday afternoon. Watch New Zealand’s top eventers in the 3*-S and 4*-S tackle the course designed by Chris Ross. 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 a great spot make sure to secure a ticket to the G.H. Mumm Cross Country Champagne Lunch in the Continental Event Hire Premier Lounge.

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 Hastings, Heart of Hawkes Bay Friday Night Extravaganza is an exciting evening of entertainment, featuring a variety of acts both equestrian and local. 

Enjoy watching the spectacle from the Continental Event Hire Premier Lounge with our Friday Night “Fish n Chip” Package.

*Note that the Extravaganza is not a separately ticketed event. Your day pass allows you to watch the Extravaganza. Tickets for the Friday Night “Fish n Chip” Package must be purchased separately. 

Burger King Whopper Moment Challenge

The Burger King Whopper Moment Challenge during the Friday Night Show will be edge of your seat entertainment! Gutsy competitors will be taking on the Whopper Moment Challenge, and if any rider clears 1.50m in height, then there are FREE Whoppers up for grabs to the whole grandstand! This will be one not to miss!! 


There are a range of VIP events for everyone to enjoy at the Land Rover Horse of the Year.

You can network with business leaders at the Bayleys Business Lunch, catch all the action of the Hastings Heart of Hawkes Bay Friday Night Extravaganza from the best seats in the house, sip G.H Mumm champagne and take in the Olympic Cup from up close at the Cup Day plus loads more.


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 speciality food and wine tastings as well as many other stalls. The popular Höpt Soda Bar returns to its prominent position on the  Premier Arena, and the new Wine Bar will be handily located next to the HB Contracting Premier Dressage Arena.

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