What's On

2020 WHAT’S ON at the Land Rover Horse Of The Year

ECOYA Women Of Inspiration Evening

Thursday, 7:00pm

A BRAND NEW event for 2020, and one not to be missed!

ECOYA shines the light on some wonderful women throughout various areas of their business, and so together with ECOYA, we want to shine the light on some amazing heroesboth here in New Zealand and globally.

We have invited an exciting panel of inspirational women to join us at Land Rover Horse of the Year ECOYA Women Of Inspiration evening on Thursday 12thof March to share their stories with you all.

Our panel includes

  • Catriona Williams (Founder of the CatWalk Trust)
  • Tonia Cawood (First Female Rugby Chair)
  • Katherine Corich (Founder of global business Sysdoc)
  • Jacqui Brown (Comedian)
  • Matilda Rice (Author & Host)

Hosted by Radio Broadcaster, Kerre McIvor

Join us at the ECOYA Women of Inspiration for an evening of champagne, cocktails and canapes,anamazing ECOYA gift bag,and a wonderful panel of some leading women across various industries who will share their stories, struggles and successes with you all.

Tickets $145

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.

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



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. 

Cavallino 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 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.

Premier Stakes

Saturday Morning, Premier Arena

The winner of the 1.45m 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 Stirrups Equestrian 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.

Grand Prix Freestyle

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. 


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 Fiesta

Friday, Premier Arena

The Hastings, Heart of Hawkes Bay Friday Night Fiesta 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 Fiesta is not a separately ticketed event. Your day pass allows you to watch the Fiesta. Tickets for the Friday Night “Fish n Chip” Package must be purchased separately. 


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 Fiesta from the best seats in the house, sip G.H Mumm champagne and take in the Stirrups Olympic Cup.


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. The popular Höpt Soda Bar returns to its prominent position on the  Premier Arena.