WHAT’S ON at the Land Rover Horse Of The Year
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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.
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.
Horseware 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, Premier Arena
Early 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.
Saturday, 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 late Saturday afternoon and attracts thousands of spectators.
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. 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!
CDI FEI Grand Prix Special
Saturday, Premier Dressage Arena
The 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.
Friday – Sunday
The dressage kicks off the eventing competition and takes place on the Friday of the the show, followed by the exciting jumping phases over the weekend.
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 Chris Ross, including New Zealand’s top eventers. 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 Champagne Breakfast in the Continental Event Hire Premier Lounge.
On Sunday, the riders will be tested over a show jumping course to find out who will come out victorious in the Eventer of the Year.
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.
Hall of Fame Cocktail Party
Thursday, Continental Event Hire Premier 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 Tailored Cuisine, this night is not to be missed and is sure to be the occasion of the year. Who will be inducted into the Horse of the Year Hall of Fame this year?
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 Asahi Bar returns to its prominent position on the Premier Arena, and the new Wine Bar will be handily located next to the Premier Dressage Arena.