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HOY 2017 Deconstructed! Horse of the Year is over for another season and it certainly will go down in history as one of the wettest HOYs ever. While the weather provided a disappointing backdrop, the show went on to crown the big show jumping titles on Sunday with Karaka’s Lily Tootill walking away with the prestigious Olympic Cup. The crown jewel of HOY, the Olympic Cup is the...

Taranaki’s Abbie Deken had the biggest win of her career, riding off with the Dressage Horse of the Year crown at Horse of the Year on her lovely chestnut KH Ambrose. It hasn’t been an easy road for the pair, but all the hard work paid off for...

Young Karaka rider Lily Tootill couldn’t have asked for better preparation for her upcoming trip to Australia, lifting the prestigious Olympic Cup at Horse of the Year Show today with the only double clear. If the 20-year-old and her 9-year-old...

Waiuku’s Tyla Hackett and Gin emerged victorious in a very competitive Junior Rider of the Year class, which was run over a different format due to the inclement weather. Due to ground conditions yesterday, the Junior was instead contested this morning over one round and then a jump-off. Once a certain number of clears had been found, to save the ground, those who took a rail were given the...

The only double clear of the competition secured the Pony of the Year title for South Islander Steffi Whittaker and Moonlight Glow. An emotional Whittaker was clearly thrilled to win the class, thanking her granddad and nana for giving her the pony in front of a packed grandstand. “I told granddad before we left, if I don’t get it this time I’m never going to get it.” There were...

In a class of horses and riders all competitive on their day, the Advanced title was always going to be a tight scramble, and it proved to be so, in the deciding class, the Harney & Sons Musical Freestyle. With red ribbons from the Pryde’s Easifeed Prix St Georges and Inter I title tests already hanging up in his truck, victory was enticingly close for Alex Matheson and Dutch stallion...

Superstar Australian pastry chef Adriano Zumbo is incorporating local produce, apples, peaches and kiwifruit, into the dessert degustation he will host at Horse of the Year Show this afternoon. Making a flying visit to Hawke’s Bay, his first time in the region, Zumbo designed the degustation, accompanied by Harney and Sons Fine Teas, which will be delivered by Orton Tailored...

Unrelenting overnight rain ground most of the Saturday HOY action to a halt, but the dressage continued in the oval and the CDI FEI Grand Prix Special was a close fought battle. After making the trek through the slush from the warm-up to the arena the horses did look like they’d just finished a winter steeplechase, with riders to match, but the competition went on. John Thompson and JHT...

Logan Massie figured his sister’s horse Double J Beyonce would do well in the Harney & Sons Five-Year-Old of the Year title class . . . and he was right. “She’s a very competitive and quick jumper,” said the 23-year-old. To be fair, he did take over the ride on a horse who was already going well. Unfortunately younger sister Georgia is out with a broken tail bone after falling...

In the pony categories large entries and stiff competition characterised all three title classes. The Williamson name is well known in dressage circles but it was Wendi Williamson’s daughter Rebecca who was making a splash over in the showhunter ring, taking out the Category C Pony of the Year title. Wendi is currently campaigning overseas and, due to the time difference, had gone to...

Kinnordy Go Girl, ridden by two different members of the Thomas family, made it back to back wins in the Junior Showhunter of the Year class. Galley, as she is known at home, is owned by Trudi Duncan, and has been campaigned by the Thomas family from Rotorua for several years. Tristan won the title last year and this year it was sister Claudia, 15, who emerged on top. The combination had...

Auckland’s Stephie Joustra-Smith made a successful return to the ring, riding in her first show since Horse of the Year last year, the new mum rode off with the Amateur Showhunter of the Year title. Stephie and her lovely Disney have been very successful in this class over the years, coming second last year and winning the title the previous year. The win was even more remarkable as it...

Torrential rain and flooding at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds has not dampened spirits at the Horse of the Year Show in Hastings, even for those camping on the grounds. There is extensive flooding...

The excitement from the 20-strong group from the victorious Palmerston North Pony Club members is palpable. The club won the hotly-contested Horse of the Year Pony Club competition which saw 20 gain six-day passes, a camp site for them all and a VIP tour of the show. All Pony Clubs in New Zealand were invited to share a club of their members sporting the official HOY 2017 hashtag...

Safety of horses and riders is the paramount concern for eventing convenor Erika Herries and her team of volunteers, who were on standby for the eventing competition this morning. The conditions forced...

It’s hard to keep a grey pony clean in mud – let alone two, but Winton pony breeder Julieanne Baynes was still smiling ahead of the showing classes today. Julieanne, of Beechcroft riding ponies, had two grey ponies she had bred competing in the rider classes in the showing section this morning, which still went ahead, despite the weather. She and her team were camping under the trees...

It’s fitting Melissa Galloway and Windermere J’Obei notched a personal best on their way to the Level 4 Dressage Horse of the Year crown. The combination from Blenheim were in a class of their own in the musical freestyle, scoring 76.111% - a mark no one could match. “Any improvement is amazing, but this was really special,” said 24-year-old Galloway. “Our previous best was 75%....

Torrential rain overnight and plenty more in the forecast has forced the postponement  of the cross country phase of the eventing at the Horse of the Year Show in Hastings. Competition in the Land...

Helen McNaught-McFarlane may have had every confidence in the ability of her horse LT Holst Aunty Annette, but even she didn’t pick them to win the Silver Fern Stakes. The Taupo horsewoman, who is riding the horse for her teenage student Brayden Aarts, headed home a classy 14-strong field to take the win in the second richest class of the Horse of the Year Show. McNaught-McFarlane and...

Alison Addis almost didn’t get to compete at HOY . . . but a lucky break saw everything come right and today she won the prestigious Dressage Pony of the Year (level 4) aboard her beloved Whistledown Kristopha. The 17-year-old from Kaeo spent much of Wednesday in hospital on a drip. “We were breaking in a horse a year ago and I fell off and hurt my back. I saw specialists and they put...

John Thompson and JHT Antonello look on track to successfully defend their Dressage Horse of the Year crown. The Gordonton combination yesterday won the Dunstan Nutrition CDI FEI Grand Prix with a score of 69.52%, with Abbie Deken (Taranaki) and KH Ambrose second on 67.42% and Penny Castle (Ashhurst) aboard Magnus Spero third on 65.9%. All seven combinations reached the 60% threshold to...

Hillman Hunter’s HOY campaign almost came to an early end when he was kicked in his yard on the first day of the show . . . but yesterday he ruled supreme and won the Show Hunter of the Year crown. Abby Robinson couldn’t believe it. The 25-year-old administrator from Ohaupo had to scratch her six-year-old from the showjumping classes, but held out for the show hunter. “I was worried...

There were tears aplenty when 18-year-old Drew Carson won the Dunstan Nutrition Young Rider of the Year aboard Winston V Driene. It was a hard-won class, with 36 jumping the opening round, nine coming for the second and just two progressing to the jump-off. It came down to a battle of the ladies, with Lily Tootill (Karaka) aboard Ulysses NZPH and Carson jumping off for the prestigious Big...

A lovely clear showjumping round has seen Jackson Bovill and Visonnaire move into the lead in the FEI CIC3* eventing. The Matangi combination sit in the box seat on 47.3 penalty points going into the final round tomorrow (Saturday), the John Nicholson-designed cross country. “I am very happy,” said Bovill. “I just love my horse.”

Melody Matheson never doubted for a minute that Graffiti MH would win the Dunstan Nutrition Seven-Year-Old Horse of the Year crown at HOY. Twenty-nine started the class with seven coming back for the jump-off. There, just two could keep their slates clean – Fraser Tombleson (Gisborne) aboard Mea I and Matheson on Graffiti MH. Matheson was last to go and knew she and her stunning mare had...

Equestrian stalwart Pete Morris was this evening recognised for his huge contribution to the sport at the 2017 Cape Kidnappers Hall of Fame Awards Cocktail Party. The gentleman from Masterton was unable to attend the glitzy event, but his sister-in-law Allison Jamieson received the framed certificate from last year’s inductee Bill Noble on his behalf. “It is a real thrill for Pete,”...

Sarah Young and Leo Degas have the early lead in the CIC3* eventing at the end of the dressage phase. The Tokoroa combination sit on 46.9 penalty points, with Jackson Bovill (Hamilton) aboard Visionnaire in second on 47.3 and Samantha Felton (Cambridge) on Ricker Ridge Pico Boo in third on 47.6. Young was very pleased with the efforts of her 13-year-old, particularly as it is their first...

Cambridge dressage rider Alex Matheson takes nothing for granted but knows his imported stallion PSL Lingh II has all the ability in the world. The combination won the Pryde’s EasiFeed FEI Prix St Georges yesterday with 68.64% - a score that could have been a smidgen more had the horse not broken to a trot coming down the final centre line. “I was really pleased with the rest of his...

Hayley Morris landed in New Zealand with one aim in mind . . . to win the Ultra Mox Lady Rider of the Year Crown at the Horse of the Year Show. Today she and her eight-year-old European import Miss Money Penny headed off a very classy 27-strong field, making the long trip from Australia all worthwhile. The 22-year-old originally hails from Christchurch, but moved across the Tasman four year...

There’s a veritable United Nations going on in the mounted games arena . . . but that’s hardly surprising. The sport is fluid between countries, and this at HOY there are representatives from Wales, the United States, Ireland and Australia. Coaching the American team is Welshman Clive Jones, who lives with his wife Carol in England – Carol is also the team’s manager and chief...

It was only a few years ago that Emma Gaze was carefully nursing Fire Bug back to health after an almost career-ending paddock accident, but today the Ohaupo combination won the GJ Gardner Homes Pro Amateur Rider of the Year (Part of the Let’s Bale Pro Amateur Series). Six of the 28 starters came back for the jump-off where Gaze’s 46.93 second round proved untouchable. It was her...

Land Rover Premier Arena gate steward Blake Keane gave Mathew Irvine a little bit of advice as he rode into the jump-off of the AHD Ltd Six-Year-Old Horse of the Year class today, and it turns out it paid big dividends. The Takapau teen and La Perla headed home 46 other combinations to take the win in the title class, which is also part of the Mitavite Breeding Series. Irvine and La Perla...

A couple of weeks ago William Willis didn’t even think he would get his home-bred horse Dollar Roll MS to the Horse of the Year Show . . . today they won the historic Norwood Gold Cup. “I am absolutely thrilled,” said the 31-year-old from Karaka. “The horse picked up a virus after the World Cup final in January and this is his first show back.” The Norwood class attracted 32...

There are plenty of synergies between the fashion and equestrian worlds of Vittorio Barba. “It is expression,” says the FEI 3* dressage judge from the Philippines. At his Manila home, Barba rises early and as dawn breaks he is either riding his own horse or taking his first lesson. After lunch he heads to his other job designing mostly dresses for women for his own label Barba. His...

When Dylan Bibby rides into the show hunter arena at the 2017 Horse of the Year Show he is continuing a very special tradition. His mum Kelly has not only ridden at the show, but can lay claim to being part of a record-breaking combination. She was the groom for Merran Hain (Gisborne) and Tregonning when they claimed a slice of HOY history. When Hain and Tregonning won the Olympic Cup in 2003,...

Cathie Forde has been part of the Horse of the Year Show every year it has been hosted in Hawke’s Bay. Over those 19 years, the farmer from Elsthorpe has done everything from stewarding to sandwich making, judging and more. This year she is back again, this time as the show hunter announcer, the person in charge of presentations, and wingman to section coordinator Sandy Richmond. “It is...

The most prestigious equestrian event in New Zealand gets underway today.The Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds in Hastings have been turned into a small town as...

It’s a family affair at the Horse of the Year Show for the Annabells from Ararimu in South Auckland. Sisters Olivia (9) and Eden (12) are no strangers to the popular annual show. “It’s something we all look forward to,” says mum Anne. Both girls as well as trainer Amanda Barlow will ride Nanteos Autumn Gwyndaf in a variety of classes in the showing section this year. Eden’s...

It would be a brave person to pick the winner of the Virbac Equine Norwood Gold Cup today (4:15pm Land Rover Premier Arena) It’s the first of the ‘biggies’ at HOY and a class held in high regard by riders, all keen to add their name to the cup which was first awarded to Joe Yorke and Challenge in 1967. Since then it is a real who’s who of New Zealand equestrian, including Olympians,...

Dad and daughter Mark and Clara Haines are both on debut at the Horse of the Year Show . . . albeit at different ends of mounted games. Sixteen-year-old Clara is lining up in the under-17 pairs event at HOY, which also doubles as the national champs, while her 52-year-old father is in the Turangi veterans’ team. For both, it is all about fun. Mark admits he hadn’t even heard about...

A homebred horse who travelled two-and-a-half days to get the HOY took out the Wade Coaches Amateur Rider class . . . much to the delight of his rider Abby Hore. Horse and Beaumont Geldolf were the only clear round in the 29-strong title class over the Werner Deeg (GER) designed course. The class is part of the season-long Caledonian Holdings Amateur Rider Series. The 42-year-old mother of...

We caught up with some of New Zealand's top equestrian athletes for all their Tips and Tricks for a successful HOY Show. Check out their video here [video width="960" height="540"...

Join us at Horse of the Year, New Zealand’s premier equestrian event, for an afternoon of indulgent desserts and New York style tea with internationally acclaimed dessert chef Adriano...

The 2017 Horse of the Year show looks set to be one of the most competitive yet, with entries up on the 2016 event. Olympians headline the most prestigious titles of the show, the show jumping Olympic Cup, 3* Eventing, and the Dressage Grand Prix, which have grown significantly from 2016, and will make for exciting and competitive viewing. The growth in numbers has also filtered down to the...

HOY First Timers For many riders, Horse of the Year has become a real ‘bucket list’ item that sits high on a list of goals that equestrians dream of achieving. Whether it’s the speedy show jumpers or the stylish show hunters, the brave eventers or the beautiful dressage riders – everyone wants a chance to compete at the show that is the epitome of equestrian in New...

International Flavour at HOY 2017 Horse of the Year is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the southern hemisphere, and as such attracts notable names from all around the globe. 2017 will see international officials from Australia, Japan, Germany and the Philippines. Dressage is one of the biggest disciplines showcased at the show, with the likes of Julie Brougham and...

Horse of the Year Invites Local Schools to Participate in New Art Competition 8th December 2016 Schools all around the Hawke’s Bay region are being invited to put down their pens and pick up their paint brushes to take part in a new initiative that aims to get local school children involved in Horse of the Year (HOY). The ‘Horses in Hawke’s Bay’ Art...

Hawke’s Bay Locals Invited to Experience Horse of the Year with Special Residents Offer 1 December 2016 Hawke’s Bay locals are being given the opportunity to experience NZ’s premier equestrian event, the 2017 Horse of the Year, with a special resident’s only offer courtesy of local partners. The 2017 event, the largest in the southern hemisphere, is promising to...

Record-breaker Julie Brougham heads to Europe with an extra spring in her step. She and Vom Feinsten today bettered their own Australasian musical freestyle record, which they set at the 2015 HOY. While they didn’t successfully defend their overall title – which went to John Thompson and JHT Antonello – they were reserve and, Bougham says, very proud of their efforts. “Vom...

Another Title for Williamson Going into HOY, Wendi Williamson wondered whether she had pushed Don Amour MH too hard . . . but she needn’t have bothered. The classy combo won the Level 8 Horse of the Year title, successfully making the jump up from level 5 last year. “He is only eight years old so it was a pretty big jump but he just got better as the show went on,” says...

More ‘of the year’ champs from HOY. Full results can be found at www.equestrianentries.co.nz . Results – Showjumping, Saba Sam Shield: Wellington / Horowhenua (Sophie Scott, Benrose Playtime; Shanae McKay, Guthrie; Georgia Percy, Surprise Illusion) 1, Waikato (Emma Watson, Fun House; Charlotte Amos, Captain Nemo; Ally Carson, Tony...

Sweet Victory for Dolley and Chocolate Lucarne Dolley had to pinch herself to make sure her victory in the Young Dressage Rider of the Year was real. Hours after winning the crown the 17-year-old from Kumeu was still coming to terms with it. “It is just so cool,” she said. “Especially considering I haven’t even had her for a year yet.” She’s talking about...

Perfect Finish for Disco Star Dressage champ Sheena Ross and Parkridge Disco SW have plenty of titles to there credit, but no HOY ones . . . until this year. Much to her delight, the full time rider lived up to her favourite tag, winning the Level 6/7 Dressage Horse of the Year crown. They’ve been consistent through the grades, winning level 1 and 7 and nationals, and 1, 3, 5...

Fitting Send Off for Star A true gentleman of the New Zealand dressage received an honourable send-off after his final test at HOY today. KH Arvan and Molly Lumb (Taranaki) were reserve champion in the young rider title class and called back for a royal send-off. Co-owner Vanessa Way said it was a very special, but sad, day. “It was so nice that Dressage New Zealand made it...

Six short weeks ago Rio hopeful John Thompson thought he may lose his horse JHT Antonello to colic. Today, the Hamilton combo won the coveted Dressage Horse of the Year at their first HOY after a tight tussle with fellow Rio hopeful Julie Brougham (Palmerston North) aboard Vom Feinsten. The battle between mates produced some eye watering scores and entranced the crowd with some brilliant...

Gisborne bred Ngahiwi Cruise has only ever started in three Fiber Fresh Junior Rider of the Year classes . . . and he’s won two of those. Today, he and his very proud little owner Steffi Whittaker (Springston) won his second title – he was second in his only other start – and collected the Super Moth Trophy for their efforts. Land Rover Premier Arena call steward Blake Keane may have...

Helen McNaught-McFarlane made history today as the first British rider to win the Olympic Cup at the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show in Hastings, while Rio hopeful, dressage rider Julie Brougham notched another Australasian record with her musical freestyle. McNaught-McFarlane and her Polish import Carnutelabryere won the Showjumper...

Katie Laurie bagged her second title at the 2016 Farmlands Horse of the Year with the super-speedy Dunstan Carlo. The victory was even sweeter as the horse’s owner Taeo Griffioen was ringside to see his horse blitz the 37-strong field. Laurie, who has won the title twice before, said her plan was simple. “I was early on in the field, and knew there were some fast ones to come,” she...

Chloe Akers is re-writing the show hunter record books. The 26-year-old from Opiki and Kiwi Motto just bagged her fifth Show Hunter of the Year crown – the horse’s sixth. And she has no intention of giving up any time soon, but it will be the last year she appears as an Akers at the show. “I don’t think it gets any easier though because it is all or nothing,” said Akers, who...

Libby Wilson has a lot to thank her big sister for. Big sis Georgie very kindly let Libby share her pony Greenlee Moloney for HOY, and it paid off big time for the younger girl. Libby and Minty, as the pony is known by his mates, won the First Year Ridden Rider of the Year crown. But it wasn’t all plain sailing, when the combination wasn’t called out in the top six. “They called...

Alena Dorotich’s mother changed her daughter’s destiny when she stopped her jumping her pony. “The pony was so big and I was so little, and mum wouldn’t let me jump it so I started doing dressage,” says the 15-year-old from Drury. Yesterday she and Kozee won the Dressage Pony of the Year crown. “I am really happy,” said Dorotich, “and particularly with my musical...

Show jumping Dunstan Horse Feeds Seven-Year-Old Horse of the Year: Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Fiber Fresh Veroana 1, Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Casebrooke Lomond 2, Timothy Myers (Hawera) Surreal 3, Oliver Croucher (Rotorua) Delta Fasteuex 4, Katie Meredith (Ohaka) Westgrove GNZ 5, William Willis (Papakura) Dollar Roll MS 6.   Dunstan Horse Feeds Young Rider of the Year:...

Clarke Johnstone heads to Europe with a second Eventing Horse of the Year crown to his credit. He and Balmoral Sensation cruised to victory in the CIC3*, coming home to finish the three disciplines on 36.3 penalty points, adding 0.8 time faults to their dressage score. Andy Daines (Kumeu) and Spring Panorama came up to take second place on 52.3, with Abby Lawrence (Te Puke) and Pseudonym...

Ally Carson’s season just keeps on getting better. The 15-year-old from Putaruru and Tony the Pony won a hotly-contested Farmlands Pony of the Year class heading home some of the season’s smartest combinations. Last month, the classy combo also won the national pony championship title. Twenty-four started the class with 10 coming back for the second round, with just three leaving their...

Rio hopeful John Thompson has drawn first blood in the chase for the Dressage Horse of the Year crown with a super win today in the Virbac CDI FEI Grand Prix Special. Riding JHT Antonello, Thompson scored 69.896%, with Wendi Williamson (Kumeu) aboard Dejavu MH just a smidgen back in second on 69.854%. Abbie Deken (Taranaki) aboard KH Ambrose were another snip back in third place with 69.083%...

Spectators may have had their hearts in their mouths as Briar Burnett-Grant and Fiber Fresh Verona flew over the last in the Dunstan Horse Feeds Seven-Year-Old Horse of the Year but they needn’t have bothered. The 15-year-old rider from Taupo had it all in hand by that time. She was the last to go in the 24-strong class. Ahead of her, Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Casebrooke Lomond...

Aussie raider James Arkins added another Kiwi crown to his luggage last night with a win in the McMillan Silver Fern Stakes. Aboard the Kiwi bred thoroughbred/warmblood cross Rosthwaite Vigilante II he was double clear in 61.99 seconds with his compatriot Clint Beresford and Emmaville Jitterbug second in 63.77. However, Kiwi Helen McNaught-McFarlane (Taupo) and Carnutelabryere almost rained...

Keean As Rider Takes Young Rider Crown   Keean Cooper (Te Kauwhata) jumped the round of his life aboard Amarula MVNZ to head home a very strong field to take the Dunstan Horse Feeds Young Rider of the Year crown. The 16-year-old was the only one of 29 to go clear over the Werner Deeg (GER) designed course. “My goal at the beginning of the season was to just get around a...

From Near-Death to Super Star   For a horse who nearly lost his life last year, Kinnordy Ravel didn’t do too badly at the 2016 Farmlands Horse of the Year Show. The former Australian breeding stallion arrived in New Zealand in February 2015. His owner Cate Wilson had him gelded which followed by a bout of colic and major surgery . . . all of which he survived by the skin of his...

Jumper Goes Gold for Sophie   Ashanti may have turned up at the Akers Opiki home for a little jump training, but she’s left that way behind her and today was crowned Level 5 Horse of the Year. The 11-year-old, who was both national and HOY level 3 champ in 2015, this year won championship at every show she has been to at level 5. “I didn’t really pick her as such a...

Treble The Way To Go   Vanessa Way’s “magic year” is continuing. The dressage queen from Taranaki today won three titles, each on horse that already also holds the North Island and New Zealand national titles in their various levels. NSC Pronto took out the Level 2 Horse of the Year crown, NRM Andreas the Level 3 Horse of the Year and NRM KH Arion the Level...

Rio, Record and Aussies   Dressage rider Julie Brougham took a huge step towards Rio today after victory in the CDI FEI Grand Prix and notching what is believed to be a New Zealand record at the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show in Hastings. The Manawatu mum and her showy German import Vom Feinsten performed to a captivated crowd, scoring 70.745% and bagging the last of five...

BROUGHAM SETS BAR HIGH AT HOY   Dressage rider Julie Brougham took a huge step towards Rio today after victory in the CDI FEI Grand Prix and notching what is believed to be a New Zealand record at the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show in Hastings. The Manawatu mum and her showy German import Vom Feinsten performed to a captivated crowd, scoring 70.745% and bagging the last of...

Results - Wednesday & Thursday More champs have been found. Here’s the list. For full results, head to www.equestrianentries.co.nz where you will find HOY listed and then go into the live button on the right. Showjumping, Norwood Gold Cup: Olivia Robertson (Christchurch) Ngahiwi Cisco 1, Emily Hayward-Morgan (Te...

A Noble Inductee The elder statesman of New Zealand dressage was last night honoured with induction into the Horse of the Year Hall of Fame in Hastings  Bill Noble, who has won five HOY titles on three different horses, and remains the only one to have won three consecutive Dressage Horse of the Year crowns, received his award from last year’s inductee Katie...

Laurie Five Times a Lady Katie Laurie added a fifth Lady Rider of the Year crown to her cabinet today after a nail-biting jump-off at the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show in Hastings. Riding her 2014 Olympic Cup winner Dunstan Springfield, the 22-week pregnant Laurie was every bit the cool-headed professional as they jumped a third clear round to take the title. [caption...

Nothing Quiet About Rumours Newly-crowned Amanda Roy knew it was all or nothing when she rode into the jump-off of the GJ Gardner Pro Amateur Rider of the Year yesterday afternoon. She and Rumours NZPH threw everything at the Werner Deeg-designed track, took a couple of turns others didn’t and reaped the rewards. “I knew we may have the rail, and we did, but we ended up more...

Gizzie Cuzzies Rule Six-Year-Old at HOY Gisborne cousins Fraser Tombleson and Jenny Randall were the stars of the AHD Ltd Six-Year-Old Horse of the Year Championship at the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show in Hastings today. And eventual winner Tombleson had plenty of praise for his older cousin. “It was good Jenny went before me,” said the 24-year-old. “I probably...

Norwood Gold Cup Heads South Olivia Robertson has drawn first blood for the South Island, winning the Norwood Gold Cup at the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show in Hastings today. The 21-year-old full time rider steered her Gisborne bred horse Ngahiwi Cisco to a classy clear in the hotly-contested jump-off. [caption id="attachment_1294" align="alignnone" width="500"]

Results for Tuesday 1 March Here’s a quick run down on all the ‘of the year champs’ from Tuesday’s competition at HOY. For full results, head to equestrianentries.co.nz where you will find HOY listed and then go into the live button on the...

Wilson Waits it out in the Wings Vicki Wilson is sidelined at HOY – the first time she hasn’t ridden at the show since 2003, and it is certainly not by choice. The 28-year-old from Hikurangi was injured while rehearsing for the live adaptation of the very popular Keeping up with the Kaimanawas TV show, at Riding with the Stars in Hamilton. [caption id="attachment_1259"...

More Riding and Less Shoeing for Beresford Clint Beresford is making quite a debut at HOY. Today the 23-year-old and his horse Emmaville Jitterbug won the opening class in the Land Rover Premier Arena, the Prestige Equestrian 1.4m . . . and that gave him plenty to smile about. “I am pretty happy with him all right,” said the Canberra-based rider of his 10-year-old gelding....

HB Triplet Flying High Amy Wiltshire is living the dream. The 18-year-old triplet Hawke’s Bay splits her year between the UK and New Zealand, competing in mounted games. Last year she placed sixth in the individual open section at the world champs, adding to a clutch of other top-ranked placings she already had. Wiltshire was based in Leicester for eight months, before coming...

Welcome to HOY 2016 It’s the week the equestrian world has been waiting for – the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show. It’s when thousands descend on Hawke’s Bay to celebrate all that is good about their sport and find the supreme champions across the disciplines. [caption id="attachment_1239" align="alignnone" width="500"]

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...

HOY Tickets Marching Out The Door Friday, Saturday and Sunday are proving the big days for ticket-buyers heading to the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show. With just days until the show gets under...

Young Star has Input From the Bes Sarah Young has a plan . . . and so far, it’s right on track. If everything runs smoothly, she’ll achieve her dream of riding against the best in the world. The 20-year-old from Tokoroa – the youngest on the ESNZ High Performance Talent Development Squad – will do her first 3* at the 2016 Farmlands Horse of the Year Show. [caption...

Showing Off the Standardbred Standardbreds are back at HOY and they’re attracting plenty of attention. Entries have been solid for the section, and a joint sponsorship venture between the New Zealand Standardbred Association and NRM means winners and place-getters will get a little extra for their efforts. There are 14 classes in the standardbred section with some attracting 10...

Olympic Cup in Olympic Year Arkins’ Goal James Arkins has unfinished business at the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show. The 24-year-old Aussie raider is already making his presence felt on this side of the Tasman, winning both of his starts amongst some pretty smart company in Auckland and Hamilton. However, it’s the big prize he has his sights on, aboard his Kiwi bred...

Olivia’s Top Sporting Bloodlines Olivia Robertson is living proof that good genes count for a lot. The 21-year-old daughter of All Black Duncan Robertson and former eventer Jan Hunt is a bright light on the showjumping circuit. She’s one of the young guns that continue to impress. Robertson is backing up her brilliant 2014-2015 season with some very solid performances in the...

Canadian Fossils Firing for HOY There are a couple of ‘fossils’ travelling half way across the globe to be part of the 2016 Farmlands Horse of the Year Show. But don’t be fooled into feeling sorry for Canadian mounted games riders Lesley McCoy and Michelle Cruikshanks . . . these two are here for business. They have been working their own ponies through freezing...

HOY Trophies Ever wondered where those top cups and trophies awarded at HOY have come from? Some of the stories behind them are what make up New Zealand’s equestrian history. This is by no means meant to be complete nor definitive, but interesting all the same.   JUMPING   Olympic Cup The Olympic Cup was donated by...

Nothing like HOY for the Barkes HOY is a rather addictive habit for husband and wife dressage riders Peter and Debbie Barke. [caption id="attachment_1126" align="alignnone" width="500"]

International Assessor in NZ for Warmblood Classification Tour New Zealand owners of warmblood horses have the perfect opportunity to have their horses classified at HOY. In an effort to increase the quality of national breeding stock, the New Zealand Warmblood Association are holding a classification day on Sunday, March 6, to coincide with the show.

People’s Day at HOY Not To Be Missed There’s nothing like being an arm’s reach away from an eventer at full tilt. That’s just what those at People’s Day (on Saturday March 5) can expect – heart-stopping, adrenalin-bumping and just all-round inspiring stuff, just metres away from the action in the CIC2* and CIC3* classes. It’s one of the busiest days at HOY, so...

Hicks’ Hot Topic Back to Horses   The Hicks family got more than they bargained for when they headed to the 2014 Horse of the Year Show as spectators. Glen and Jo had both previously competed in showjumping, dressage and eventing – but that stopped 18 years ago when they opted to focus on their careers. Things in the Hawke’s Bay household are a whole lot different...

Young Rider Aims to Defend Title   Dressage Young Rider champ Molly Lumb is the first to say she shouldn’t have favourites . . . but then she talks about KH Arvan on whom she won the HOY title last year. “He is just one in a million . . . and my favourite, but I am not meant to have favourites!” The 17-year-old says her Young Rider title at HOY was the highlight of...

There is so much to see at the 2016 Farmlands Horse of the Year Show. This is the event everyone works towards all season long. Competitors come from all over the country, and some from Australia, to battle it out for supremacy.   Here are our picks of what NOT to miss.   The Norwood Gold Cup This historic trophy is the...

HOY 2016 Gearing Up For A Cracker Entries have closed for the 2016 Farmlands Horse of the Year Show and numbers are up on last year. Competition manager Toni O’Kane and her team had busy start to the week as they collated the 7192 entries that had flooded in. [caption id="attachment_875" align="alignnone" width="400"]