What not to Miss

20 Feb

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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 first of the big events at HOY and starts at 1.30pm 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. The perennial Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) is the most successful rider of the cup, having won the class four times.

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Norwood Gold Cup. Photo by Libby Law Photography

The Friday Night Extravaganza
The extravaganza has become a tradition for Hawke’s Bay people – starring this year is the very talented extreme free rider Alycia Burton. The extravaganza starts with the CSI2* McMillans Silver Fern Stakes – the second richest class of the show with a $46,000 prize purse.

 

People’s Day
Saturday is People’s Day at HOY. It’s all about the very exciting cross country phase of the eventing competition. Get there early for the 1.30pm start to ensure you have good seats for the heart-stopping action. Horses and riders jump an international cross country track that meanders throughout the showgrounds. Included in the line-up is Rio Olympic hopeful Clarke Johnstone and his lovely Balmoral Sensation. VIP packages are available through Tickets.

The VIP area for the cross country is the spot to be. Photo by Libby Law Photography

The VIP area for the cross country is the spot to be. Photo by Libby Law Photography

The Olympic Cup
Nothing compares to the prestige of winning the Olympic Cup. It is awarded to the New Zealand Showjumper of the Year and carries with it a $116,000 prize purse. This year, as an internationally-ranked CSI2* class, it also gives valuable rider ranking points to competitors. The two round competition starts at 2pm on Sunday in the Land Rover Premier Arena.

Claudia Hay and Euro Sport Centavos en route to winning the Olympic Cup last year. Photo by Libby Law Photography

Claudia Hay and Euro Sport Centavos en route to winning the Olympic Cup last year. Photo by Libby Law Photography

Freestyle Dressage to Music
Be entranced by the beauty of dressage to music. Top-billing in the CDI3* FEI Grand Prix Freestyle are Rio Olympic hopefuls Julie Brougham aboard Vom Feinsten and John Thompson on JHT Antonello, amongst a star-studded field. The class starts at 12.30pm on Sunday.

Australian visitor Jeremy Janjic and his Friesan stallion Django of Cacharel competing at the 2015 show. Photo by Libby Law PHotography

Australian visitor Jeremy Janjic and his Friesan stallion Django of Cacharel competing at the 2015 show. Photo by Libby Law PHotography

The Social Side of HOY
Make sure you leave time to enjoy a little retail therapy, with more than 8000 square metres of shops around the main competition arenas. A new wine village, handily placed ringside to the Land Rover Premier Arena, is the perfect spot to take in the sights.

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There’s plenty of shopping to be done at HOY. Photo by Libby Law Photography

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