What not to Miss
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.
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.