Since 1999 the region has played host to thousands of horses and riders who come from across the country to stake their claim for New Zealand’s top trophies at the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show.
After the recent two-year hiatus, the show is finally back, and it’s tough to tell who is more excited – riders, spectators, retailers or officials. The Tōmoana Showgrounds will be filled to capacity from March 7-12.
World No.1 eventer Tim Price, who last year picked up both a team and individual bronze at the World Champs, is jetting in, albeit not to compete but to be part of this iconic event that covers showjumping, eventing, dressage, para-equestrian, mounted games and everything in between.
On Free for All Friday, taking place after 3pm, families can enjoy some world-class events, late evening shopping and delicacies from an extensive food court.
There are some fantastic hospitality packages available, including a very limited VIP pass, a Saturday cross-country experience at the Waikoko Garden lake for the closest seats to the heart-stopping action eventing brings, and of course, Sunday Cup Day ringside, where the crème de la crème will be crowned across the disciplines.
Even the Aussies will be in Hastings for the event, taking on our best eventers in the biennial Oceania teams’ clash, which runs Friday through to Sunday.
The shopping alone is impressive, with 180-plus stalls offering everything from jewellery and clothing to gourmet food, all manner of horse gear, and more. The Resene Kids’ Zone is a chance for youngsters to learn all there is about owning a horse.
There’s something special happening each day of the six day event, so swing by and soak up the atmosphere of one of the nation’s iconic sporting events.
Head to the website for the latest info and all ticketing and hospitality options www.hoy.kiwi
30 January 2023
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