5 reasons you've got to be at Land Rover Horse of the Year

#1 See some of the world’s top three day eventers

We're talking dressage (that’s fancy horse footwork to fancy music - and absolutely as hard as it looks), showjumping (the horse jumps the rails in the main arena) and cross country (horse and riders jumping jumps over 6 feet high and sometimes just as wide sometimes into and out of water - not for the faint hearted with the odd spill and thrill thrown in).

New Zealand boasts two of the current world eventing champions - Tim and Jonelle Price, and they’ll be competing in Hawke’s Bay, along with a handful of other past Olympians, including four time medalist Blyth Tait.

Current Burghley winner, and Horse of the Year competitor, Tim Price

Current Burghley winner, and Horse of the Year competitor, Tim Price

#2 Indulge in shopping and hospitality - heaps of it

Land Rover Horse of the Year is Hawke’s Bay’s largest annual event, with up to 60,000 people attending over the six days. The showgrounds transforms into a small city all of its own, attracting a vast selection of over 200 retail trade sites and a salivating assortment of wine and food vendors. So you can forage, sip and shop alongside the best equestrian action in the Southern Hemisphere. That’s what makes this event an experience like no other.

#3 Entertainment galore

Whether it’s a 'Girl’s or Boy’s Night Out’ or a fun, family outing, Land Rover Horse of the Year covers all your bases. Orton’s Tailored Cuisine Fish ’n' Chips Friday (March 15) leads into the Hastings Heart of Hawke’s Bay Friday Night Extravaganza which promises to deliver a night of never-seen-before action.

#4 Fourteen Different Riding Disciplines

Eventing, Showjumping, Dressage, Show Hunter, Side Saddle (yes, some people still do it and it's amazing to watch), Mounted Games, Miniatures, Painted Ponies (okay, they’re not actually painted but they look it) and Pony Club, just to name a few!

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 #5 Make a Weekend of it in Hawke’s Bay

Land Rover Horse of the Year is a destination event in itself but, if you have time, why not spend some time exploring more of Hawke's Bay? It seems only right.

Event Dates

Tuesday 12 March | 8:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 13 March | 8:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday 14 March | 8:00am - 6:00pm

Friday 15 March | 8:00am - 10:00pm

Saturday 16 March | 8:00am - 7:00pm

Sunday 17 March | 8:00am - 5:00pm



Tickets from $20.00 per day (adults), with multi day passes available.

Purchase tickets here