#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.
#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!
#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.
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