Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Taking the reins in a world-class event

Taking the reins in a world-class event

• NRM Horse of the Year 2014 aims to set new records
• Sir Mark Todd to be present at the event
• $450,000 worth of prize money including the $200,000 JB Olympic Cup

The NRM New Zealand Horse of the Year Show is renowned as one of the greatest equestrian events in the world, with good reason. Not only does it showcase incredible home-grown talent, and accounts for one of the richest purses in the Southern Hemisphere, it also gives Aussies and others the opportunity to show us what they’re made of in one of the biggest annual sporting events in New Zealand.

However, the Horse of the Year is more than a fiercely contested competition, it’s also a festival that’s a true celebration of the best of New Zealand. Town and country, foodies, clothiers and jewellers all come together in Hastings from the 18th to the 23rd of March. Families from Auckland with young ponies and hundreds of floats catch up with carriage drivers from as far away as Southland and as close as the Wairarapa.

Sir Mark Todd, our most famous equestrian, is a frequent visitor and rates the Kiwi event as one of the best. “Burghley and Badminton might have a global profile, but the New Zealand Horse of the Year Show is a standout for all sorts of reasons. Hands down, the scale, commitment and the competitiveness make this event both a great one to take part in and to watch,” says Todd. “The best horses and riders are here, mixing with the most accomplished course designers – it’s fantastic. I’ll be excited to see the current World Champion, Philippe le Jeune, taking on the Kiwis.”

Organisers believe that the 2014 event will build on the successes of the last couple of decades. Kevin Hansen from the NRM Horse of the Year shows says, “This year we’ve further enhanced the courses and as a result we’re attracting some great competitors from New Zealand, Australia and far flung nations such as Belgium, China, India, the UK, Singapore, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands. Our major sponsors NRM, Land Rover and ANZ are also on board ensuring that visitors and event participants alike can enjoy a world-class event. That said, the reason why we have such a great reputation is thanks to our low-key approach and convivial atmosphere.”

Some of the key statistics for the 2014 event include:
• 2600 horses
• 1800 riders
• 28 arenas
• 400 volunteers
• 8,000 square metres of shopping

“All eyes in the equestrian world will be on the New Zealand event this year – to see how we’re shaping up down here in the build up to the Olympic Games in Rio,” says Hansen. “We welcome visitors from all over the world who share our love of horses and who want to experience one of the greatest sporting shows of the year.”

For more information and for access to participants, exhibitors or sponsors, please go to www.hoy.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Memorabilia: Te Papa Buys Peter Snell Singlet

Te Papa has purchased the singlet worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics at an auction this morning at Cordy’s auction house in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Women At The Centre

In the first chapter of her epic History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes places a version of the Māori creation story alongside that of the Pākehā colonists, setting the scene for how each society saw women. The contrast is startling. More>>

In Auckland Art Gallery: A Tour Of Duty

I had already started my journey through the exhibited collections when an audio announcement about a guided tour to embark shortly from the foyer was made, I decided to join in. Why not? More>>

Art: ‘Holiday’ Wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. More>>

‘Quasi’: Christchurch Art Gallery Reveals Rooftop Sculpture

Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in Christchurch Art Gallery's latest outdoor installation. More>>

Obituary: Last 28th Maori Battalion A Company Veteran Dies

Charlie Petera, the final surviving member of A-Company of the 28th Maori Battalion has died at his home in Ngataki, Northland last night surrounded by his whanau. He was 91 years old. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news