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

 

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Werewolf: From The Lost Continent

It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Blue Eyed & Soulful

Last year’s Muscle Shoals documentary was a reminder that on some of soul music’s most hallowed tracks, the studio band consisted of a bunch of white guys from rural Alabama... More>>

ALSO:

Final Event - Number Crunching: NZ Fifth Best Performer At Commonwealth Games

With a haul of 45 medals, New Zealand has outperformed the best predictions of the world’s number crunchers by 440% and beaten our past performance at the Commonwealth Games by 11% per cent, according to a Massey University finance lecturer. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news