The Farmlands Horse of the Year Showing section is where horses and ponies that have qualified at A&P; Shows and Events affiliated to the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand (RAS), come together to compete for the top NZ Showing Awards.

Known as competing in 'flat' classes, these horses and ponies are shown 'In Hand' or have a rider, and are judged on their structural beauty and elegance, paces and manners, temperament and attitude. They have all gained top awards and the necessary qualifying points at RAS Shows/Events throughout New Zealand; and are a great spectacle to watch. The high standard that is shown by riders and handlers in their presentation, riding ability and ring craft, is exceptional.

Classes within the sections at Farmlands HOY 2015 are run under height, age, breed and/or suitability criteria; and the winners of those classes come together for their Supreme Award. Special features are the 'Lead Rein' and 'First Ridden' sections for young children on small ponies; 'Rising Star' sections for those horses/ponies that are new to showing, and the prestigious Gee Whizz and Wonder Memorial Equestrian Turnout classes, where all aspects of the horse/pony, equipment and rider's skills are judged as a unit.

The Showing Section is convened by the RAS, who is keenly supported by a Committee of enthusiastic and knowledgeable equestrian people who are passionate about the Showing movement. The RAS is also indebted to the many volunteers who help out at HOY time, to ensure the smooth running of this section for the owners, competitors and large public attendance who visit the 5 days of showing competitions. Adjudicating is carried out by RAS Grade 1 listed Judges, as well as International Judges; who are all honoured to be asked to judge at such a prestigious event.

The Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand warmly invites you to attend the 2015 Farmlands Horse of the Year Show in Hastings, and looks forward to your company around the Showing Arenas.



Entries accepted from 1st December 2014.Entries can be submitted online through Equestrian Entries or manually through website entry form.

Please Note: RAS Head Office will be collecting Entry and Qualification Forms from Event-Pro as they are received, with final collection being made Monday 2nd March 2015 - please ensure that no forms are  received by Event-Pro after this date, as they will not be processed. Thank you.

Showing schedule please click link.

Showing conditions please click link

Showing section qualification information please click link

Showing qualification form please click link

List of Showing Judges and their profiles please click link

Farmlands Horse of the Year 2015 General Conditions please click link.

ESNZ competitor membership form click link

Qualification certificates will be received until 5pm Thursday 5th March. After this time they will be returned and you will not be qualified for HOY. No refunds will be paid.Qualifications that have sent already are being worked through at this time. HOY office does not have any records of qualifications received.

SHOWING WORKOUTS please click links for each workout

First Ridden Pony Rider - Paced and Mannered workout

Gee Whizz and senior Rider workout

Inhand Horse workout

Inhand Pony workout

Junior Rider workout

Youth Rider and Intermediate Rider workout

Lead Rein Pony-Rider-Paced and Mannered workout

Paced and Mannered Show Pony workout

Paced and Mannered Saddle Hunters and Riding Horse workout

Paced and Mannered Park Hack and Hack workout

Park Hack-Hack-Show Pony Workout

Rising Star Park Hack and Hack-Thoroughbred and Other Breeds Show Horses workout

Rising Star Riding Horse and Saddle Hunter workout

Rising Star Saddle Hunter Pony workout

Rising Star Show Pony-NZ Bred Pony workout

Saddle Hunter Horse and Pony-Riding Horse workout

Wonder Memorial workout

Working Hunter Horse and Pony workout

We wish to thank the following photographers for their images used on this website (all images are subject to copywright rules and regulations):

  • Barbara Thomson
  • Diana Black Design
  • Kampic Photography
  • Take the Moment

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