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About Us

Farmlands Horse of the year 1st-6th March 2016

What is Farmlands Horse of the Year Show?

Farmlands Horse of the Year Show is the largest equestrian event in the Southern Hemisphere hosted annually at the Hawke's Bay A&P Showgrounds in March.

Farmlands Horse of the Year has been held in Hawke's Bay for 17 year's, growing at a phenomenal rate with The 2024 show being the 18th year.

The show is home to 17 different Equestrian Disciplines all competing for the title of Farmlands Horse of the Year within their Section. Both equestrian and non-equestrian people can come and experience the excitement of the Showjumping and Eventing competitions with the beauty of the Showing and Dressage classes, the delicacy of the Miniatures with the might of the gentle giants, the Clydesdales.

Along with the different competitions we have over 200 trade sites to satisfy all of your retail therapy needs from saddlery and farm equipment to clothing and jewellery.

We have night shows on Friday and Saturday night to entertain the crowd with tough competition and action and displays very rarely seen in such a setting. A Hall of Fame Dinner to celebrate the efforts of competitors, volunteers and long standing members of theFarmalnds  Horse of the Year Show with well known international guests.



Features of the 2015 Event

  • 2,500 combinations of Horse and Rider
  • The GJ Gardner Dressage Kur, the Premier Dressage Class
  • Hawke's Bay Today Friday Night Equestrian Extravaganza
  • The Radio Network Saturday Night Variety Night
  • Saturday Eventing Cross Country at the Hawke's Bay Showgrounds
  • JB Olympic Cup (Horse of the Year) featuring the best NZ and Australia has to offer.
  • Trade sites and shopping galore


Are you interested in being a volunteer?

A large part of Horse of the Year relies on our wonderful volunteers and we thank you for your support.

The Kaimanawa Challenge are looking for volunteers please contact Katrina on 021 615818.

We have a variety of positions that need to be filled by our volunteers. 

Winners of Farmlands Horse of the Year Competition at the Equidays

1st Maree Robinson

2nd Dane Arnott

3rd Karen Kendall

4th Chase Downham

5th Tony Beach

6th Christine Latch

The winners will be notified.

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