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Not to be missed!!

Mark the next two Sunday afternoons down in your diary as Kelt Capital Horse of the Year TV viewing times :

TV1 will this Sunday (March 16) screen the $500,000 Bell Tea Olympic Cup from 1.30pm


Easter Sunday (March 23) a 1 1/2 hour special on the entire show from 1pm-2.35pm.

The 2008 Kelt Capital HOY Show was bigger, better and had so many highlights - even if you were at the show, make sure you see the programmes.

26th Feb 2008 - Preview of Show....
Ranked CSI 4* show – one of the highest ranking shows in the Southern Hemisphere
16 disciplines
2500 horses, riders and handlers
Thousands of support crew
350 volunteers behind the scenes making the show happen
Bell Tea Olympic Cup – replaces the Horse of the Year class – has a prize pool of $500,000. The winner receives $120,000 – 2007’s winner received $30,000 and in 2006, $4000
Top showjumping courses will be by Olympic designer Leopoldo Palacios (Venezuela)
Hatton Estate Dressage Kur – to music – has a $30,000 prize purse
Dressage is being held on a world class all weather surface – similar to that used for Olympics and 5* events
Held over five days from March 5-9
Held at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds in Hastings
Tri-Nations – NZ, Australia and South Africa
The debut of Tri-Nations dressage – NZ, Australia and South Africa
World ranked John Whitaker (England) will be riding at the show
Budget of $2.2 million
10th year in Hawke’s Bay
This event is now worth $8.8 million to the region
56th Horse of the Year Show in NZ
Endurance – 119-kilometre event out to Ocean Beach and Cape Kidnappers and finishing in the heart of Havelock North and including a team from South Africa
One of the largest sporting events in the Southern Hemisphere
70,000 spectators expected over the five days
Covers from the excitement of showjumping and eventing to the beauty and precision of dressage and show classes, the delicacy of miniatures, lovely showy Arabs and the gentle giant Clydesdales
Trade and corporate areas of growing interest, with a special double story emporium this year to host guests and VIPs
There will be 7500 square metres of marquees at the show.