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Horse Of The Year

Think for a moment about everything that comes together to make the 2011 NZ Horse of the Year Show happen.... The 59th Horse of the Year Show, and the 13th consecutive show in Hawke's Bay, Hawke's Bay has actually played host to 18 Horse of the Year Shows.

  • 18 disciplines – from showjumping to dressage, pony club to mounted games, show hunters to Clydesdales and more than 28 arenas.
  • The Bell Tea Olympic Cup for NZ Showjumper of the Year is a qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games.
  • The winner of the Olympic Cup pockets $40,000.
  • World class designer Leopoldo Palacios (Venezuela) is designing the top showjumping courses.
  • More than 400 volunteers.
  • Australia are sending a top team to take on New Zealand's best in a test.
  • Eight enormous crates of apples.
  • 70 portable toilets.
  • 172 trade stands.
  • 7000 square metres of trade.
  • 2600 horse and rider combinations.
  • Thousands of support crew.
  • More than 700 trucks from all over the country to get all the horses and ponies to the show.
  • More than 70,000 people through the gates over the six days.
  • It costs $2.1 million to put on the show.
  • Prize money for the show is $530,000, including a $200,000 prize purse for the Olympic Cup, $50,000 for the Silver Fern Stakes and $20,000 for the GJ Gardner Homes dressage grand prix kur.
  • The show is worth $11.52 million to Hawke's Bay.
  • 8000 square metres of marquees.
  • More than 100 judges, including one from Ireland.