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VIP & Event Ticket Info
There are a range of VIP events for everyone to enjoy at HOY. You can enjoy the hospitality at our Hall of Fame Cocktail Party whilst you watch our next HOY superstar get inducted, or you can sit back with a glass of champagne whilst you watch the thrilling Cross Country over breakfast.
Friday Fish & Chips
Friday 16th March from 5:00pm
Get the full Friday Night Extravaganza experience with ‘Fish & Chips’ and a complimentary beverage in the Premier lounge as you catch all the action in the Hastings, Heart of Hawke’s Bay Friday Night Extravaganza. The perfect way to spend a Friday Night. Lounge opens from 5pm.
Entry to Continental Event Hire Premier Lounge
Tickets are $55 per Adult (including GA entry to the show) or $30 per person if you already have a GA ticket or rider / camping pass to the grounds. Ticket includes:
Cross Country Brunch
Saturday 17th March 8:30am – 12:00pm
Watch the exciting Cross Country phase of the eventing competition in the International Cross Country VIP Champagne brunch. Situated in the premier arena you will have front row seats to the heart stopping action as each horse as it makes its way through the challenging section of the course.
Cape Kidnappers Hall of Fame Cocktail Party
Thursday 15th March 5:30pm – 9:30pm
The Hall of Fame Cocktail Function is the most prestigious event at Horse of the Year. It is a celebration of all things equestrian and an opportunity to recognise those who have excelled or made significant contributions to the sport of equestrian. Attended by some of New Zealand’s most recognisable equestrian personalities and Horse of the Year alumni, it is a night not to be missed. This year the HOF event is a new chic cocktail function style event, with the best high-class canapes served by Orton Tailored Cusine. Come dressed to impress as the formalities kick off at 6:20pm.
Premier Friday Lunch
Friday 16th March 12:00pm - 3:00pm
The grand final of the Young Rider of the Year takes place at Friday lunchtime, and what a way to get right close up and entertain staff and clients ringside in the Continental Event Hire Premier Lounge. An Orton Tailored Cuisine buffet style lunch and beverage package will satisfy attendees who can soak up the social atmosphere of HOY. Tickets include a gate ticket to the show, so feel free to browse the shops, watch more of the action, and stay for the evening entertainment.
Entry to Continental Event Hire Premier Lounge
Ticket cost $110 or corporate tables of 10 $950+GST each
HOY Carvery Lunch
Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th March between 12:30pm - 2:00pm each day
Enjoy the finest food from Ortons Tailored Cusine whilst you watch the competition unfold around you in HOY's VIP Tent. The double sided venue allows you to watch both the Land Rover Premier arena as well as the Altech and Show Jumping Arena 3.
HOY St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Saturday 17th, March, Asahi Bar
HOY is turning green for St Patricks Day and it's not to be missed!
Live Irish band from 7:30pm in the Asahi Bar overlooking the Premier Arena.
$10 cover charge (R18)
Sunday 18 March, Continental Event Hire Premier Lounge 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Glitz and glamour will come to the fore on Sunday as the Continental Event Hire Premier lounge is extended into the arena and transformed into a gathering of the elite and best dressed.
The area will be resplendent with food, wine and champagne, offering fashion lovers a chance to experience the show.
The Cup Day is set to be an icon of the social calendar with the who’s-who of fashion and equestrian sport all coming together to enjoy the occasion. Make the most of the chance to dress up with best dressed awards on offer and watch the very best show jumpers in New Zealand contest the prestigious $80,000 Olympic Cup.
Table of five = $425 includes tickets, VIP parking, 3x beverages per person and food station catering.
General Entry to Cup Day = $20 (beverages and food additional) (This does not include entrance ticket to HOY)
Show Public Camping
Horse of the Year Show Public Camping is available to all spectators. 6 Day Camping passes are available, which includes access to the Horse of the Year show and 1 non powered camp site.
Public campers are able to access the camping facilities and amenities on site, but be quick spaces are limited.
Public Camping is available in three zones only - Red, Blue and Green. Camp sites are not allocated at time of booking, Please indicate your preference. Note, location is subject to availability.
Public campers are only entitled to camp and have access to the Hawke's Bay A & P Showgrounds for the duration of their ticket.
Public Camping tickets are limited to 100 tickets
Proof of purchase / iTICKET receipt does not entitle you to entry to the camping area or the Horse of the Year Show. An official Horse of the Year wristband and parking pass is required. These will be posted out to you prior to show commences.
Tens of thousands of people can't be wrong. The Horse of the Year Show is touted as one of the greatest equestrian celebrations on the planet by people all over the world.
It's a true celebration of all things equestrian that encompass all that is good about New Zealand and a shared love of horses.
Come and be part of one of the biggest sporting events in the Southern Hemisphere – you won't regret it for a minute!