With a Showjumping Extravaganza and a Ride ‘em Cowboy Bonanza, the Equidays Night Shows on 17 and 18 October are certain to deliver a thrilling night of family entertainment for horse lovers and the general public alike.
Equidays Nights Shows are separately ticketed events held during Equidays, 17-19 October, providing great entertainment for the whole family.
The Showjumping Extravaganza, on Friday, 17 October, will see the main pavilion of the Mystery Creek Events Centre transformed into a world-class indoor equestrian arena, with grandstand seating to ensure everyone has a great view of the show. Riders will showcase the stamina, speed, and flexibility of their horses, as well as the vital relationship between horse and rider.
The inaugural Equidays Pony Grand Prix will open the Friday Night Show, with up to 25 of New Zealand’s top jumping ponies (and their 17-year-old riders) battling for top honours around the professionally-designed course, with a fantastic cash prize up for grabs.
|Crowd at Equidays Night Show
Following the Pony Grand Prix is the Pel by Tru-Test Horse Grand Prix, where up to 25 horse-and-rider combinations will take on the challenge of approximately 15 jumps, with the aim of completing the course with no penalties.
“The challenges posed to the riders in the Grand Prix will be in the height and spread of the jumps, assessing the distances between the related obstacles, and adjusting the strides to arrive at the correct take-off point. The course also needs to be completed within the time allowed,” says Gerrit Beker, course designer.
Saturday, 18 October, sees the Ride ‘em Cowboy Bonanza take centre stage with a star-studded lineup of performances. Spectators are encouraged to bring their cowboy boots and Stetsons to join in the Western-style event. Performances on the night are many and varied, including Western wagons from VDS Carriages, a liberty horse display, and barrel racing – with two English-style riders attempting this fast-paced discipline for the first time as part of the finals.
Equine Films’ Wayne McCormack and Amelia Cook will perform to a live crowd for the first time at the Saturday Night Show. Specialists in training horses for the New Zealand film industry, Equine Films Ltd has provided cast, liberty, trick, stunt, and harness horses for films such as Underworld 3, Spartacus, and Legend of the Seeker.
| Warwick Schiller Clinician at Equidays
Saturday night will also feature world-leading reining clinician and Reserve World Champion Warwick Schiller, demonstrating his internationally-renowned reining skills – with a twist – and licensed Four-Star Parelli Instructor and Horse Development Specialist Russell Higgins executing his outstanding natural horsemanship skills. Higgins says, “My demonstration will be a bit like a strip show: I start out riding fully saddled horses, and end up riding completely saddleless and bridleless. It’s about paring everything back to show the fundamental principles and concepts of horsemanship.”
The Kapiti Vaulting team will bring a performance combining beauty, power, strength, dance, and gymnastics, showing off the talent that made them the first-ever Kiwi team to qualify for the World Equestrian Games.
Dressed in his best Western attire, New Zealand comedian and television personality Te Radar will be MCing the Equidays Saturday Night Show.
Visit www.equidays.co.nz for more information and to purchase tickets to the Equidays Night Shows. Night Shows can, and do, sell out, so purchasing tickets early is advisable. Equidays runs from 17-19 October, 2014. Doors open at 6pm for Night Shows, and shows start at 6.30pm.