SPECTATOR INFORMATION

SPECTATOR INFORMATION

Event Overview


The Olympic sport of Eventing (also known as Horse Trials) is the equestrian triathlon where the three phases of dressage, cross country and show jumping are completed by the same horse/rider combination. Eventing is a discipline at which New Zealand has excelled with numerous Olympic and World Championship successes. It is also one of a handful of sports where men and women compete on equal terms and the genuine amateur can compete against a World or Olympic Champion.

The Kihikihi International Horse Trial is a major event on the New Zealand equestrian calendar. It is held every April and runs over 3 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The event includes three International classes (CIC 3-star, 2-star, and 1-star) which bring together Australasia's top eventing riders. There are also several national classes run in conjunction with the CIC classes.

Whats on


Friday April 7 - Dressage

The first test is Dressage, which comprises a set sequence of compulsory
movements in an arena 20 metres wide and 60 metres long. At CIC level, the
test is judged by three international judges who are looking for balance,
rhythm and suppleness and most importantly, obedience of the horse and its' harmony with the rider. Combinations are given a score (in penalties) for their test.

Best time to arrive: 2* starts at 8:30 and 3* starts 13:30.

Saturday April 8 - Cross Country

Day two consists of the challenge of the Cross Country course, where a course of natural obstacles has to be jumped inside the optimum time. Combinations which exceed the optimum time, stop at obstacles or fall incur penalties which are added to their dressage score.

Best time to arrive: 2* approx. 11:30 and 3* approx. 13:00.

Sunday April 9 - Show Jumping

Day three is the show-jumping phase consisting of one round of jumping with a maximum time allowed. The objective is to jump all the fences clear inside the time. The fences are not as high as top level show-jumping but are quite substantial for horses which are not specialists at show-jumping. Fences knocked down and refusals incur penalties as does exceeding the time allowed. Any penalties are added to give the final score for the competition. In eventing, the lowest score wins.

Best time to arrive: 2* 12:15 and 3* 14:30.



Spectator Admission


The Kihikihi International Horse Trial has a strong community focus. Organisers are committed to bringing a world class equestrian event to a growing audience through a policy of allowing spectator admission by only Gold Coin Donation.

Directions to the Kihikihi Domain


The Kihikihi Domain is easy to find and is well signposted from the Kihikihi township which is just a few minutes south of Te Awamutu. The main entrance to the event is from Grey Street.

Location Map of the Kihikihi Domain

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