Live Streaming All Go For 2016


There’s no chance of missing a beat at the 2016 Kihikihi International Horse Trial thanks to Country TV.
They’ve teamed up with JX Live to bring live streaming of three days of competition from the CIC3* and CIC2* classes.
For Vanessa Veart-Smith, Country TV general manager of sales and marketing, it’s one more key event they are rapt to be part of. Already the joint venture have live-streamed the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show, Taupo Christmas Classic, Waitemata World Cup Festival, Mystery Creek, the Springston Trophy and with plenty more to come.
The same weekend they stream Kihikihi, they also have a team in Masterton for the Glistening Waters ESNZ Series Finals Show.
“I think events like us because we can offer the whole package,” says Veart-Smith. “We can get coverage on a pop up channel for TVNZ, the live stream and also on our own channel.”
Generally, on demand streaming isn’t up until after the footage has been screened on Country TV, however, Veart-Smith says that may change slightly with Kihikihi.
“The cross country will be replayed at the riders’ party – and 20th birthday party for the event – on Saturday night.”
Around three hours across the disciplines is expected to screen on Country TV by the end of April.
Country TV is also launching an on-line subscription this year, so people can watch the channel through their computers rather than needing Sky TV.
Veart-Smith is a keen equestrian competitor and earlier in her career, did dabble in eventing. However, it was while she interviewed top Kiwi eventer Jock Paget that she realised she wasn’t cut out for it.
“He said he loved the cross country, and if he didn’t he would be off doing dressage or showjumping . . . right about then I realised I wasn’t much of an eventer.”
She’s never competed at Kihikihi but one of her horses is proving to be more suited to eventing than showjumping, so she’s not completely discounting it.
“I may do a training next year,” she said.
But there’s the small issue of nerves in the cross country start box she will also need to work through.
For those wanting to catch the Kihikihi International Horse Trial on live stream, head to countrytv.live .

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Date Added: Wednesday, 23rd March 2016


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