Held annually at Kihikihi (near Te Awamutu) in April, the Kihikihi International Horse Trial is one of New Zealand’s premier equestrian events.

Kihikihi International Horse Trial is where champions meet. Watch top horse and rider combinations battling it out in dressage, cross-country and show-jumping phases at one of New Zealand’s major equestrian sporting events.

The event 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 international classes.

There is a trade-stand village and food stalls on site all 3 days. Come along and watch the action!

Event Details

  • When 05 Apr – 07 Apr 2019
  • WhereKihikihi Domain, Te Awamutu
  • Ticket Information See website for info

Whats on

Friday April 5 – 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: TBC

Saturday April 6 – 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: TBC

Sunday April 7 – 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: TBC


Source: waikatonz.com