Visitors to Equidays at Mystery Creek and Christchurch were treated to three days of educational clinics and seminars, inspirational competitions and exhibits, and entertaining Nightshows and demonstrations.
Seventeen highly-regarded international and national clinicians were on site sharing their knowledge and expertise on topics including dressage, showjumping, horsemanship, cowboy challenge, starting and training and more.
Various competitions and features empowered participants and spectators showing the variety of discipline and skill in New Zealand’s equine industry. The line-up included; fresh off the track Thoroughbreds, freestyle dressage to music, cross country derbies and competitive showjumping, recently mustered Kaimanawas, the stunning spectacle of Showing, the reining and obstacles of the Cowboy Challenge, the skilful Canterbury Mounted Games and the talented farrier competitors.
Full results for competitions can be found on the Equidays website here.
Making the most of both event weekends were the Demo Riders and the Fiber Fresh Youth Camp participants who came from around the country. Participants benefited from a specially designed educational programme and they made the most of the experts and their hands-on teaching in one-on-one clinics.
Over 230 exhibitors were on site at Mystery Creek and 50 at Christchurch, all providing visitors with some great bargains as well as product and service information, advice and inspiration.
By night, crowds were entertained by the mesmerising Nightshows featuring some of the country’s best showjumpers and entertainers as well as well-known international acts and up-and-coming talent.
The Showjumping Spectacular Nightshows featured the Nettex Slalom, Wade Equine Coaches Horse Grand Prix, and Horse and Pony speed classes – all showcasing the thrilling sport of showjumping heightened by the atmosphere of the indoor arena.
The Equitainment Extravaganza Nightshows featured brilliant performances from well-known equine entertainers and was hosted by Australian duo the CrackUp sisters. There were liberty acts, jumping performances, whip cracking, dance and light performances, barrel racing and acrobatics with no shortage of humour, skill and entertainment throughout the night.
Back for the second year to the Nightshow lineups was the Equidays Top featuring performances from the next generation of New Zealand’s equine entertainers. The Mystery Creek edition featured an amateur category while the professional entertainers had their chance at both locations. Jessica and Alison Brunton won the amateur category with their ‘Looney Tunes’ performance, Russell Higgins and his Brumby Farm Boys won at Mystery Creek in the professional category at Mystery Creek while Kelly Wilson was victorious at Christchurch with Showtym Moonlight in a burlesque inspired liberty performance.
Equidays 2018 gave visitors to the Mystery Creek and Christchurch events a chance to make the most of the education, inspiration, and entertainment on offer; celebrating the depth of equestrian talent and skill New Zealand has.