RIDERS ARE HEADING TO AUCKLAND!

Over 200 horses and riders from all over New Zealand are converging on Auckland this weekend to compete in the prestigious Puhinui International 3 Day Event.

The event, commencing Friday 11th of December and concluding on Sunday 13th, is held at the Puhinui Reserve, next to Auckland Airport.  It is one of only two events held in New Zealand at the highest possible level of equestrian eventing.  While Olympians Sir Mark Todd, Vaughn Jefferis and Australian Stuart Tinney have all had their names engraved on the trophy in previous years, none of the field in this year’s top class have ever won the trophy before.

A SPICY MIX OF COMPETITORS AT PUHINUI INTERNATIONAL 3 DAY EVENT

Always an exciting competition, this year’s Puhinui International 3 Day Event has a little extra spice for a number of reasons.  Eventing’s superstar couple, Jonelle and Tim Price, who have had a dream eventing season in Europe, will be on hand to share their wealth of knowledge with riders and spectators alike.  They will be involved in a variety of activities, from leading walks around the cross country, talking at the Thompson Electrical Breakfast with the Stars on Saturday morning through to being in the fan zone each day ready for questions, autographs and photographs. 

WALK THE CROSS COUNTRY WITH JONELLE & TIM PRICE

Here's a great opportunity - you can walk the cross country course on Friday 5 December with Jonelle and Tim Price. 

They will be walking the Honda NZ CCI*** course at 10:30 am on Friday, and you can tag along, hear how they would ride it, ask them questions that could be helpful to your own riding, and generally be around to learn from these highly regarded riders.    

They will then be walking the Cato Packaging CCI** course at 4:30pm (at the conclusion of the Honda NZ CCI*** dressage which ever is the sooner).  Again, this is open to everyone. 

All you need to do is to meet up at the first fence at either 10:30 am or 4:30 pm (or both!)! 

ERA STATE OF ORIGIN CHALLENGE AT SATURDAY NIGHT'S RIDERS' PARTY

Forget the Silver Spurs, this year the Puhinui Riders Party is going to prove for once and for all (or at least until next year) where the best riders come from with the inaugural Event Riders Association (NZ) 'state of origin' Challenge.  

While the ERA Challenge won't actually involve riding, it comprises a series of challenges carefully designed to test mind, body and spirit - and only the true champions will succeed.  

We're looking for teams of four people (riders, grooms, supporters - anyone) from each of the Northern, Central and Southern regions who're prepared to take on the challenge.  

If you think you've got what it takes, nominate your team by contacting Tom Lane or commenting on the Event Riders Association New Zealand Facebook page.  

As well as untold glory and undisputed bragging rights, there will be prizes for the winners.