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Riverton Easter Carnival 2011


Sat 23 Apr 2011, 11:00am–6:00pm
Mon 25 Apr 2011, 1:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Riverton Racecourse, SH 99, Riverton, Southland District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $10.00
  • Mini marquee package: $375.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Gallop South

The famous Easter Carnival is back in 2011 with a two day meeting taking place. Join the local community as the Riverton township celebrates its 175th anniversary, and the Riverton Racing Club celebrates its 125th anniversary. The weekend will be filled with fun activities, in addition to exciting top-class thoroughbred racing.

The Easter Races at Riverton are nationally recognised as one of the highlights of the racing season in the South Island. Racing action on Easter Saturday will include the 102nd running of the Listed Carriers Arms Hotel Riverton Cup with stake money for the race set at $70,000. Other feature races on Easter Saturday include the $20,000 Riverton Graziers Francolin Stakes (for fillies and mares) and the $18,000 Derby (for three and four year olds).

We have a huge range of activities planned for Easter Saturday. For the fashion enthusiasts we have a Fashion in the Field competition with some great prizes up for grabs.

To support the celebratory atmosphere, groups and individuals are being encouraged to dress in a decade from the past 175, years with some great spot prizes up for grabs. So get into your local op-shop or raid your grandparent's wardrobe to find your special outfit for the races!!

Other activities include Mr Moneybags and the Punter's Club, lots of giveaways, free entertainment for the kids (including mini Jeeps, a magician, face-painting and an Easter ccavenger hunt), plus the Birchwood Hounds will be on course.

Hospitality options for Easter Saturday include:
- Mini Marquee packages: The ever popular Mini Marquees are back again - for only $375 you receive your own private 3 x 3 mini marquee, ten admission passes, ten racebooks, a table and ten chairs as well as a bottle of wine, so get in quick.

- Private Marquee packages: For larger groups, we have a range of marquee sizes available. You can build your own package according to your needs.

Easter Monday this year falls on Anzac Day and hence the racing action will not start until 1pm. The races on Easter Monday feature the $20,000 Southern Champion Hack Handicap and the $18,000 Open Handicap Sprint.

Hospitality Packages are available on Easter Monday (25th April) if requested. Please phone 03 234 8614 if you are interested in booking hospitality on this day.