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Puhinui 3 Day Event


Fri 11 Dec 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 12 Dec 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sun 13 Dec 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Puhinui Reserve, Puhinui Peninsula, Wiri, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: jane209

The Puhinui International 3 Day Event is a pinnacle event on the New Zealand equestrian calendar, attracting the cream of Kiwi eventers.

Top New Zealand based eventers will be competing.

Close to the Auckland Airport, the Puhinui Reserve is a very easily accessible and attractive, making it a great outing for a wide range of people from those ardent eventing fans through to those keen on experiencing the thrill of eventing for the first time.

Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. Comprised of three phases, the sport tests a rider’s skill more completely than any other. There are various classes scheduled, from the challenging CCI3* to novice level.
Dressage, the first phase held on Friday 11 December, shows the horse's and rider’s ability to perform a series of prescribed intricate movements on the flat in an enclosed arena.

The second phase, the cross country, is on Saturday 12 December. The challenging jumping course involves the horse and rider galloping over natural terrain, jumping a variety of fixed obstacles along the way including the spectacular water jump in the main arena. Puhinui provides an amazing venue for this alongside the Manukau harbour.

In the final phase of show jumping held on Sunday 13 December, horse and rider jump a series of easily knocked-down fences in the main arena. The rider and horse combination accumulate penalty points in each phase based on varying factors and the combination with the lowest amount of points at the end of the 3 phases takes home top honours. It is an exciting sport attracting interest from all levels of equestrians, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars.

There is also a number of fun events held during the three days as an extra spectacle. On Saturday after the cross country a high-jump competition "with a twist" between eventers and show jumpers will be held. On Sunday there is the very popular Derby style competition where competitors jump a mix of cross country and showjumping fences. This class is open to those not competing in the eventing classes.

There will be many trade stands catering for those involved in the sport through to those wanting a good range of food and drinks.

The cost of entry is $5 per person on Saturday and Sunday, children under 13 free and everyone free on Friday.

You could spend the whole day watching the exhilarating cross country phase either from the various vantage points around the beautiful Puhinui Reserve. You may prefer a more up-market approach and relax in the Hospitality marquee, positioned to take in full view of the main arena over looking the water jump complex on Saturday or the showjumping on Sunday, while enjoying fine hospitality (morning and afternoon tea, sumptuous buffet lunch and complimentary bar facilities). This needs to be prebooked and details are on our website.

Please note that as you will be in a rural environment, suitable footwear and clothing, appropriate for the weather conditions are recommended.

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