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NRM 3 Day Event - Horse Trials


Fri 13 May 2016, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 14 May 2016, 8:00am–5:00pm
Sun 15 May 2016, 8:00am–5:00pm

Where: Fiber Fresh National Equestrian Centre, 136 Rapids Road, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission per car on Saturday, Friday and Sunday are free: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: jane209

The NRM 3 Day Event is the pinnacle of New Zealand's eventing season. Riders and horses from all over New Zealand will be competing to win the National titles.

The first phase of the event is the dressage competition, which tests the horses' balance, rhythm, suppleness, and most importantly, obedience of the horse and its harmony with the rider. The challenge is to demonstrate that a supremely fit horse, capable of completing the cross country phase on time, also has the training to perform in a graceful, relaxed and precise manner.

Saturday is the exciting day - cross country time! The fences are huge, the water jumps challenging and to get over the jumps and around the course in the required time means that riders will be going as fast as they can.

Showjumping is the last phase on the Sunday, but all combinations still in the competition at this point must past a final veterinary check before being allowed to continue. This is held first thing on Sunday morning and then the showjumping starts. Horses are tired and it is quite an effort to jump around the showjumping course clear. Normally titles are decided in the showjumping arena and one rail or one time fault can mean the difference between a win and a going home with a minor placing.

There are food and trade stands at the event, so you can get your refreshments at the event.

There is a small cover charge on Saturday only. $5 per vehicle or a gold coin donation per person.