Horse lovers throughout the country are gathering in Taupo for New Zealand’s finest equine extravaganza, Equifest, kicking off tomorrow (Friday) at Taupo’s National Equestrian Centre until Sunday.
Open November 27-29, the brand new national event celebrates all things equine; combining education, competition, shopping and nightshows. The three-day festival pulls equine experts and horse lovers together from around the country, just what the industry needs after a challenging year of distance.
Developed by Core Events, the multi-discipline festival is designed to inspire, connect and power the industry. Public response has been incredible, Equifest ticket sales smashed organiser’s expectations with pre-sale tickets and Night Shows selling out in record time.
Held at world-class equine facility, National Equestrian Centre, Equifest offers much to explore. Visitors will thrive on the impressive line-up of equine stars and specialists, the marketplace of 160 exhibitors, stunning night shows, 80 educational seminars and 50 competitions and demonstrations.
Equifest 2020 embraces local. Border restrictions haven’t affected the calibre of educators at Equifest – New Zealand has some of the most experienced and well-known horsemen and horsewomen in the world. Headlined by Equifest ambassadors Vicki, Kelly and Amanda Wilson, and world-class horsemanship trainers Russell Higgins and Ben Longwell, this weekend Equifest will be home to the experts; including Jody Hartstone, Bryan McVicar, Murray Riches, Julie Malcolm, Bex Tasker and Ellie Harrison. The sold out Nightshows will provide lucky ticket holders the opportunity to see some of New Zealand's best riders in Friday's Festival of Speed and high flying acrobatic entertainment in Saturday’s Festival of Magic.
Event Owner and Director, Ammie Hardie of Core Events is excited for the gates to open tomorrow,
“I anticipated huge challenges pulling a national event together during a pandemic, but my team and I believed in Equifest so strongly, we steamed ahead. The response has been incredible, we’ve been overwhelmed by public and industry support. Equifest is proudly 3 days of non-stop equine action. I can't wait to see everyone together to celebrate everything we all love about horses.”
Equifest 2020 will be held this weekend, November 27, 28, 29 at the National Equestrian Centre in Taupo. General day admission is Adults $30, Child $20, children under 5 years are free. All tickets, including 3-Day passes can be purchased online at equifest.co.nz or at the Gate.