Horse Power NEC Taupō NEC Christchurch


Thursday May 11th:

  • Horse Inspection: time TBA. The First Horse Inspection, or trot up, is where the Judges for the class and a Veterinarian assess the horse’s fitness to compete in the Event. The trot up is done in hand with horse and rider immaculately turned out.  It is a great place to get a close look at the competition horses and for photographs to be taken, especially when the horse is at the trot so riders can show the athletic nature of their horse.
  • Dressage for 80cm , 95cm , 105cm Open classes. This comprises a set sequence of compulsory movements in an arena 20 metres wide and 60 metres long (40 metres at lower levels of competition). 

Friday May 12th:  

  • Dressage for 95 Champ class, 1*, 2*, 3* and 4* commencing from 8.30am – approximately 4.30pm.   At CCI4* level the test is judged by three international judges, placed at different vantage points, who are looking for balance, rhythm and suppleness and most importantly, obedience of the horse and its harmony with the rider. 
  • Cross Country for 80cm, 95 Open & 105 Open: the second phase is the challenge of the Cross Country test, where a course of natural obstacles has to be jumped – again inside an optimum time.   Being over the time, stopping at or running out the side of obstacles incurs penalties.  If a horse or rider falls in the National Championship classes, they are not allowed to continue on.

Saturday May 13th:

  • Cross Country for 95 Champ, 1*, 2*, 3* & 4*. The cross country commencement time will be advised. The main class, the CCI4*-L starts at approximately 1pm
  • A second horse inspection for 95cm, 105cm & 1* will commence at 8am
  • Show-jumping for 80cm, 95cm Open, 105cm time TBA. Show-jumping test consisting of one round of jumping with a maximum time allowed, and the objective is to jump all the fences clear inside the time. The fences are not as high as top level show-jumping but are quite substantial for horses which are not specialists at show-jumping and who have completed the gruelling cross country challenge the day before. Fences knocked down and refusals incur penalties as does exceeding the time allowed.
  • Prizegiving for 80cm, 95cm, 105cm time TBA

Sunday May 10th – Final Horse Inspection & Show Jumping 

  • The final horse inspection for 95 Champ, 1*, 2*, 3* & 4* starts at 8am – approximately 9.00am
  • The show jumping phase for 95 Champ, 1*, 2*, 3* & 4* starts at 9.45am – approximately 3.30pm 

Mounted prize giving presentations will run throughout the day.

Spectator Admission

Friday: Free

Saturday: $20.00 per vehicle or $10.00per person.

Sunday: Free

Trade stands will be at the event including food and beverage vendors. 

Directions to the NZ3DE

The NZ3DE is held at the National Equestrian Centre, 114 Rapids Road, Aratiatia in Taupo.