Horse Power NEC Taupo NEC Christchurch


Thursday May 12th:

  • Horse Inspection: 8am – approximately 10.30am. 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 95cm, 105cm, 1* and the 2* B classes. Commencing at 11.00am – approximately 4.30pm,. 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 8th:  

  • Dressage for 2*A, 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 95, 105 & 1* commencing at approximately 1pm – 3.30pm: 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 9th:

  • Cross Country for 2*, 3* & 4*. The cross country commences at 9.30am – approximately 4pm. 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 95cm, 105cm & 1* at 9.30- approximately 3.30pm. 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 95cm, 105cm & 1* at approximately 4.15pm

Sunday May 10th – Final Horse Inspection & Show Jumping 

  • The final horse inspection for 2*, 3* & 4* starts at 8am – approximately 9.00am
  • The show jumping phase for 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.