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Double Dan Horsemanship Double Dan Horsemanship CREDIT: Mystery Creek Events Centre
Josh Lyons (left) holding Equidays mascot, Casper (grey horse). Josh Lyons (left) holding Equidays mascot, Casper (grey horse). CREDIT: Mystery Creek Events Centre
Equidays pre event_Cambridge Stud Equestrian Performance Arena prior to groom. Equidays pre event_Cambridge Stud Equestrian Performance Arena prior to groom. CREDIT: Mystery Creek Events Centre

Equidays on this Friday to Sunday at Mystery Creek Events Centre

Thursday 17 November 2011, 3:42PM
By Mystery Creek Events Centre
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HAMILTON

Over 300 horses are making their way to Mystery Creek Events Centre today for the first ever Equidays this Friday to Sunday. Held 18 to 20 November, Equidays will be the ultimate showcase of the equine industry and aims to remain a staple in the equestrian calendar. With an anticipated 12,000 visitors heading to Mystery Creek this weekend, the region is set to benefit from an influx of horse enthusiasts.

Over the next three days Equidays visitors will see some of the world’s best trainers and riders in action including; Tennessee based Josh Lyons, dressage maestro Jan Ebeling, master horseman Ian Francis, equine behaviourist Dr. Andrew McLean and Olympic medallists David & Karen O’Connor. For most international clinicians, the trip to Equidays will mark their very first visit to New Zealand.

Being a horse and action based event, Mystery Creek Events Centre’s 92 hectare property required unique infrastructure; including creation of 14 demonstration areas and arenas. Well known Fieldays landmark; the Tractor Pull area, has transformed into a specialised 60m x 30m Western Arena, which will be home to Equidays NZ Cutting Horse and NZ Reining Association competitions. Mystery Creek Pavilion’s indoor ‘Cambridge Stud Equestrian Performance’ arena, measuring 70m x 40m and housing 450m3 of sand, took two weeks to develop. The impressive ring was jump tested by third time Olympic Cup winner, Katie McVean and horse Dunstan Zasjany with great results.

Equidays Fast Facts

  • 30 top clinicians & trainers
  • 250 participants & riders
  • 300 horses
  • 100 volunteers – ‘Hy Gain Helpers’
  • 500m2 arena sand
  • 700m arena fencing
  • 2.5km security fencing
  • 14 demonstration areas & arenas
  • 17 disciplines
  • 55 NZ Pony Club campers
  • 40 Mystery Creek Events Centre staff
  • 120 participants camping on site


Full line up of clinicians; David & Karen O’Connor, Jan Ebeling, Josh Lyons, Andrew McLean, Double Dan Horsemanship, Ian Francis, Jackie Chant, Peggy Cummings, Tim Featherstone, Dr. Andrew McLean, Vaughn Jefferis, Grant Mackie, Kate Southcombe, Jacque Williams, The Three Horsemen – Scott O’Malley, Ben Longwell, Dan James, Andrea Raves, Jody Hartstone, Travis Morgan, Andrew Scott, Dressage NZ, Leigh Taylor, Maxine Te Moananui, National Saddle Fitting and Thorsten Kaiser.

Equidays is developed by not for profit, National Fieldays Society, owners of Mystery Creek Events Centre. Special thanks to Equidays sponsors; University of Waikato, Cambridge Stud, Ebbett Prestige, Classic Hits, ANZ, Hy Gain Feeds, Waipa District Council, Tip Top, Equine Trader and SBI Productions and the Total Presentations Solutions Group.

Equidays will be held this Friday to Sunday, 18 to 20 November, 2011 at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton. Buy tickets online at www.equidays.co.nz or at the gate during the event. A portion of Equidays gate sales directly benefit event charity benefactors; Riding for the Disabled and SPCA Horse Welfare.