This year will be the first time the Nelson A&P Show will host the Royal Equestrian Event as part of the weekend’s competitions.

The Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) are affiliated with all the A&P shows around the country, and so are the New Zealand Breed Societies.

Organiser Liz Harvey says, because it is a ‘royal’ event, there will be a full range of breed classes competing.

“There will be Pintos, Shetlands, Standardbreds, Gypsy Cobs, Clydesdales, Miniatures, Welsh, Arab, Connemara Ponies and much more. We normally have around 230 classes on show during the weekend, but this year there will be 458 classes to enter.”

“We are offering free competition entry for Introductory Level ‘Show Hunter’. It is an excellent way for people to learn how to competitively jump. It is run under Equestrian Sports New Zealand rules and will be held on the first day of the Show.”

“The RAS run showing classes at New Zealand’s premier equestrian event, Horse of the Year, in Hastings. For the Nelson entries, this local event will be used as a qualifying show for the Horse of the Year.”

Aside from the class entries showcasing their skills, the public can look forward to the Presentation of Supreme Royal Event exhibit – for the overall best equine exhibit – on Sunday, at 1pm.

Liz promises an exciting weekend ahead for competitors and public alike.

“The entries are coming in thick and fast. Registration closes November 15, but ideally, we would like them in before then. We were hoping that Meghan and Harry would hang around New Zealand for a little longer, so they could attend our Royal event. That would have been great!” The Nelson A&P Show is on the weekend of November 24 and 25, from 9am to 4pm, at the Richmond Showgrounds.

Presale tickets are available from November 1. Discount cards are available for people over the age of 65 with the presentation of a Gold Card.


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