Author: Josh Mortimore

Wilson Sisters at Equidays

A father-and-son cowboy duo from the US, an Olympic equestrian coach and New Zealand’s horse-taming Wilson Sisters are just some of the attractions at this year’s premier equine event, Equidays this October.


Ammie Hardie, Equidays’ senior event manager, says preparations for the “biggest Equidays yet” are tracking smoothly, including plans to take a “slice” of the event to the South Island – in Christchurch – for the first time, which she says will allow a wider audience to see what the event offers.


“We’ve been keen to do a South Island version for a while now, so with the success of previous years behind us we felt like this was the year to do it,” says Hardie. “We’re really excited to share our world-class clinician workshops, exhibitors and entertainment with everyone heading along.”


Last year Equidays had more than 23,000 visitors through the gates at Mystery Creek, more than double the number five years before.


With the event now in its seventh year, Hardie says they’re always looking to add to what they offer.


“We get so much amazing feedback after each event, and we’ve just gone from strength to strength each year,” she says.


This year Equidays runs from 13-15 October at Mystery Creek Events Centre near Hamilton. Since its inception in 2010, Equidays has grown into a world-class event, endorsed by Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) and event ambassadors the popular Wilson Sisters.


Education is a big focus of Equidays, alongside its values Entertain, Equip and Empower.

This year there are 16 visiting clinicians and more than 40 hours of clinics per day, along with more than 200 exhibitors where visitors can purchase equine equipment.

Each year international clinicians host a variety of teaching workshops for riders and the public. Among the clinicians this year are Rob Ehrens, Olympian and coach of the current world show jumping champion, and Kyra Kyrklund, who is a six-time Olympic medalist and world champion dressage superstar.


A third night show has also been added to the line-up of entertainment.


“We’ve usually had night shows on the Friday and Saturday, but due to demand we’ve now added a Sunday night event,” says Hardie.


The night shows feature top riders racing and jumping, and performances from world-leading equine entertainers. The Wilson Sisters (Vicki, Kelly and Amanda) will host the inaugural ‘Top Talent’ competition, where selected participants impress the crowd with their horsemanship skills, and Texan father-and-son duo Craig and Cole Cameron will lead the ‘Cowboy Challenge’ – a competition for western riders. Other performers include Dan Steers – aka Double Dan – and his wife Pia in the Equitainment Extravaganza, and Kapiti Vaulting, who will perform alongside adagio dancing duo Silhouette.


Equidays South Island Edition

The South Island Equidays runs from 21-22 October at Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch. Most of the world-class clinicians appearing in Hamilton will present workshops in Christchurch, and two night shows are scheduled. A selection of exhibitors will also be on-site.


For more information on Equidays in Hamilton and Christchurch visit

Equidays was established in 2010 and is now in its seventh year. The three-day event is held annually at Mystery Creek Events Centre near Hamilton. This year a two-day event will be held at Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch.

Equidays’ values are Educate, Equip, Empower and Entertain and, as such, the event supports a vast range of disciplines across New Zealand’s equine sector. The New Zealand owned event gives visitors access to such a high calibre group of local and international equestrian personalities in one location, at one time.

Equidays is owned and developed by the NZ National Fieldays Society, a charitable organisation founded in 1968 for the purpose of advancing agriculture and bringing together town and country.


Equidays will be hitting the road to bring some of the best bits to Canterbury Agricultural Park 21 – 22 October 2017.


Equidays South Island Edition will take place the week following Equidays, complete with clinics, night shows and a number of elite equine shopping opportunities.
This is the first time organisers have taken the show elsewhere, giving South Island equestrians a taste of all things fans of the original show love.


Event Manager Ammie Hardie says the founding objective of Equidays is around education and advancing the equine industry.
“From day one we’ve been really focused on providing New Zealand’s equine industry with access to world class coaches and clinicians, and up until this point we’ve only been able to do that in the North Island.


With such a huge equine following in the South Island we’re really excited that we will be able to bring some of these world class education opportunities to our fans in the south. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help from our sponsors NRM, McMillian and Isuzu Utes” said Hardie.


While organisers have dubbed the show a “taste” of Equidays, the South Island Edition will feature five top international clinicians; Kyra Kyrkland, Rob Ehrens, Cole Cameron, Warwick Schiller and Dan Steers; Equidays ambassadors The Wilson Sisters; two night shows; 50 exhibitors and three arenas, one indoor and two outdoor.


Equestrian Sport New Zealand (ESNZ) is thrilled to have some of the best coaches in the world available to the equestrian community in the South Island, improving nationwide access to equine education.


Jan Hunt from ESNZ said this was the biggest opportunity South Island riders have had in a long time.


“Being able to learn from these world class clinicians is an amazing opportunity for riders of all stages and disciplines, it’s very exciting” said Hunt.


A limited number of Grand Prix weekend passes and Sunday masterclass tickets are on sale with general admission available from 1 August. Applications for demo riders will open on 9 August. For more information visit