CopRice & Horse of the Year 2014




The sunny Hawkes Bay in the North Island of New Zealand is the home to Australasia’s biggest equestrian event, Horse of the Year (HOY). With 2600 horses, 1800 riders, 28 arenas and 8,000 square metres of shopping, Horse of the Year is a true celebration of all things equestrian and draws competitors and spectators from around the globe.

CopRice has been involved with HOY for many years and this six day event provides CopRice with a great platform to meet with our customer’s face to face, share our knowledge and showcase our horse feed range. We spoke with many end users and some retailers of our products over the duration of the event, with the biggest numbers coming through our site on Friday and Saturday. We received very positive feedback on the performance of our products and it was great to be able to inform end users with confidence that our range is available now in every Farmlands store Nationwide. As a key supplier of Horse Feed in to the NZ market place it has proven to be essential that we have representation at this event, as it is the single biggest equine event of the year in NZ.

CopRice is a key sponsor to some of New Zealands most successful equestrian riders including the Wilson sisters. Vicki, Kelly and Amanda Wilson have used the CopRice NutriRice range of feeds for many years as their core feed to ensure the horses they compete on are healthy and can perform at the top level of competition. The Wilsons had another very successful HOY with 7 wins and 9 placings including Vicki's very special wins in the Tom Gadsby Memorial Premier Stakes and the 6-Year-Old Horse of the Year title.

CopRice Sponsored riders the Wilsons placings at HOY included:

1st, Premier Stakes Horse Grand Prix – Vicki/Showtym Cadet MVNZ

1st/2nd, 6-Year-Old Horse of the Year Title – Vicki/Equador MVNZ and Lanstar Xtreme

3rd, Speed Horse of the Year – Vicki/Ngahiwi Showtym Premier

6th, Norwood Gold Cup – Vicki/Showtym Cadet MVNZ

1st/2nd, 1.30m – Vicki/Ngahiwi Showtym Premier and Amanda/Showtym Viking

1st, 1.30m – Vicki/Showtym Cadet MVNZ

2nd, 1.40m – Vicki/Showtym Levado GNZ

1st, 1.25m – Vicki/Ngahiwi Showtym XL

3rd/5th – 1.25m Horse of the Year Championship – Vicki/Carrado and Showtym Socialite

1st, 1.25m – Vicki/Equador MVNZ

1st, 1.20m – Vicki/Equador MVNZ

2nd, 1.10m – Kelly/Ngahiwi Showtym Dancer



The Wilson sisters signed autographs for fans at the CopRice stand!



Mike and Lisa from CopRice


Take a look in our photo gallery for pictures of the Wilson sisters competing at the event.