HORSE RACING IS BACK AT THE HEIVA
It’s been a long time since horse races were part of this festive period. That is why it’s such a pleasure to see them featured again, and to be able to invite the public to these exciting, intense events in which riders and mounts become one in a string of impressive feats.
The Pirae racecourse, created on October 12, 1955 by Charles Van den Broek d’Obrenan, is the magnificent setting for the Heiva races. At the time, jockeys were barefoot and clad in a simple pareu. While some of that style has been lost to safety concerns and more adapted clothing, the enthusiasm and skill of the jockeys remains intact.
Horses from New Zealand and French Polynesia will be entering a series of colorful races.
All races are programmed as follows :
Pony driving show demo, with young drivers (12 to 16 years old)
Tahitian-born racehorses (starting gates)
Trotting race with imported New Zealand horses (auto start)
New Zealand-born racehorses (starting gates)
Amblers driving race with imported New Zealand horses (auto start)
Additional event on Saturday 14 July : Bareback in pareu race on Tahitian-born horses (flag start).