Horse racing, the highlight of our Heiva of yesteryear

In 2018, the Association for horse riding and breeding promotion in French Polynesia (AHEE), which was set up in 1913, was up and running again and reconnected with a historical past where horse races were one of the main events of the Heiva festivities of yesteryear. These warm and intense meetings do not belie history and bring their share of emotions where riders and horses are one, striding on a green track, trying to outrun their competitors, both running towards the victory.

The Pirae race track was created in 12 October 1955 by Charles Van den Broek d’Obrenan. The races take place in this magnificent rustic setting. At that time, the Polynesian ‘aito would ride bareback, wearing pareu, with bare feet and flower crowns. While we may have lost a bit of such cachet today because of security requirements, the enthusiasm and virtuosity of the Polynesians are still there for these one-of-a-kind colourful races.

Horses from New Zealand and from Polynesia will compete. This is a moment to share with the family and be amazed by the power of the horses and the merry waltz of multicoloured jerseys.

Racing days from 21 June, 12 July and 2 August:

 

Saddle gallop race with horses born in Tahiti, start in starting gates.

Harness trotting race with horses imported from New Zealand, start with auto-start.

Saddle gallop race with horses imported from New Zealand, start in starting gates.

Harness amble race with horses imported from New Zealand, start with auto-start.

 

And the famous Pareu race: Gallop race without saddle, with horses born in Polynesia riders wearing pareu and flower crowns, start flag.

 

HORSE RACES

Sundays 21 June, 12 July and 02 August

Pirae racetrack

  • From 1 PM to 7:30 PM, free admission
  • Pony rides for kids – Horseracing bets and snack restaurant and bar for the parents
  • For further information: +689 87 77 01 67 / [email protected] / www.ahee.pf / heiva.org

 

Mask must be worn, subject to change depending on the health situation.