Delighting visitors since 1863, the Canterbury A&P Show is three full days of livestock and equestrian madness with 3,000 animals on site competing in over 1,700 classes for the best of the best showing titles and over $100,000 in prize money. In addition to the competitive action in the showing rings, there are plenty of opportunities for Showgoers to interact with animals.

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Ballantynes Grand Parade

The Ballantynes Grand Parade is a showcase of the best of the best with prize winners across most livestock and equestrian sections parading their ribbons. The Ballantynes Grand Parade is led by the Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band and is the culmination of three days of showing.

Where:Main Arena
When: Friday 17 November 2017

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Ballantynes Clydesdales

These gentle giants will be on show in the ASB Arena competing in various classes including In Hand, Turnout & Sledge and Ridden. Showgoers are welcome to take a stroll around the Clydesdale Area were the horses are rested between competitions.

Where: Clydesdale Area, Macfarlane Avenue
When: Daily 


Hunts and Hounds

In the proud tradition of hunting with horses to hounds in New Zealand, the team from the Christchurch Hunt will complete a series of laps of the ASB Arena Arena in livery with their trusty hounds leading the chase.

Where:Main Arena
When: Thursday 16 November 2017


In Hand Horse & Pony Parade

The Canterbury A&P Show hosts one of the country's largest equestrian programmes. Don't miss a parade of winning entries from the In Hand Horse & Pony classes at the Canterbury A&P Show. In Hand classes show off the horse which is led around the ring for judging.

Where: Main Arena
When: Wednesday 15 November 2017

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Livestock Parade

A parade of prize winning livestock including Cattle, Llamas, Alpacas, and Goats led by the St Andrews College Pipe Band.

Where: Main Arena
When: Thursday 16 November 2017


Mike Greer Homes City Farmyard

The Mike Greer Homes City Farmyard is a children's petting area with a difference. Including a variety of educational components, the farmyard gives children of all ages the opportunity to get up close and personal with lambs, calves, puppies, ducklings, chickens and plenty more.

Where: Located in the Livestock Pavilion, entry off Dean's Avenue
When: Daily

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Rare Breeds Display

The Rare Breeds Association will have a display of curious creatures with some special attractions including Nadudana Zebu Cattle, Mammoth Donkeys, Guanacos 'South American Horse', Enderby Island Rabbits as well as various rare breeds of goats and sheep.

Where: Cnr Grigg Avenue & Abbott Street (near the River Turnstiles)
When: Daily


Shearing Demonstrations and Children's Shearing

With the competitive action in the Shearing Pavilion kicking off on Thursday, Wednesday is all about the kids! Professional shearers will participate in demonstrations and give children the opportunity to have a go, albeit with stuffed toy sheep.

Where: Shearing Pavilion, entry off Deans Avenue
When: Wednesday 15 November 2017


Sheep Maternity Ward

With 50 pregnant ewes ready to give birth over the three days of the Show, Showgoers are in for a special treat as they witness these tiny baby lambs taking their first steps - a hit with young and old alike. With a farmer and vet on site, the new mums are well looked after, and moved shortly after birthing to a resting paddock away from the public eye.

Where: Northcote Drive, far end of Livestock Pavilion
When: Daily


Shetland Grand National

A highlight of the racing calendar, this long standing event sees eight ponies and jockeys taking to the field, steeplechase style. The event has built a strong following in Canterbury and has grown to be one of the main attractions at the Canterbury A&P Show.

Where:Main Arena
When: Friday 17 November 2017


Vero Supreme Champion Animal of Show

The Vero Supreme Champion Animal of Show recognises the best of the best with Supreme Champion entrants from Horse, Sheep, Cattle, Alpaca, Llama, Pig, Goat, Donkey and Poultry battling it out for the top title.

Where:Main Arena
When: Friday 17 November 2017

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