Cadet of the Year

Run along the same lines as the NZ Young Farmer of the Year Competition the annual Cadet of the Year Competition has been designed to test the Cadets on a wide variety of skills and knowledge learnt over the course of their qualification.

The Regional stage of the competition is held in three locations throughout New Zealand; Northern, Southern and Canterbury. All Level 3 and 4 Cadets compete against each other in a bid to win a place in the Grand Final.

The Regional phase of the competition features a greater proportion of theoretical based activities. The Cadets will compete in tasks throughout the course of the day. These include a general knowledge exam, a round robin of equine related tasks and a timed driving challenge. Each phase of the competition is marked and the Cadets earn points for each task based on performance.

The winner from each Region along with the next highest scoring Cadet moves through into the Final. The final competition has been created to call on not only the contestant’s equine knowledge but to also challenge the finalists in a diverse range of practical, theoretical and technical tasks.

This is a fun-filled and challenging day for the finalists with the winner being announced each year at the Annual New Zealand Harness Racing Awards.Cadets at annual awards
Winner Elle Barron and Runner-Up Luke Whittaker being interviewed at the 2018 annual harness awards.

Past Winners

2018

Winner - Ellie Barron

Runner up - Luke Whittaker

2017

Winner - Kieran McNaught

Runner up - Mark Johnson

2016

Winner - Erin Isherwood

Runner up - John Morrison

2015

Winner - Sean Grayling

Runner up - Jack Harrington

2014

Winner - Dylan Stratford

Runner up - Jack Mackinnon