Venue and pa­rade de­tails

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The Cromwell Race­course Re­serve was se­lected as the venue for the Cav­al­cade as it pro­vided the only fa­cil­ity that could ac­com­mo­date all nec­es­sary re­quire­ments. These in­cluded: con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion, some 12 large ‘pony pad­docks’, sev­eral large pad­docks ca­pa­ble of fur­ther sub­di­vi­sion for horses, accommodation ar­eas, water and sewage fa­cil­i­ties, power, PA Sys­tem, am­ple park­ing etc. The race­course re­serve is leased by Coun­cil to the Cen­tral Lakes Eques­trian Club who sub­lease por­tions of the re­serve for graz­ing. Other ‘ac­tiv­i­ties’ in­clude an all-weather horse arena, cross-coun­try course, a sad­dler, and the NZ Army who oc­cupy of­fice space. Dry­land lucerne is also pro­duced on one pad­dock of the re­serve, and the Cromwell Aero­drome is lo­cated on the east­ern and south­ern boundaries. The Cav­al­cade trails are ex­pected to as­sem­ble to­gether at the Cromwell Ceme­tery lo­cated at Ceme­tery Road. Trails com­ing from north of Cromwell will fol­low the lakeshore, un­der the Dead Mans Point Bridge, through Old Cromwell Town and hence to Ceme­tery Road. Trails from the south will travel across the Ban­nock­burn Bridge, along Ban­nock­burn Road and hence to Ceme­tery Road. From the Ceme­tery, the Cav­al­cade will pass through an or­chard across State High­way 6, and onto Ord Road. The Cav­al­cade en­ters into the race­course via a gate along Ord Road, and travel across the race track; un­der­take a ‘half cir­cuit’ to al­low whole trail to get into race track cen­tre; and mass in front of the track in an area des­ig­nated for Pony Tri­als. Af­ter wel­come speeches, the Cav­al­cade will move out of the in­ner track area. They will then pro­ceed to var­i­ous nom­i­nated hold­ing yards to be loaded on floats; or for those stay­ing overnight, will then dis­perse to var­i­ous nom­i­nated hold­ing pad­docks.

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