Venue and parade details
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.