Highland Dancing

The beauty, skill and dedication of the Highland Dancers is a crowd pleaser. The Hororata Highland Games is one of the largest Highland Dancing Competitions in the South Island and dancers come from throughout New Zealand to compete.

The Highland Dancing competitions are sponsored by:

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Why should you enter this event?

  • Perform in front of a large and jovial audience
  • Experience a range of other Scottish events
  • Fun for all the family
  • Unique winners’ medals and the highly sort after Champions Trophy up for grabs

Judges 2016:

Mrs Christine Christensen (Palmerston North), Mrs Jolie Hazley (Invercargill), Gaye Reid (Hastings).

Emergency Judge – TBA

2016 Competition Details

Open: Irish Hornpipe (CWC Centre Championship): Sword Dance; Seann Triubhas; Highland Reel; Sailors Hornpipe
Under 16 yrs:
Seann Triubhas (*CWC Centre Championship); Highland Fling; Reel O’Tulloch, Sailors Hornpipe, Irish Hornpipe
Under 14 yrs: Irish Jig (*CWC Centre Championship), Sword Dance
12 & Under 14 yrs: Sailors Hornpipe; Seann Triubhas
10 & Under 12 yrs: Seann Triubhas; Sailors Hornpipe
Under 13 yrs: Highland Reel (*CWC Centre Championship)
Under 12 yrs: Seann Triubhas
9 & under 12 yrs: Highland Fling
Under 11 yrs: Irish Jig (*CWC Centre Championship)
8 & Under 10 yrs: Sword Dance; Sailors Hornpipe
Under 9 yrs: Highland Fling (*CWC Centre Championship)
Under 8 yrs: Highland Fling; Irish Jig; Sword Dance; Sailors Hornpipe
6 yrs & Under: Highland Fling; Irish Jig
Novice*: Highland Fling under 14 yrs
Restricted: Highland Fling under 14 yrs (restricted to dancers who have never won a Most Points Award)
Choreographed Events*: 12 Years & Under; Over 12 years – must comprise of no less than 6 dancers, not run under Piping & Dancing Assn Rules

Special Awards

As well as the coveted Hororata Highland Games Champion Dancer Trophy, the Hororata Highland Games will host the following championships:

  • Highland Fling under 9 yrs Canterbury West Coast Centre Championship
  • Irish Jig under 11 yrs Canterbury West Coast Centre Championship
  • Highland Reel under 13 yrs Canterbury West Coast Centre Championship
  • Irish Jig under 14 yrs Canterbury West Coast Centre Championship
  • Seann Ttriubhas under 16 yrs Canterbury West Coast Centre Championship
  • Irish Hornpipe Open Canterbury West Coast Centre Championship

The Hororata Highland Games Champion Dancer will also be awarded a gift voucher for Forsyth Scottish Dancing Shoes, conditions apply. Read more about Forsyth Scottish Dancing Shoes.

The Hororata Highland Games competitions will be run under the Rules of the Canterbury West-Coast Centre of the Piping and Dancing Association of NZ Inc with the exception of choreographed events.

Conditions of entry:

Competitors will report to the dancing board prior to the 9.00am time of commencement (subject to the number of competitors).

Competition Format and Event Number: With the exception of Choreographed Events, all competitors must produce proof of current membership when uplifting a number. Dancers compete at their own risk. Order of events will be circulated following entries closure.

All fees must accompany entries. Entries will open 1st September and close 20th October 2017. Late entries may be accepted however will incur a $10.00 administration fee.

In the event of unfavourable weather conditions the competitions will be held in the hall.

2016 Entry Fees:

  • Open events $5.50 per dance
  • All Under 16  $5.00 per dance
  • All Under 14 and Novice events $4.00 per dance
  • Choreography events: Over 12 – $20.00 / Under 12 – $15.00

Note: Music fees included


Placing Open U16 U14 U12 U10 U8
1st Place $40 $25 Medal Medal Medal Medal
2nd Place $20 $15 Medal Medal Medal Medal
3rd Place $10 $10 Medal Medal Medal Medal
4th Place Medal Medal Medal Medal Medal Medal
Grade Winner Sash Sash Sash Sash Sash Sash
Choreography Over 12 12 & Under
1st Group $50 Certificates
2nd Group $30 Certificates

Note: The number of prizes to be awarded is dependent on competitor numbers; i.e. 3rd place- 7 entries; 4th place- 10 entries. Highly Commendable and Very Highly Commendable ribbons will be awarded for each dance. Sashes and certificates will be awarded for the Canterbury West Coast Centre Championship Winners. In the event of a tie for Most Points (Grade Winner), Rule 13 will be applied and aggregate marks assessed. Most Points within classes and Most Points overall will receive a sash.


To enter complete the online entry form, one form per competitor. Please where possible make payment by internet banking (see account details on form). All competitors will be issued tickets and you will need these to enter the event. Your supporters will need to purchase their tickets either prior to the event or on the day.

Order of events will be emailed to competitors following the closing date and published on this website. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with all entry information.

Entries are now closed for 2016

Click here for Order of Events

Remember to get your discounted supporters tickets!

Your supporters can purchase tickets online  or at the Selwyn Libraries or Hororata Motors at a discounted rate.

Disclaimer: By entering this competition or event I agree to hereby grant the Hororata Highland Games or the Piping and Dancing Assn NZ the right to use my name, image, photograph or video captured performance in connection with this competition. This includes granting all rights to either bodies  to reproduce, edit, exhibit or otherwise exploit my name, image, photograph, picture or video tured performance in whole or in part, in any media  publication, associated website or materials of other associated publications.