Highland Dancing

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:


Adjudicators 2021:

Mrs Karen Mortensen(Havelock North), Miss Jamie-Lee Tuuta (Christchurch), Mrs Shelley Easton(Palmerston Nth),

Emergency Adjudicator: Mrs Cushla Piesse

2021 Competition Details

Open: Reel O’Tulloch (Centre Championship), Sword Dance (South Island Championship),  Irish Jig (Double Time) (South Island Championship), Irish Hornpipe
Under 16 yrs:
Highland Fling, Sword Dance (Centre Championship), Highland Reel, Irish Reel (Centre Championship)
12 & Under 14 yrs: Sailors Hornpipe, Sword Dance
Under 14 yrs: Highland Fling (Centre Championship), Irish Hornpipe
Under 12 yrs: Sailors Hornpipe (Centre Championship)
10 & under 12 yrs: Highland Fling, Irish Jig, Sword Dance
Under 10 yrs: Irish Jig (Centre Championship), Sailors Hornpipe
8 & under 10 yrs: Sword Dance, Highland Fling
Under 8 yrs: Highland Fling, Irish Jig, Sword Dance
6 yrs & Under: Highland Fling, Irish Jig
Novice*: Highland Fling under 14 yrs
Restricted: Highland Fling under 14 yrs 6 steps (restricted to dancers who have never won a Most Points Award)


The Hororata Highland Games competitions will be run under the Rules of the Piping and Dancing Association of NZ Inc.


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: 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.

No late entries will be accepted.

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

2021 Entry Fees:

  • Open events $5.00 per dance (CWC Championship $5.50, SI Championships $6.00)
  • All Under 16  $5.00 per dance (CWC Championship $5.50, SI Championships $6.00)
  • All Under 14 and Novice events $4.00 per dance (Championships $4.50)

Note: Music fees included


Placing Open U16 U14 U12 U10 U8
1st Place $35 $35 Medal Medal Medal Medal
2nd Place $20 $20 Medal Medal Medal Medal
3rd Place $10 $10 Medal Medal Medal Medal
4th/6th Place Medal Medal Medal Medal Medal Medal
Grade Winner Sash Sash Sash Sash Sash Sash

Note: The number of prizes to be awarded is dependent on competitor numbers; i.e. 3rd place- 7 entries; 4th place- 10 entries, 5th place – 20 entries; 6th place – 30 entries. Highly Commendable and Very Highly Commendable ribbons will be awarded for each dance.

Centre Championship first place getters will receive a certificate and sash in addition to listed prizes.

South Island Championship placegetters,  1st will receive a certificate and 1st – 3rd a sash in addition to the listed prizes.

In the event of insufficient entries for a championship, entries will be accepted on the competition day for the event concerned at the original fee from dancers already entered.

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.

Most points within Classes only shall be carried forward to Most Points overall.


Event Canceled

The Hororata Community Trust has made the difficult decision to cancel the 11th Hororata Highland Games planned for the 6th of November 2021. The Hororata Highland Games is a significant outdoor event attracting around 10,000 people annually, and can only operate in alert level 1. Any competitors who have paid will be automatically refunded to the credit card they paid with. This could take 7 working days to show in your account.

All competitors will be issued a competitor pass and will need these to enter the event, regardless of age.


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.