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



Mesdames Siobhan Smith (Dunedin), Kimberley Mavor (Oamaru), Sandra Glover (Southland)

Emergency Adjudicator: Mrs Cushla Piesse

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Competition Details

2023 Programme

Entry Dates

  • Entries open 1st September

  • Entries close 24th October

no gate sales on the day this year.

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

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.

Reels and Island Championships shall be pre-drawn. Dancers must advice the convenor should they intend to withdraw.

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

 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 performance in whole or in part, in any media publication, associated website, or materials of other associated publications.

Permit Issued by Cushla Piesse MNZM

Open events

$5.50 per dance (CWC Championship $6.50)

All Under 16 

$5.50 per dance (CWC Championship $6.50, SI Championships $7.00)

All Under 14 and Novice events

$4.50 per dance (Championships $5.50)

*Note: Music fees included

Placing Open U16 U14 U12 U10 U8/U6
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 1st place getters will receive a  sash in addition to listed prizes.

South Island Championship placegetters 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.