Featuring New Zealand's and Australia's best dressage combinations in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle competitions whose talent will leave audiences spellbound.

International Dressage

Ever wanted to see how top dressage combinations warm up for an international class? Well, EQUITANA Auckland offers just that with a chance to watch these elite horses and riders do their arena familiarisation on Friday afternoon . . . with a commentator there to explain exactly who is doing what. They are preparing, of course, for the New Zealand Open ATEED Dressage Final – in both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle.

EQUITANA Auckland has made a few changes to the more traditional way of running these two classes, with the invitational Grand Prix Freestyle being held during the Friday night EQUITANA New Zealand - Open ATEED Dressage Freestyle to music, and the Kubota Grand Prix on Sunday, to be followed by the highly-anticipated Equitak Excel Dressage Masterclass with Olympic team gold medal winning German coach Jonny Hilberath.

For more information on the Dressage Masterclass click here.

To see the full competition timetable, click here...

About Dressage

Dressage is considered the most artistic and intense form of horse training. Often described as ballet on horseback, its origins can be traced back as far as ancient Greece where the military trained their horses to perform movements intended to evade or attack the enemy whilst in battle. Horse and rider combinations are required to perform, at the walk, trot and canter, a prescribed pattern of movements that make up a dressage test. Each movement is awarded a mark between zero (not executed) and 10 (excellent). Judges look for rhythm, impulsion, calmness, obedience and submission in the horse. Movements must be fluid and effortless, and the horse must be able to move forward and sideways without any distortion of its natural rhythm and balance. The rider must not impede these movements and be relaxed and supple, he or she must become harmonious with the horse's motion.



Friday Afternoon - 1:30pm
Dressage Familiarisation

Friday Evening - 7:00pm
New Zealand Open
Invitational Grand Prix Freestyle

Sunday Morning - 9:00am
New Zealand Open
Kubota Dressage Grand Prix

Sunday Afternoon - 2:30pm
Equitak Excel Dressage Masterclass with Jonny Hilberath