Featuring some of the best Showjumping riders from Australia and New Zealand as they challenge for the EQUITANA NZ Open Title.
The very best showjumpers from both sides of the Tasman will go head to head to claim the inaugural EQUITANA New Zealand Open crown. Twelve top riders will compete in the grand final as part of the breath-taking Friday night show. Combinations will be tested by the very technical 1.6m course and face the extra challenge lights, smoke and other special effects taking showjumping entertainment to a whole new level.
International showjumping will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday of event, with the opening competition on Thursday morning the EQUITANA New Zealand Open: Welcome to EQUITANA AM5 1.4m. It’s the perfect way to start your EQUITANA, adventure – settle in for a great morning of showjumping action following by an IRT Jumping Training Clinc with renowned Showjumping coach Rod Brown in the afternoon. Friday includes Harrison Lane Jumping Training Clinic, before a night of epic EQUITANA New Zealand Open Harrison Lane Jumping Finals that will see one combination crowned champion. Saturday morning opens with the 1.45m City of Sails Classic Winning Round Showjumping.
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This exhilarating competitive sport was born in the 18th century. Back then it involved competitors taking off across country to jump obstacles, but spectators were not happy with this format as they wished to follow the riders. This lead to jumping competitions being held in arenas, and thus showjumping as we know it today was born.
In today’s format showjumping involves a skilled horse and rider combination tackling 10 to 13 ‘knockable’ obstacles. Penalties are incurred for each obstacle that falls or is refused. In some classes riders ride against the clock, incurring time penalties for not completing the course within a set time limit.
Thursday 9:00amIRT Welcome to EQUITANA AM5 1.4mFriday 9:30mTraining Feature presentedby Rod BrownFriday 7:00pmEQUITANA New Zealand - OpenHarrison Lane Jumping Grand Prix Final
Saturday 9:00amCity of Sails Classic Winning Round 1.45m
PREMIER OUTDOOR ARENA
Thursday 2:30pmTraining Feature presentedby Rod Brown