International Educators

EQUITANA Auckland is bringing top educators from New Zealand, Australia and beyond who will be giving lectures on everything from how to start a young horse, to correct feeding practice, training, competition, saddle fitting, feed and pasture management, psychology and more. In a nutshell, it will be the A to Z in making your partnership with your horse the very best.

Site 123 Harrison Lane Pavilion
Site 123 Harrison Lane Pavilion

The Educator Hub is located at site 123 in the Harrison Lane Pavilion, Hall 1. The space provides the opportunity for Educators to promote their brand at EQUITANA and to discuss their Education Session topics with interested people.

Site 123 Harrison Lane Pavilion
Education Session Times
Site 123 Harrison Lane Pavilion, Hall 1, Thursday

1.30pm to 4.30pm Visit Amanda Edwards of The Equine Care Clinic, www.equinecareclinic.com

Site 123 Harrison Lane Pavilion, Hall 1, Friday

9.30am to 12.30pm Visit Amanda Edwards of The Equine Care Clinic, www.equinecareclinic.com

1.30pm to 4.30pm Visit Tanja Mitton of Equestrian Success Mindset, www.tanjamitton.com

Site 123 Harrison Lane Pavilion, Hall 1, Saturday

9.30am to 4.30pm Visit Jason Hill of EquestriFit, www.equestrifit.co.nz

Site 123 Harrison Lane Pavilion, Hall 1, Sunday

9.30am to 12.30pm Visit Vera Payne of RITM Australia, www.equinescenar.com.au

1.30pm to 4.30pm Visit Tanja Mitton of Equestrian Success Mindset, www.tanjamitton.com

Dr. Sara Bagheri
Dr. Sara Bagheri

Sara graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2006 and spent several years in mixed and equine practice, moving to New Zealand in 2009. She has since completed postgraduate training in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Veterinary Chiropractic (certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association) and launched her integrated veterinary service in New Zealand in 2016. 2016 also saw the introduction of Equi-Tape kinesiology taping to the practice - a modality that has generated much interest due to its visual nature and success in treatment of a multitude of conditions.

Sara's veterinary passions are animal wellness and welfare, healthy performance, education of riders, owners, trainers and integration of animal health care professionals. She is a keen horsewoman and runs an Irish Draught stud in her spare time, particularly enjoying foal education and producing her horses in a healthy and happy environment.

Dr. Sara Bagheri
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Veterinary Chiropractic & Performance
Summit Rubber Arena, 10.45 - 11.30 am Friday

Prevention is better than cure-chiropractic and physical therapies are becoming increasingly popular and have been used for the last 30 years to improve physical well-being and sports performance of equine athletes. Regular examinations and treatments can help to maintain and improve performance and also to prevent injury, and can be integrated into routine veterinary checks and care. This talk will discuss the science behind chiropractic and why it works, how it can be integrated into the regular care for equine athletes and the benefits of doing so, which modalities complement these techniques and how injury can be prevented and longevity of performance can be improved using an approach that considers biomechanics and the body as a whole.

Train Harder / Recover Quicker
Summit Rubber Arena, 9.45 - 10.30 am Sunday

Kinesiology taping in horses is a relatively new physical therapy, with equine specific tapes available only for 10-15 years. There are multiple clinical applications of tape, ranging from improving circulation, fascia release and muscle assist or relaxation. The theory behind K-taping, how it works, an approach to taping, and simple techniques to apply and use at home will be discussed and demonstrated in this talk.

Larissa Bilston
Larissa Bilston

Larissa Bilston (B.AgrSc) is an owner and works as the Nutritionist for Farmalogic, where she developed one of Australia’s favourite brands, Equine Vit&Min. She has worked as an animal nutritionist helping feed mills, trainers, riders and owners to provide horses with cost-effective, scientifically balanced rations designed to cater for individual requirements.

Larissa Bilston
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
The importance of vitamins & minerals
Summit Rubber Arena, 11.00am - 11.45am Thursday
The importance of vitamins & minerals
Summit Rubber Arena, 3.15pm - 4.00pm Friday
Lindsay Cook
Lindsay Cook

Lindsay Cook is an experienced and qualified Equestrian Sports Performance coach, specialising in supporting riders and their coaches at all levels to achieve their dreams and ambitions. Lindsay empowers riders to have the edge and cope under pressure or in difficult circumstances by giving positive suggestions directly to the subconscious mind using Hypnotherapy.

The primary and most important point of difference between Lindsay’s work and traditional sport psychology methods is in the use of Hypnosis. An accomplished rider, instructor and judge she has more than 35 years’ experience in the equestrian industry throughout New Zealand, Australia, UK and Europe. Riding from the age of 8 Lindsay was hooked, with horses and riding being her lifelong passion ever since. After leaving school Lindsay travelled to the UK and completed her BHSAI. In England Lindsay developed a love for Irish Sport horses and she was among the first people to breed them in New Zealand.

Lindsay trained with the New Zealand School of Hypnotic Science – and graduated in 1994 with a Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy. She is a Professional Member of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists as well as a Full Member of the New Zealand Society of Clinical and Applied Hypnotherapy, and a Member of the Natural Health Council. It didn’t take long before Lindsay was able to combine her work with her passion and credits Jody Hartstone for initiating this by asking her to help one of her pupils at the very last minute when competing at a Dressage Championship event in Taupo. The resulting positive change in her riding was instant and very apparent and that is how she came to specialise, hence the creation of Open Minds Equestrian Sports Performance.

Based in Auckland Lindsay’s work also includes personal development coaching and mentoring for personal and business clients. Lindsay is an experienced trainer and facilitator in Executive Coaching and Leadership Development, and also runs SafeTech her own Health & Safety consultancy. She travels frequently to Australia and designs individually personalised programmes to bring out the best in everyone.

Lindsay Cook
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Empowering riders using hypnotherapy
Classroom, 4.15pm - 5.00pm Thursday
Empowering riders using hypnotherapy
Classroom, 9.45am - 10.30am Saturday
Brett Davey
Brett Davey

Brett Davey comes from Australian showjumping royalty but he's paved his way in the world of dressage with partner Andrea Bank. Brett is a big believer in establishing trust and respect very early in any relationship with a horse, and so far that's been a winner. He is looking forward to showcasing his training methods at EQUITANA Auckland

Brett Davey
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 3.15pm - 4.30pm Sunday
Jane & Ken Dromgool
Jane & Ken Dromgool
Ken and Jane are a unique husband and wife coaching duo – teaching throughout NZ and the USA. With a combined 75 years’ experience in the equestrian industry they bring an unparalleled depth of experience and broad perspective to the table. They breed and train their own horses and teach others how to create safe, fun and effective relationships. They believe that SAFETY is a huge missing in the Equestrian industry - and are extremely passionate about creating safety for both horse and rider. They specialise in taking the safe, happy relaxed horse, working on a long rein through to the performance horse working with a contact, engagement and collection all the while maintaining the happiness and well-being of the horse and rider.
Jane specialises in Dressage and is an accomplished rider and trainer - she has trained with Bill Noble for 15 years. When Icarus Allsorts retired (Bill’s Olympic Dressage stallion) he gifted him to Jane – she rode him for a wonderful 6 years. She has trained 2 of her own horses to Level 5, her current horse, Icarus Ladyhawke, is at Level 4. Ken is New Zealand’s longest standing Horsemanship Clinician – he started doing Clinics in NZ before Parelli was known. He had the privilege of working and travelling personally with Ray Hunt and has trained thousands of horses and people.
Ken delights in anything to do with horses and holds a National Title in Team Roping. He continues to breed his families’ line of gaited horses. Being exceptional horse-people wasn’t enough for Ken and Jane – they realised that teaching was a whole realm on its own so they trained with Landmark Education to become highly trained Educators. They are both astute and powerful coaches, extremely effective in empowering and enabling others in the areas of life that matter to them.
Jane & Ken Dromgool
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Safety as a function of your Relationship
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 10.00am - 10.45am Friday

What happens when your helmet isn’t enough? Having good safety equipment is essential - but it just like a seatbelt – its best if you know how to handle your car in a tricky situation – same with your horse – if you don’t know how to handle your horse when he gets scared you are in trouble. We will show you how to manage your horses response to fear – so you can get his mind back with YOU. Through being able to do this he will learn to trust you. Knowing you can manage him in any situation is what will give you confidence and keep you safe.

How to get Safe by Softening your horse and Eliminating Tension
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 11.15pm - 12.00pm Saturday

Have you ever wondered how to really influence your horses thoughts and feelings? The most effective way to do this is by influencing his body – being able to get him soft and eliminate his tension. Through a series of exercises we will show you how to get him soft and relaxed both physically, mentally and emotionally – he will learn that he feels good when he is around you. This is the pathway to a deep bond with your horse – one that gets you both happy and safe.

Amanda Edwards
Amanda Edwards

Amanda Edwards is on a mission to give horse owners the skills and confidence to care for their horse effectively when things go wrong. With a background in emergency trauma nursing Amanda wrote the book on first aid and emergency response for horse owners - literally! Amanda brings evidence based practice to horse owners in an easy to understand way as well as providing practical solutions to common horse health problems.

Amanda is the Managing Director of the Equine Care Clinic in Victoria, Australia where they provide recovery care for horses when their owners aren't able to, the author of First Response “ A practical Guide to Caring for Your Sick or Injured Horse" and the host of the Podcast show HorseSense. She also travels Australia delivering First Response workshops to horse owners across the Country.

Amanda Edwards
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
Effective wound care for horses
Summit Rubber Arena, 2.15pm - 3.00pm Friday

This presentation gives an overview of best practice in equine wound management. The talk covers normal wound healing in horses, how to respond in the right way with the right products to promote maximum healing in minimum timeframes as well as where to save money and where to spend it for best value. This is an area that causes a lot of stress and confusion for horse owners and the presentation aims to provide evidence based information that is practically easy for owners to implement.

Horse First Aid
Classroom, 10.45am - 11.30am Sunday

This presentation helps horse owners to know what to do when things go wrong. It covers what's normal and what's not, when to call the Vet and what can wait, how to respond in the right way at the right time with the right products and ongoing monitoring and recovery. A practical and relevant talk that gives horse owners a framework for emergency response.

Antoinette Foster
Antoinette Foster

Antoinette Foster Dip. Nut. Equine Nutritional Therapist/Medical Herbalist/Nutritional Therapy Genetics/Product Formulator. Antoinette Foster is one of Australia's most highly qualified equine nutritional therapists; she is also a qualified medical herbalist and human nutritionist and author of the successful book "Eat Like a Horse". Antoinette has been a practitioner for over 29 years and has continued her training throughout this time. She began work in 2010 with Dr Margie Smith, a molecular geneticist; and was introduced the world of genetic science and the effect on gene expression from nutrition, this knowledge has been brought into the equine side of Antoinette's business. Genetic science has advanced substantially in the last 20 years and integrating the knowledge that Antoinette has into the management of horses is extremely exciting. Antoinette's interests in genetics lead her to a new professional diploma course in Nutritional Therapy and Genetics which she completed in December 2015. In 2017 the long awaited Equine Nutritional Therapy course will be released as Antoinette's company becomes a service provider and the course has been approved.

Antoinette has always believed that every equine, just like every human are individuals and they should be treated in this way with profound respect for their health and well-being. Antoinette conducts several seminars and information nights throughout the year and her presentations are dynamic, enjoyable, and highly educational. Her aim is to provide horse owners, trainers and breeders with the tools to ensure that their horses achieve optimum health on a long-term basis. Antoinette's company is also registered for Research and Development and in 2017 clinical vet trials begin, covering Osteoarthritis, Insulin Resistance and Equine Gut Microbiome. Antoinette is a passionate horse owner and rider and plans to return to the dressage arena once again after a very long break from competition with her new young Warmblood Coffee (Friedensthal Fidertanz /Belcam Calandra). Antoinette is a member of several organisations including the IICT and Nutrition Australia and writes regularly for several publications. Towards the end of 2016 Antoinette and her company along with software developer GoalMaker Software Solutions developed a new individualized software program for horse owners, this is a unique program that allows for each horse to be accessed as an individual. The program, released in April 2017, is a free service.

Antoinette Foster
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
The horse's gut and how to keep it healthy
Classroom, 10.00am - 10.45am Friday

The Horse's Gut & And How to keep it Healthy. The equine digestive system can be easily impaired by many common management mistakes. In this educational and entertaining presentation, I look at what improves digestive health in horses, from correct dental maintenance, to what you feed your horses, how often and even at what height that feed is located from the ground. Given the prevalence of colic, ulcers and other digestive conditions in modern horses, the key to their overall health is often contained in their gut! The equine intestinal tract contains a complex microbial population called micro biota which plays an important role in health and disease. It appears that the micro biome can be altered quite intensely in certain disease states. Laminitis for example can be a very severe disease that can be set off by an increase of dietary starch. By the time the starch reaches the hindgut it causes an enhancement of lactic acid bacteria, lactate build up and acidification of the contents of the gut. I also discuss the new science of equine microbiome gut health testing and what relevance this plays in the health and well-being of the digestive system of the horse.

Feed for Strength
Arena 2, 2.00pm - 2.45pm Sunday

Feed for Strength - Exercise and Recovery Diet Programs. Have you ever considered what goes in to a top level performance? This presentation looks at how you can improve your horse's strength, fitness, recovery and muscular health through a correct diet plan, designed for your specific horse's needs. From the daily nutritional requirements for a young horse just starting under saddle, right through to performing on the highest stage, this fascinating educational journey aims at how you can unlock your horses genetic potential through the right nutritional support. I also discuss the importance of nutrition and its ability to impact on a long-term basis, and how nutrition can actually switch genes expression on and off. I also discuss with the audience how nutrition in many ways has become a little lost in the equation and and the importance of getting it right. This presentation is entertaining and interactive and my aim is that horse owners attending will leave this presentation with a different perspective on feeding their horses.

Fenella Grigsby
Fenella Grigsby
Fenella grew up on a farm in the UK and has been lucky enough to ride in a variety of disciplines since she was a child. Injury from a fall led to her to train as a chiropractor, and then pursue a career in sports therapies for humans & animals, particularly with a passion for horse-rider combinations, and the associated biomechanics. Graduation from several university programs in Sports Therapy, Human and Animal Chiropractic in the UK, Australia and NZ enabled Fenella to set up practice here in NZ when she moved from the UK in 2003. She has had the privilege to work with talented riders and horses at the top end of their game, ranging from World Cup Showjumping & Grand Prix dressage combinations, Eventing NZ team horses through to those at the grassroots end. Having bred several Hanoverian horses, starting and educating them herself, it is her aim to proceed up the grades in Eventing, using a variety of training & therapy methods learnt over the years to maintain their biomechanical health, wellness and longevity
Fenella Grigsby
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Anatomy & biomechanics of horse & rider - how each affect each other
Summit Rubber Arena, 4.15pm - 5.00pm Thursday

Anatomical and evolutionary comparison of vertebrates, focusing on the horse and rider. Explaining and demonstrating the similarities and difference and how a rider’s biomechanics affects the horse’s Biomechanics through different disciplines.

Low level Laser Therapy: Therapeutic photobiology- utilising light to modulate the biological processes needed for healing
Classroom, 3.45pm - 4.30pm Saturday

Explaining what it is, the science behind it, how this mode of therapy helps to promote wound healing and the repair of soft tissues and bones, and how it enhances the body’s immune response, and encourages nerve tissue regeneration.

Jody Hartstone
Jody Hartstone

Jody Hartstone of Hartstone Equestrian in New Zealand, is an internationally accomplished Dressage rider and has been at the top of the sport for many years. Jody’s current Grand Prix horse, the Lusitano stallion, Ali-Baba, has a large fan base across the world. Jody coaches all around the world included USA, Canada, UK and Europe, she specialises in teaching the science of Learning Theory (how the horse learns) and holds an Diploma in Equitation Science.

Jody Hartstone
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Equitation Science - How knowledge of Learning Theory will improve your Dressage Success
Arena 2, 12.00pm - 12.45pm Sunday

In this session Jody Hartstone and her stallion Ali Baba will demonstrate to you how the science of how horse's learn can transform your riding and training into something that's enjoyable and empowering for you and ethical and sustainable for your horse.

Carole Herder
Carole Herder

Carole Herder President - Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc., #1 Bestselling Author & Inventor. Carole Herder is the Author of the #1 International Bestseller "There Are No Horseshoes in Heaven". Carole has been involved in horse health since 1993. Her Company, Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes horse products in 26 countries worldwide. Carole designed and developed Cavallo Hoof Boots and Total Comfort System Saddle Pads. Providing comfort for horses is Carole's passion. She presents educational training sessions around the world on the benefits of keeping horses in their natural state and developing successful barefoot programs. Carole is the proud recipient of the Royal Bank of Canada Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is a trail blazer and a proud member of the Women's Presidents Organisation, supporting female Entrepreneurs in every industry.

Carole Herder
Canada Canada
Education Session Times
Discover your Hoof Care options
Classroom, 3.15pm - 4.00pm Thursday

You will gain an understanding of Barefoot Horse Management. You will discover the 6 key concepts that characterise proper hoof care. Here you will understand the importance of terrain: both the living and riding environment, socialization, hoof hydration, hoof mechanism and the role hoof boots can play: both the benefits and potential problems. Hear what The Experts are now saying. Protect your horse by increasing your knowledge of the various new options you now have available

Protect your barefoot horse
Summit Rubber Arena, 3.15pm - 4.00pm Saturday

Learn how your understanding of hoof function and home care can dramatically change the life experience of your horse. Gain an insight into the case for barefoot versus metal shoes versus hoofboots. Making the right decision for your horse requires current information and an understanding of the choices and options available to you. This presentation is supported with a live horse demonstration. You will learn the 2 most important functions of the hoof and the effect your choice has on his overall well being.

Russell Higgins
Russell Higgins

Russell has been teaching horsemanship clinics and starting horses professionally since 1999. Starting off as one of Pat Parelli's apprentices in Colorado, Russell has continued his education with Pat and Horsemen such a Buck Brannaman and Martin Black.

To date he's taught in 16 different countries and started young horses on three continents. Russell has had horsemanship articles published in both the NZ Horse and Pony and Natural Horse Management magazines. Russell resides at Brumby Farm, his purpose built Horsemanship facility, in Te Awamutu.

Russell Higgins
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
The Art of Ponying
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 11.45am - 12.30pm Thursday

The art of ponying - developing a horse from another horse (also known as Ride & Lead)

Liberty - communicating with no strings attached
Arena 2, 10.00am - 10.45m Saturday

Liberty - communication without any strings attached. How to begin to prepare your horse for liberty. Using Liberty to develop subtle cues and refine body languarge, strenthening the bond between horse and rider. The sequence to more advanced movements.

Jonny Hilberath
Jonny Hilberath

World renowned German Gold Medal Dressage coach, Jonny Hilberath is the Dressage Star Presenter for EQUITANA Auckland. As well as being the trainer of current World No. 1, 2 & 3 dressage riders, he is also the secret weapon of the unstoppable Gold Medal winning Rio Olympic German Team, along with many others riders, all of whom credit their incredible success to his guidance! But, he’s the first to admit that while a team may look unbeatable on paper, it is all about bringing that into the ring. Hilberath is undoubtedly one of the best coaches in the world and is bringing his Olympic winning approach to his two hour masterclass at EQUITANA! Hilberath has trained many horses to Grand Prix level and last competed in 2010. He doesn’t believe in harsh or complicated training methods, preferring instead to work with the horse, to get the animal on side. Key to his methods are the basics – get those right and he says the rest will be easier to achieve. A harmonious connection between horse and rider will be rewarded many times over. As the star dressage presenter for EQUITANA Auckland, Hilberath will be conducting the two-hour dressage masterclass on Sunday afternoon, as part of the Super Sunday of Dressage, which will also feature the EQUITANA New Zealand Open Grand Prix Dressage competition. As well as the masterclass, Hilberath will also participate in two education sessions during the event.
For details on Jonny's full program at EQUITANA, click here.

Jonny Hilberath
Germany Germany
Education Session Times
Dressage Training
Demonstration Arena 2, 12.15pm - 1.00pm Friday
Dressage training
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 4.00pm - 4.45pm Saturday
Equitak Excel Dressage Masterclass
Premier Indoor Arena, 2:30pm - 5:30pm Sunday
Jason Hill
Jason Hill

My career in the equine and fitness industry began in 2007 with the desire to understand more about equestrian rider fitness. I began with a certificate of personal training in 2007 from the New Zealand College of Fitness. Started training at Les Mills gym in Auckland to acquire some basic skills as a trainer and studied independently the works of Thomas Myers facia trains of the body, Gray Cook movement screening and Florence Kendall muscle testing for strength and length. The understanding of these fundamentals helped develop my own testing protocol and training system to gain rider fitness.

In 2010 I opened my studio in Auckland called Equestrifit and run programs and training systems for groups of riders from all areas of the equine world. By no means do I have all the right answers but I have establish a protocol of testing and showing improvement in rider fitness, position and posture with the use of video capture and ‘Bounce’ the horse simulator. “Bounce’ was designed for riders to capture fundamental movement patterns required to ride. It is exercise equipment that provides a reactive platform with which riders can be tested and train on with external resistance while seated in the saddle. This helps develop core strength, stability and independent limb control.

Alongside the gains that riders make it is the riders discovery of their own body awareness and confidence that is the most inspiring for me in my work.

Jason Hill
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Equestrian Rider Fitness
Summit Rubber Arena, 2.00pm - 2.45pm Thursday

Muscle balance and symmetry

Rider functional movement & performance
Summit Rubber Arena, 11.00am - 11.45am Saturday
Equestrian Rider Fitness
Summit Rubber Arena, 12.15pm - 1.00pm Sunday

Core stability and control

Wayne Hipsley
Wayne Hipsley

A lifetime professional horseman from Lexington, KY , Wayne was a former professor teaching equine studies and breed association CEO. Today, he devotes time to the horse industry as a multi-licensed horse show judge, equine consultant and instructor, and expert in equine legal related matters.

Wayne has conducted equine education programs in 8 countries for over 15 different equine breed and equestrian discipline societies. He has been a featured instructor at Equitana-Australia, Equi-Days-New Zealand, Colorado Equine Expo and many more venues. He is active in the horse judging world, having judged national, regional, open and breed shows for Arabians, Appaloosas, Andalusians, Friesians, Morgans, Paint, Pinto, POA, Miniatures, Haflingers, Norwegian Fjords, Mules, Donkeys, Draft and Draft Hitches, 4-H, Western Dressage Equitation and Working Equitation.

Wayne Hipsley
USA USA
Education Session Times
Learning to assess conformation and gaits
Arena 2, 12.00pm to 12.45pm Thursday

Learning to Assess Conformation and Gaits Developing the fundamental skills to accurately and successfully assess balance, proportion, and correct conformation of a horse and pony. Developing the "eye" to make comparisons between a breed standard and the actual horse being evaluated. Exploring the importance of breed type as it relates to a horse's conformation and gaits. Understanding the value of illustrated standards vs written non-illustrated standards for breeds and types of performances. Learning to assess horse's walk to tell us about its athletic ability and potential as a performance horse, answering questions like: How important is length of stride? What inhibits length of stride? Can length of stride be influenced to improve? All of this and more with live horses to demonstrate the process of assessment.

How to become a Show Horse judge
Classroom, 9.45am - 10.30am Sunday

Discover the requirements, along with the traits and qualities to become a horse judge for a variety of competitions. Learn where to start. Learn how to start. Learn how to advance your skill level, including decision making. Learn that anyone can sit on the 'outside' of the competition arena and claim to place a class, but this presentation makes you walk in a judge's 'shoes' and initiates your thinking as a judge. Learn how to develop confidence in your decision making process. All of these mini-topics contribute to the development of a professional attitude toward the sport. Through a series of mini-topics establish the foundation to become a horse show judge, building your future to be successful as an equestrian professional. Topics include the following: Learning about the breed or discipline, its' history and foundation; Accepting the standards for perfection; Practice, apprentice judging; Developing a system for evaluating horses conformation and performance is vital; Understanding the process for decision making; Learning to apply rules and regulations; Communication and responsibilities of a judge. This presentation should be the first step in launching your path to becoming a judge.L

Peter Horobin
Peter Horobin

A saddler and saddle fitter for 40 years, Peter Horobin has spent many years educating himself on saddle fitting and equine biomechanics to then incorporate this knowledge into cutting edge technology in the saddle manufacturing industry. Having an extensive knowledge of saddles and being a horseman himself, he is always continuing to lead and evolve the saddle manufacturing industry into new dimensions of engineering and design.

With a passion for horse racing not only is Peter educated in the performance world but also has the opportunity to work with professionals in the racing industry to improve and evolve the thoughts and concept of saddle fit within a racing stable. Having lectured in over 10 countries and with working relationships with many different styles of equine professionals from all over the world, Peter is an expert in the field of saddle fitting and with a simple approach endeavours to educate riders about the simple and effective tools which can be used at home to recognise incorrect saddle fit.

Peter Horobin
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
Biomechanics and Saddlefit
Arena 2, 11.15am Friday

Saddle fitting has become so complicated and at times overwhelming and to be able to find a saddle suitable for your horse can at times be a daunting experience. With a variety of different opinions sometimes saddle fitters can provide too much information to the rider and this leaves the rider confused and wondering what to do next. There is a simple solution, being taught the biomechanics of the horse along with simple tools to take home with you are all you need to be able to identify what saddle would suit your horse. These tools allow you to not only educate yourself on the anatomy of saddles but the anatomy of the horses and how one should fit the other in a harmonic way. The horse should be ultimately comfortable, for the rider to be able to ride to their full potential and in the correct position followed by the most important aspect of a healthy and happy horse. This overall improves correct development, temperament and performance.

Biomechanics and Saddlefit
Summit Rubber Arena, 2.15pm - 3.00pm Saturday

Saddle fitting has become so complicated and at times overwhelming and to be able to find a saddle suitable for your horse can at times be a daunting experience. With a variety of different opinions sometimes saddle fitters can provide too much information to the rider and this leaves the rider confused and wondering what to do next. There is a simple solution, being taught the biomechanics of the horse along with simple tools to take home with you are all you need to be able to identify what saddle would suit your horse. These tools allow you to not only educate yourself on the anatomy of saddles but the anatomy of the horses and how one should fit the other in a harmonic way. The horse should be ultimately comfortable, for the rider to be able to ride to their full potential and in the correct position followed by the most important aspect of a healthy and happy horse. This overall improves correct development, temperament and performance.

David Jones-Parry
David Jones-Parry
I started riding horses when I was 15 years old, I went through the Pony Club system, my main interest was Eventing, not to any great standard, but I certainly followed the circuit for a number of years. In the early 80’s I qualified as an Assistant Instructor with the British Horse Society.
My involvement in the Equestrian Industry goes back approx. 40 years and 29 of those have been with a distribution company called Weatherbeeta. My roles in this company have been varied, I have had a close association with the Bates and Wintec Brands throughout this time and in particular have given demonstrations and staff training on these Brands. This role has taken me to a number of countries around the world. For approx 10 years I looked after the Saddle Fitting of Bates Sponsored Riders globally, this gave me extraordinary contact with riders such as Beezie Madden, Isabell Werth, Hayley Beresford, Heath and Rozzie Ryan, Shane Rose, Louisa Hill to name but a few. I felt very privileged to work with this calibre of rider for so many years. I transferred to Weatherbeeta in the UK in 2002 for 3 years and while I was there joined the Society of Master Saddlers completing their Foundation course, then spent a year travelling every weekend with a Qualified Saddler, learning about so many other brands and realising that it didn’t really matter what the brand was – the principals of Saddle Fitting were basically the same for all English style saddles. This period gave me the experience needed to go back and complete another course with the Society, then successfully passing their qualification in 2004.
Today I remain a member of the Society of Master Saddlers and of the British Equestrian Trade Association. I lecture on the Australasian Saddle Fitting Course, run a small, boutique saddle fitting business and remain with Weatherbeeta, New Zealand.
David Jones-Parry
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Saddle fitting principles
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 10.45am - 11.30am Thursday

The importance of a well fitting saddle

Saddle fitting principles
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 10.45am - 11.30am Sunday

The importance of a well fitting saddle

Damian Judd
Damian Judd
Damian Judd
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
An introduction to Ranch Riding
Arena 2, 11.00am - 11.45am Friday
An introduction to Ranch Riding
Arena 2, 10.00 - 10.45 am Sunday
Thorsten Kaiser
Thorsten Kaiser

Thorsten Kaiser is one of the first Holistic Hoofcare Professionals in New Zealand. In his approach, Thorsten first views the world through the eyes of the horse and focuses on what horses need to thrive, and then considers the human in that equation. During his time as an Endurance Rider, in 2003 he became the first in New Zealand to complete a 100km CEI** with a barefoot horse. One of his clients went on to become the first completing a 160km CEI*** ride.

In 2004 he founded the Institute for Barefoot Equine Management Ltd (IBEM), through which he offers barefoot hoofcare, seminars, professional training, and one-on-one coaching. Thorsten offers education that is based on logic, science, and proven management approaches. Thorsten is regularly giving horse owner seminars and professional Continuing Education in New Zealand, but also has been teaching in the USA, South Africa, and Russia. He also is a regular speaker at the World Holistic Hoofcare Conference, which has run every other year since 2003 in countries like Germany, Canada, Poland, and Czech Republic. Thorsten has attended both Functional Hoof Conferences in Australia and was a speaker at the Table of Trimming section in 2014. Thorsten is known for his passion about holistic hoofcare and his way of explaining complex material in a way that is understandable by many people.

At Equitana, Thorsten will be presenting a practical demo on how to trim a hoof based on its anatomy, as well as a presentation talking about the link between hooves and conformational flaws of horses.

Thorsten Kaiser
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Difference between Unshod and Barefoot
Summit Rubber Arena, 4.15pm - 5.00pm Friday

It is quite common for people to assume that not having a shoe on the horse's hooves means the horse is barefoot. In this presenation, I will discuss the anatomy of the hoof statically and then consider its dynamics with each step when weight is applied. The hoof needs to follow a certain shape as given by the anatomy for those dynamics to occur correctly and comfortably. If that shape is not given, correct foot function may not happen and horse owners may incorrectly assume that their horse cannot go barefoot, when in fact it never was barefoot, but only unshod. I will demonstrate a trim on a hoof so people can see where the anatomical structures are and how one would follow those.

Conformation Flaws and Hooves
Summit Rubber Arena, 9.45am - 10.30am Saturday

I will discuss common, so-called conformational flaws, and look at what they mean for the horse. Then I will look at hoof physiology and what deviation of that means to the horse. Linking the two together, it becomes aparent, that many conformational flaws are in fact compensation attempts by the horse for underlying problems. Once we understand those underlying causes and remove them, we can see that many conformation flaws are actually symptoms and will disappear. Classroom presenation

Mark Kenzig
Mark Kenzig
Mark is one of Australia's leading show horse trainers and riders with his own stables (ND Australia -Melbourne) enjoying success at the most elite shows across Australia. A specialist in show preparation, producing and training Mark is a Royal Listed SHC Judge and EA National Saddle Horse Judge, has taught at The University of Sydney and holds a certificate in training assessment from the NSW Department of Education . Mark also has EA NCAS Level 1 accreditation.
Mark Kenzig
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
An introduction to Showing
Arena 2, 2.00pm - 2.45pm Thursday
An introduction to Showing
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 3.45pm - 4.30pm Friday
Dr Leigh De Clifford
Dr Leigh De Clifford

Matamata Veterinary Services: The MVS Equine division; a highly qualified, vastly experienced team of veterinarians dedicated to providing the very best care and treatment of your horses. We are proud to provide round the clock service, every day of the year.

Our people: MVS Equine offers the services of seven outstanding fulltime veterinarians. Our veterinarians each have differing areas of expertise, including racing, performance, surgery, foal and stud medicine

Our facilities: Our purpose-built equine hospital, located just outside of Matamata includes full surgical and medical amenities, diagnostic equipment, post and rail yards and paddocks, and stabling.

Our services: As well as providing general animal health and preventative care, we offer a full range of on-site services such as digital radiography, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy, surgery, pre-purchase examinations, dentistry and assisted/routine reproduction.

EQUITANA presenter: Dr. Leigh De Clifford, BVSc CertAVP PGCertVPS MRCVS. Leigh is a member of the MVS Equine Division at Matamata Veterinary Services. Leigh graduated from Massey in 2008 and worked in a large equine hospital in western Victoria before taking up a position as the private veterinarian for Qatar Bloodstock and Qatar Racing. Leigh’s interests include sports medicine, lameness and surgery and is keen on advancing the management of the equine athlete to get maximum performance.

Dr Leigh De Clifford
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Management of the equine athlete
Classroom, 9.45am - 10.30am Thursday

Keep your horse performing at its’ best, for as long as possible

Performance nutrition and management of gastric ulceration
Classroom, 4.00pm - 4.45pm Friday

Get the most out of what you feed your horse

Wound Management
Summit Rubber Arena, 4.15pm - 5.00pm Saturday

How to manage equine wounds to achieve the best result in the shortest time

Limb deformities in foals and management of osteoarthritis
Classroom, 2.00pm - 2.45pm Sunday

How to achieve the best limb conformation for your foal and the latest in information in managing osteoarthritis

Sharna Little
Sharna Little

Sharna Little was riding long before she was walking. The 29 year old from Tamworth in New South Wales has cared out a solid occupation as a horsebreaker with her own business. She has followed a family tradition in successfully competing in cutting, camp drafting and barrel racing.

Sharna Little
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
training with Sharna Little
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 2.00pm - 2.45pm Saturday
John Lyons
John Lyons

John Lyons is recognised as a world leader for his equine training talents . . . and we’re excited to announce him as the star EQUITANA Auckland horsemanship presenter. He and wife Jody hail from the aptly-named Dream Ranch in Colorado, in the United States where they run clinics, expos, demonstrations and programmes.

The focus for Lyons is simple – create a relationship, find the performance and nurture your friendship with your horse. It’s for good reason they call him “America’s most trusted horseman”. He works to change a horse’s behaviour, attitude and attention; improve ground manners, riding and performance.
Lyons has been sharing his knowledge with the wider equestrian world since 1980, and while he is pulling back a little now, he’s still fully focused on helping everyone get the very best from their horses. Thousands have worked with him, and this is the very first time he is presenting in New Zealand. He’s done a whistle-stop visit to the country years back, and can’t wait to get hands on with Kiwi horse men and women.

Lyons is a staunch family man, and between he and Jody, they have a blended family of seven children and 12 grandchildren – some of whom have clearly inherited that equine talent.

John Lyons
USA USA
Education Session Times
Simplifying & Effective Cues
Arena 2, 4.00pm - 4.30pm Thursday

Changing the way we think and ride with more effective and an easier, less complicated cue system for us and our horse

Improve Control
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 3.00pm - 3.30pm Friday

Improve head, shoulder, hindquarters control for more overall riding safety, and better performance for the arena.

Problem solving & diagonals made easy
Arena 2, 3.00pm - 3.30pm Saturday

Changing the way we approach solving problems and diagonals made easy

Aspects of Control & getting the horse to relax
Arena 2, 3.00pm - 3.30pm Sunday

Speed control, directional control, side passing turns on the forehand and hind quarters, head elevation control; and the getting the horse to relax.

Tanja Mitton
Tanja Mitton

An NCAS level 1 General Riding Coach and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Coach. Tanja has been working as the Mindset Coach for the Australian High Performance Dressage and Para Squads as well as coaching with other riders of all levels and in all disciplines. Tanja was invited to the Australian Institute of Sport in 2012 to present to the NCAS Level 3 Coach Candidates a workshop on how to improve the Mindset of Australian Coaches. In 2014 she was the guest speaker at the prestigeous Garryowen Luncheon at Melbourne Royal Show.

Tanja is the Author of the books "Seven Steps to the Mindset of an Equestrian Champion" and "It Takes Two To Tango". Tanja has regular articles published in 'The Horse Deals Magazine', 'Horse and Rider' and 'Horse North' as well as having been an Educator at EQUITANA in 2010, 2011, 2013 and in 2014. Tanja is conducting clinics all around Australia and Germany as well as educating riders and coaches in her specialised Mindset Seminars. Tanja and Richard Mitton own and manage the Equestrian Success Mindset Training Centre at West Woombye on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Tanja Mitton
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
A crash course in Confidence
Classroom, 2.00pm - 2.45pm Friday

Do you ever think to yourself 'What if..." before you get on your horse? This presentation is all about turning WHAT IF's into powerful 'I CAN's. This presentation addresses the mindset of riders from all levels and all disciplines, teaching the important connection of language and beliefs.

It takes Two to Tango
Arena 2, 11.00am - 11.45am Sunday

The missing link in equine partnerships, unveiling where we are blocking our horses both physically and mentally. Riders often forget how much their horse has to compensate for their position and balance. This demonstration shows how a rider can learn to help instead of hinder their horse by improving their seat and influence when riding.

Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson

Representing New Zealand Andrew is a veteran of six Olympic Games, seven World Equestrian Games, a five time winner of Burghley Horse Trials and this year won Badminton Horse Trials. Andrew is a three time Olympic medallist and has achieved gold and bronze medals at Eventing World Championships. He and team mate, Sir Mark Todd, were the first Kiwis in any sport to compete at six Olympic Games.

For details on Andrew full schedule at EQUITANA, click here.

Andrew Nicholson
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Ultra Mox Eventing Masterclass
Premier Indoor Arena, 4:00pm - 6:00pm Thursday
Eventing training
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 3.00pm - 3.45pm Saturday
Brett Parbery
Brett Parbery

Brett has been riding and coaching dressage professionally for around 20 years. He has won multiple Australian Dressage Championships, been short-listed for 3 Olympic Games and has achieved a top 10 World Equestrian Games finish. Brett is passionate about inspiring riders to achieve their goals and has developed a coaching and mentoring service for riders to complement their regular lessons with their own instructor.

Brett Parbery
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
Dressage demystified
Arena 2, 11.00am - 11.45am Thursday
Sue Parker
Sue Parker

Sue was brought up on the land and spent her childhood surrounded by horses, riding and caring for them on her parents property, nurturing a passion for working with horses that has been with her throughout her life. Sue has attended many courses as a therapist and treated well over 10,000 horses in her developing career.

It has been through attending to the horses in the racing industry that she developed a program that she calls the EBT S.T.A R.T Program. Soft Tissue Assessment and Response Testing (S.T.A.R.T) is a unique system of carrying out systematic and sequential assessment checks that provide specific indicators to soft tissue injuries. The best part of the EBT S.T.A.R.T program is that it enables early detection before a general soreness becomes a long term injury. It utilises a specific set of assessment tests and indicators to establish a detailed insight into the soft tissue health of the horse. The skills set provided through undertaking an EBT S.T.A.R.T program short course will have those who attend look at their horses in an entirely new light. EBT is expanding on its student courses with current with courses currently being delivered in QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, SA and Tasmania. We are also planning to conduct courses in NZ in the second half of 2017.

Sue Parker
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
The Equine Body Therapy S.T.A.R.T. program
Classroom, 12.15pm - 1.00pm Thursday

Sue will be introducing EBT START program with a series of power point presentations that highlight the foundation of this unique program and demonstrate the practical approach applied in identifying problem areas within the horse. Together with practical demonstrations on our subject horse, this overview will outline the systematic process of testing and evaluation that leads to the identification of the root cause of poor performance or health. Once the assessment has been carried out and the problem area identified, further EBT therapeutical treatments can be applied. Equine Body Therapy has been developed by Sue utilising her vast experience in a variety of modalities combined with a hands on experience spanning over 10,000 horses and over 15 years. Sue currently runs a practitioner course and has over 100 students currently training or fully qualified as EBT practitioners. Through the application of EBT, Sue has achieved some remarkable results in the well-being and enhanced performance of horses engaged in disciples ranging from dressage through to endurance, campdrafting, cutting and both harness and thoroughbred racing and Sue will carry out a range of practical demonstrations throughout these educational presentations to show the unique 'root-cause' identification processes she has developed and the amazing techniques she applies to assist in the recovery process.

The Equine Body Therapy S.T.A.R.T. program
Classroom, 2.45pm - 3.30pm Saturday

Sue will be introducing EBT START program with a series of power point presentations that highlight the foundation of this unique program and demonstrate the practical approach applied in identifying problem areas within the horse. Together with practical demonstrations on our subject horse, this overview will outline the systematic process of testing and evaluation that leads to the identification of the root cause of poor performance or health. Once the assessment has been carried out and the problem area identified, further EBT therapeutical treatments can be applied. Equine Body Therapy has been developed by Sue utilising her vast experience in a variety of modalities combined with a hands on experience spanning over 10,000 horses and over 15 years. Sue currently runs a practitioner course and has over 100 students currently training or fully qualified as EBT practitioners. Through the application of EBT, Sue has achieved some remarkable results in the well-being and enhanced performance of horses engaged in disciples ranging from dressage through to endurance, campdrafting, cutting and both harness and thoroughbred racing and Sue will carry out a range of practical demonstrations throughout these educational presentations to show the unique 'root-cause' identification processes she has developed and the amazing techniques she applies to assist in the recovery process.

Jenny Paterson
Jenny Paterson

A Bachelor of Science in Zoology gives Jenny a scientific background which has proven invaluable for recent research into the causes of the many issues plaguing modern horse owners. Having been a horse owner in New Zealand for nearly 50 years Jenny has personal experience of the most exasperating of these issues. During 15 years of teaching Horsemanship throughout New Zealand Jenny met hundreds of 'problem' horses, many of which were not straight-forward.

It became obvious there was more going on with them than just a lack of experience on the part of the owner. Clues that diet, in particular pasture grass, was the culprit prompted a nationwide "Equine Health & Behaviour Survey" back in 2005 which was completed by several hundred horse owners. The results of this survey led the quest into nutrition only to find that research pertained to stabled, grain fed horses from overseas, with no mention of the metabolic problems that grazing cool season grasses (the staple diet of our horses in NZ) can cause. Jenny then began conducting forage analyses of grass consumed by various problem horses. The connection between the grass and the problems soon became clear and spawned the development of a unique range of supplements along with feeding recommendations which help owners keep their horses calm and healthy.

Much of Jenny's time is currently spent personally assisting owners from all over the world who have horses with the more serious diet-related issues, keeping the www.calmhealthhorses.com website current and a lot of effort into writing quality posts for the Calm Healthy Horses FaceBook page.

Jenny Paterson
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Horses Eat Grass - Don't they?
Classroom, 12.00pm - 12.45pm Friday

All grass is not equal. This presentation will educate horse owners on the aspects of pasture grass which can adversely affect the health and behavior of their horses. Emphasis will be placed on specific mineral imbalances which are vital to understand when it comes to keeping horses successfully on grass. The presentation will educate horse owners to understand how issues such as metabolic syndrome, laminitis, head-shaking, spooking, separation anxiety, aggression, hyper-sensitivity, claustrophobia, mysterious bouts of colic, respiratory conditions, itching, girthiness and agitation and many more are caused by mineral imbalances inherent in their pasture grass. Mycotoxins - where sugars and starches fit in, phytoestrogens and their relevance to breeders, photodynamic pigments and how they are the real cause of mud-fever and sunburn will be covered. How these same mineral imbalances cause horses to become overly claustrophobic, over reactive and liable to cause accidents. How and why all these issues are more prevalent now than they were 20 - 30 years ago. The cost to the individual horse owner and the economic cost to the industry of so many horses being misread, misjudged, misdiagnosed and therefore mistreated, sold for the wrong reasons, never reaching their full performance potential, being retired far too early or even put down, all for lack of understanding of what really happens when grass meets the horse. The talk will briefly outline, in easy to understand terms, how the physiology of the grass changes with the weather and the season and how it impacts on the physiology of the horse. Without being too technical, examples of Forage Analyses and corresponding blood test results will be included to illustrate the major points of the presentation.

The Impact of Diet on Safety
Classroom, 1.45pm - 2.30pm Saturday

Horses whose central nervous system is not functioning preperly cannot 'think' their way through situations. They tend to react rather than respond and are prone to violent or explosive episodes. The use of helmets and back protectors are to date the main aspects of safety being widely promoted. Both are shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. This presentation will educate horse owners on how to ensure their horses are functioning normally and are both safe and enjoyable to ride. *How 'temperament' is affected by diet. *Understanding resistance. *Warning signs exhibited by horses with diet related issues. *How to distinguish 'naughtiness'. *Why NOT to tie horses up or otherwise confine them when they are affected. *When NOT to ride. *The relevance of groundwork to safety around horses. *How to stay safe when travelling horses in floats and trucks. *How to feed for Enjoyment & Safety. This presentation will include relevant photographs and video clips to illustrate the points.

Vera Payne
Vera Payne

Vera's transition from Music education to frequency medical technology was a natural and effortless one. Vera has been treating mainly chronically ill clients in her clinic/studio since 1997.

In late 2012 she decided to take SCENAR to the world, travelling, treating, educating, training everything SCENAR for almost 3 years. In 2015 at the Vienna SCENAR conference, Yuri STAROVOYTOV CEO OF RITM OKB ZAO Russia, the Inventors and Manufacturers of the SCENAR Medical Technology presented Vera with a gold medal of achievement in SCENAR Technology promotion worldwide, the only non Russian doctor and Australian to achieve this award. Vera was awarded her second Gold Medal from RITM Australia and RITM OKB ZAO at the Sydney International SCENAR Conference in March 2017 for her continued work in the field of promotion and development in SCENAR Technology and training.

Vera is the author of the Professional Equine SCENAR Training course based on her years of SCENAR experience in treating in the Equine industry. Her success in treating horses using the SCENAR technology allowed her to be sought after for treatments of horses with issues that vets were having difficulty addressing. Vera, since 2016 has been training Professional Equine SCENAR Practitioners from Australia and New Zealand. She also published a Small Animal SCENAR Therapy online training course for the home user in March 2017.

Vera will demonstrate how effective SCENAR Therapy can be for horses, used by professional practitioners and home users. Vera's message is simple. "I get up in the morning to make a difference in the world, helping my clients understand how they can heal and lead happier lives, so that they can positively impact those around them for the better. Like you, I made a choice to be the best I can possibly be".

Vera Payne
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
Fast & effective pain relief
Classroom, 11.00am - 11.45am Saturday

Fast and Effective Professional Equine SCENAR Pain Relief Therapy - In this presentation we demonstrate how quickly SCENAR technology addresses issues of pain and dysfunction in the horse. We discuss how an Equine SCENAR Practitioner treats with this technology, what and how this technology is able to quickly restore function and relieve pain in not only the horse but the rider/owner/trainer.

Home user pain relief
Summit Rubber Arena, 2.15pm Sunday

Fast and Effective SCENAR Pain Therapy for the home user and their horse using the personal SCENAR device. In this presentation we demonstrate how quickly SCENAR technology addresses issues of pain in the horse using the SCENAR personal device. We discuss what and how this technology is able to quickly restore function and relieve pain and restore function in not only the horse but the rider/owner/trainer as well.

Rozzie Ryan
Rozzie Ryan

Rozzie is based at the Newcastle Equestrian Centre in Heatherbae, NSW. Rozzie and husband, Heath, run Ryans Equestrian Training and Breeding business where their focus is very much the riding, coaching and training of horses and riders for the Olympic disciplines as well as the breeding, training and selling of high quality performance horses for the Australian and International markets. Rozzie is a NCAS Level 3 Coach and Coach Educator, has represented Australia in dressage at World Equestrian Games and World Cups and Olympic competition. A consistent producer of Grand Prix horses Rozzie is currently campaigning two GP horses, Jarrah R and Adonie.

Rozzie Ryan
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
Preparing for flying changes & pirouettes
Demonstration Arena 2, 11.00am - 11.45am Saturday
David Simons
David Simons

From David’s lifelong involvement with horses he believes that a horse at any stage of its life and from any background can be trained in a non-threatening way, to promote calmness and responsiveness.

Whether your interest is pleasure riding or high level performance in either the equestrian or reining/western disciplines, David’s training guarantees remarkable results. His passion for training the horse to perform with correct and fluid movement, whilst showing willingness, commitment and lightness within its connection, will allow you to achieve remarkable results – more than you probably believed possible! David’s core techniques create the building blocks for a connected and well balanced ride. David’s personal competition interest is Reining, yet he is just as passionate about the horse performing to the best of its ability in any discipline.

At their home in Drysdale in Victoria, David and Sandi have a private training facility where David not only trains his own horses for competition but horses of all ages, sizes and disciplines. And whether that is a weanling needing to be taught the basics on its journey to becoming a happy, calm and responsive horse, a youngster having its first experiences under saddle, or a high level performance horse in reining or dressage needing a some help to add to its performance all the horses will benefit and become ‘winners’ with David’s system.

David Simons
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
Developing the young reining horse:
Arena 2, 3.00pm - 3.45pm Thursday

Spins and turnarounds

What is needed for a competitive reining horse
Arena 2, 2.00pm - 2.45pm Saturday

Manoeuvres in the show pen

Sandi Simons
Sandi Simons

Sandi Simons was a typical country kid that would jump on any horse and ride! But like many women she discovered once she got a little older, became a wife and mother of five (yep five!) along with discovering how to overcome her own disability of spinal disease, she developed an innate sense of self preservation, thus leading to her own loss of confidence. Using her own experiences and unique style, incorporating some of the training methods of her husband David Simons, Sandi has helped hundreds of women regain the confidence to get back in the saddle whilst enjoying a safe and harmonious relationship with their horses.

Sandi's insightful, compassionate nature makes her a truly unique coach who is now providing a training system that has been sadly lacking for those that have struggles within the equine world.

Sandi Simons
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
Nervous Rider? So am I - training tips on how to ride safely
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 2.00pm - 2.45pm Fridat
Controlling your fear...........learn how to cope with your nerves & stay safe
Arena 2, 3.45pm - 4.30pm Saturday
Nikita Stowers
Nikita Stowers

Growing up with horses, Nikita knew they were something she wanted to take further and make into a career, from a young age. From the moment she took her first Equine paper at Massey University, Nikita was sure that Equine Nutrition was something she wanted to pursue.

Nikita has been working full time in the Equine Industry since 2008 when she commenced her post-gradulate studies and research in Equine Nutrition. Nikita’s research at Massey University included investigations into feeding practices on major Thoroughbred and Standardbred Stud farms throughout New Zealand and she has a specific interest in the growth and development of the equine athlete, spending several years of her research career in this area. Nikita has presented her research at conferences in New Zealand and around the world, including the World Equine Veterinary Association congress in India in 2011. She has a wealth of experience in putting together individualised feeding programmes for both race and performance horses and works with top trainers and riders in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

In 2016, Nikita started an exciting amalgamation with Equine Veterinarian Petra Hazlitt to develop Veterinary and Nutritional Integration Ltd (VANI). VANI offer a complete and unique approach to optimising horse health and wellness from the inside out. They use integrative methods including feed analysis, blood profiling and consultation to arrive at the best outcome for horses and their owners. Nikita enjoys working with all of VANI’s clients, whether they have one or one hundred horses. Every horse is different and that’s why VANI tailor everything they do to the individual.

Nikita Stowers
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Feeding your horse to reach its potential
Summit Rubber Arena, 3.15pm - 4.00pm Thursday

This presentation will take horse owners through how to prepare a suitable feeding programme for a horse no matter what its' use or purpose. We will cover: Estimating feed requirements, the importance of knowing the weight of our horses and feeds, body condition scoring and feeding the horse to reach its' potential. We will have a practical demonstration with a horse and will guide you through a feed programme from start to finish.

Interactive gastric ulceration gastroscopy demonstration
Summit Rubber Arena, 12.15pm - 1.00pm Saturday

This demonstration will guide horse owners through Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome and cover symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention, using an integrative approach combining veterinary medicine and expertise and as effective feeding management.

Tui Teka
Tui Teka

Tui Teka grew up on the remote East Coast, where he rode to school on horseback and spent his weekends taming wild horses. Not much has changed for this very talented horseman, as he still spends his days working with horses - albeit some of the best bred in New Zealand. It's a passion that comes from deep within and is intrinsically in his make up.

Tui Teka
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Establishing body control from the ground up
Demonstration Arena 2, 3.45pm - 4.30pm Friday
The New Zealand Mounted Rifles Charitable Trust
The New Zealand Mounted Rifles Charitable Trust

The New Zealand Mounted Rifles Charitable Trust provides communities and individuals with the opportunity to share, remember and participate in a unique part of New Zealand’s history that may otherwise be lost. The Trust aims to preserve the history of the men and horses of New Zealand’s mounted rifles regiments and recognise the role of New Zealand horses and their service to New Zealand in times of conflict. The NZMR Charitable Trust is a registered charity, raising funds for the treatment of military induced post-traumatic stress disorder.

The New Zealand Mounted Rifles Charitable Trust
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
An insight into the history & importance of the NZMRCT
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 9.45am - 10.30am Thursday
An insight into the history & importance of the NZMRCT
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 9.30 am - 10.15 am Sunday
Vanessa Veart-Smith
Vanessa Veart-Smith

Vanessa Veart-Smith has spent many years in sponsorship and marketing. Focusing on event / program sponsorship as well as equestrian rider sponsorship. Vanessa can assist with talking you through how to get sponsors as riders, events and even companies looking for additional promotional support.

Vanessa Veart-Smith
Education Session Times
Sponsorship - What you really should know
Classroom, 12.00pm - 12.45pm Sunday

Sponsorship is the fastest growing form of marketing. With this in mind, you can find unlimited opportunities to broaden your competitive advantage by increasing your credibility, image, and prestige in sponsoring events attracting your target market. A competitive advantage is what makes you better than the competition in your customers' minds. To be successful, you need to be able to articulate the benefit you provide to your target market that's better than the competition. That's your competitive advantage.

Phil Webb
Phil Webb

Phil Webb's involvement in cutting started in 1976, training and showing cutting horses as well as competing at reined cow horse events. Phil first joined the NCHA Board in 1978 and is currently a director of the NCHA, sitting on the major shows, judging and rules committees.

Phil Webb
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
An introduction to Cutting
Demonstration Arena 2, 10.00am - 10.45am Thursday
An introduction to Cutting
Demonstration Arena 2, 12.00pm - 12.45pm Saturday
Gretel Webber
Gretel Webber

Gretel has an Assoc.Dip. in Applied Science (Horse husbandry and management), a Marketing Degree and a Masters in Equine Science. Gretel has been working in the Horse Feed Industry for over 20 years. She gained a vast amount of experience working ‘in the field’ in her formative years and therefore enjoys liaising with owners and their horses to find feeding solutions that ensure optimum equine health and performance.

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Gretel spent many years as a rider and has bred a number of sporthorses, hoping to return to the competition arena when time permits. She currently runs an agistment property with her husband. They enjoy following the horses as they return to their ‘work’.

23Gretel gained an Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Horse husbandry and management) from Adelaide University on leaving school, and later a Marketing Degree. In 2016 she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Equine Science and at the time of writing is preparing to hand in her dissertation to complete her Masters in Equine Science.

Gretel Webber
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
The impact of diet on equine behaviour
Classroom, 2.15pm - 3.00pm Thursday

This presentation will discuss the impact of high-starch diets on equine behavious and equine physiology. It will outline the differing feed ingredients than can be utilised in the diet of the performance horse to manage equine behaviour and optimise equine gut health.

Feeding your horse depending on Age & Stage
Summit Rubber Arena, 3.15pm - 4.30pm Sunday

This presentation will provide feeding recommendations for horses from conception through to their twilight years. It will focus on feed and management detail to produce and maintain a sound, happy and healthy horse.

Emily Weibel
Emily Weibel

Horses have been a way of life for as long as Emily can remember and she can't wait to test her talents in the IRT The Way of the Horse at the inaugural EQUITANA Auckland. Her childhood was spent on a remote high country farm in North Canterbury where horses were both utilitarian and entertainment. For Emily the key is balance, rhythm and feel as a base of communication.

Emily Weibel
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 4.00pm - 4.45pm Thursday
Dr. Luke Wells-Smith
Dr. Luke Wells-Smith

Luke has had a keen interest in farriery since he was 15 years old when he shod his first horse in rural South Australia. He graduated from James Cook University as a veterinarian in 2010 and has continued to develop his skills and knowledge in farriery and equine veterinary science by attending foot related conferences externships both in Australia and the US.

Luke has worked in exclusively equine practices in QLD, Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. Luke worked with the Scone Equine Group from 2012-2016 to establish the Equine Podiatry and Lameness Centre. At the start of 2017, Luke created Motion Equine Podiatry Consulting . The company is an evolution of Luke's passion and dedication to foot care of the horse in Australia and beyond. As a consultant, Luke works in multiple veterinary practices throughout Australia to help farriers, veterinarians and horse owners with complicated foot conditions

Dr. Luke Wells-Smith
Australia Australia
Education Session Times
Advances in Laminitis
Classroom, 11.00am - 11.45am Thursday

Advances in Laminitis will focus on new technology and techniques for the diagnosis, treatment and management in the horse. It will look at new information in the treatment of Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Pars Pituitary Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID or Equine Cushings Disease) and how it relates to the treatment and prevention of laminitis. The presentation will also focus on new techniques in farriery for the treatment of laminitis.

Caudel Heel Pain
Classroom, 11.00am - 11.45am Friday

Caudal Heel Pain will focus on describing what really is heel pain, how to diagnosis it, treatment and management, along with how it relates to navicular syndrome. It will look at the use of advanced imaging such as CT and MRI to help diagnose the condition. Different types of therapeutic shoeing techniques will be discussed along with case studies

Amanda Wilson
Amanda Wilson

Amanda Wilson’s successes in the competition arena has positioned her as one of New Zealand's most promising show jumping riders, as well as a highly sought after showjumping clinician. Showtym Viking first brought Amanda into the public eye by winning the 2010 Show Jumping Pony of the Year, before going on to win many Young Rider and Grand Prix classes to 1.50m. More recently, Amanda has produced horses in the 5-year-old, 6-year-old, 7-year-old, Grand Prix, Super League and World Cup series with success, including top finishes in the 2015 and 2016 Olympic Cup, the most prestigious show jumping classes in Australasia.

Amanda has a passion for young horses and starts all her own show jumpers under saddle, as she loves to begin with a blank canvas. Her gentle approach to working with horses produces highly effective results and she has earned a reputation for producing some of the best young horses on the show jumping circuit.

Amanda Wilson
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Jumping theory for every rider
Classroom, 3.00pm - 3.45pm Sunday
Kelly Wilson
Kelly Wilson

Having grown up around horses, Kelly competed in show jumping to Pony Grand Prix level, before focusing on her creative talents. She won a scholarship to Auckland University of Technology and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Graphic Design, going on to become an award-winning photographer and designer. She is the bestselling author of six books, For the Love of Horses, Stallion Challenges, Mustang Ride and Saving the Snowy Brumbies, a children's picture book Ranger the Kaimanawa Stallion and a junior chapter book series Showtym Adventures. With her sisters Vicki and Amanda, Kelly starred in the hit-rating TV series, Keeping up with the Kaimanawas, following their work taming New Zealand's wild Kaimanawa horses, and travelled to America and Australia to rescue and tame wild horses.

Kelly Wilson
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Book Reading: Saving The Snowy Brumbies
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 12.00pm - 12.45pm Friday
Book Reading: Dandy The Mountain Pony
Mitavite Arena, Harrison Lane Pavilion, 12.00pm - 12.45pm Sunday
Vicki Wilson
Vicki Wilson

Vicki Wilson is one of New Zealand's most successful and well-respected equestrian personalities. Outside of the showjumping arena her specialties lie with fixing problem horses, starting young ones for any discipline, and the domestication of wild horses. In 2017 she gained an international recognition for her horsemanship after winning Road to the Horse, the coveted World Championships of Colt Starting. She now travels the world educating people on ‘Sore Horses' and is a highly acclaimed international clinician.

During the competition season her core focus is on her show jumpers. She has won countless classes at the highest levels, right through to World Cup, and has consistently been in the winner's circle since she won her first national title in 2004. At Horse of the Year, Vicki has won the Lowry Medallion five times and the Nationwide Cup nine times - more than any other rider in history. She has also represented New Zealand in the winning Trans Tasman Young Rider team three times and has competed to 1.40m riding under the New Zealand flag in Europe with many wins and placings.

Vicki Wilson
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Sore Horses
Demonstration Arena 2, 10.15am - 11.00am Friday
Georgia Worth
Georgia Worth

I have always had a desire to work in the equine industry and in my late teens I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to move to Australia where I rode and competed in Dressage at Young Rider level, during this time and previously while competing in NZ, I had managed to qualify for the Young Rider World Cup, held in Frankfurt, Germany, which progressed my riding career to competing and schooling horses in Wiesbaden, Germany as a dressage rider, gaining experience in everything from foaling and handling right through to Grand Prix Dressage.
After deciding to come back home to New Zealand, I looked to change my focus and studied to become an Equine Dental Technician, allowing me to combine my love of horses and knowledge of performance horses with an industry that has the ability to dramatically improve a horses well being and performance of the ridden athlete.
Equine Dental Care believe in offering top quality preventative and remedial dental treatments to your equine companions. Through dental treatment we aim for your horse’s teeth to have increased longevity, maximum comfort with the bit; helping with peak performance, as well as reducing the risk of major dental problems through prevention.

Georgia Worth
New Zealand New Zealand
Education Session Times
Equine Dental Care
Summit Rubber Arena, 11.45am - 12.30pm Friday

Equine Dentistry, a guide to further understanding your horse's dental needs.

Equine Dental Care
Summit Rubber Arena, 11.00am - 11.45am Sunday

Equine Dentistry, a guide to further understanding your horse's dental needs.