Star Presenters

Converging on EQUITANA Auckland from around the globe are the superstars of eventing, dressage and natural horsemanship, including former world champions, Olympic stars and current elite competitors.

This is your opportunity to learn from the best in the business as they put on masterclasses to excite, entertain and educate that will leave audiences hanging on their every world. Hear what has made these consumate professionals world leaders and the types of training techniques they use to reach and remain competing at the highest level.

All of our Star Presenters will be involved in exclusive masterclasses, education sessions and Q and A sessions. You will have the opportnity to get up close and person with your idols - talk to them one-on-one, have photos taken with them and collect autographs. You won't experience anything else like this in New Zealand!

See below for our very special Star Presenters that will be convergaing on EQUITANA this November!

New Zealand eventing hero Andrew Nicholson is returning home to be part of the inaugural EQUITANA Auckland.

Fresh off the back of his win at the Badminton Horse Trials, Nicholson is looking forward to being back on home soil alongside some of the best riders in the world.

The former world number one has an incredible riding resume which includes six Olympic Games, seven World Equestrian Games, five wins at the Burghley Horse Trials, and most recently the win at Badminton in May. Nicholson is touted as the one of the world’s greatest horseman and most certainly is one not to be missed at EQUITANA Auckland.

In 2015, Andrew faced what could have meant the end of his career, breaking his neck in a fall at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe. Nicholson has been quite open about just how fortunate he is to be back enjoying his life with wife Wiggy and his children.

His recovery back to top level competition just underlines this incredible horseman’s determination, dedication and true talent.

Super Star Trainer Heading Down Under for EQUITANA Auckland

World renowned German Gold Medal Dressage coach, Jonny Hilberath has been announced as the highly anticipated Dressage Star Presenter for EQUITANA Auckland this November!

As well as being the trainer of the current World Number 1, 2 & 3 riders, he is also the secret weapon of the unstoppable Gold Medal winning Rio Olympic German Team including:

  • Isabel Werth
  • Kristina Broring-Sprehe
  • Dorothee Schneider
  • Sonke Rothernberger

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.

“America’s Most Trusted Horseman” is heading to EQUITANA Auckland!

John Lyons is recognised as a world leader for his equine training talents . . . and we’re excited to announce him as the start 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.