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Thursday ‘Eventing’ Day – $125

SkyCity Eventing Masterclass featuring Sir Mark Todd

EQUITANA Auckland is beyond proud and excited to announce that the legendary master of equestrian sport, Sir Mark Todd will be a Star Presenter this November.

The iconic rider needs little introduction. He has two Olympic gold medals to his name, has competed at seven Olympic Games in total, a three-time medalist at the World Equestrian Games and has surmounted five Burghley wins and four Badminton Horse Trials wins.

The Eventing Masterclass will be an unmissable event of EQUITANA and a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the Master himself.

Evening Show – Sir Mark Todd – LIVE

The EQUITANA Auckland Grand Prix Dressage programme is a spectacle not to be missed. 12 of New Zealand’s top horse and rider combinations will battle it out in the Grand Prix on Thursday morning to decide the starting order for the prestigious Freestyle, held on Friday evening.

Prepare to be left star-struck as you spend an evening with the one and only Sir Mark Todd on the opening night of EQUITANA. This will be an intimate ‘this is your life’ showcase of Sir Mark, delving into the ups and downs of an incredible career that has seen him become New Zealand’s most acclaimed Olympian and equestrian legend.

Friday ‘Dressage’ Day – $115

Tristan Tucker – Dressage Masterclass

Internationally celebrated Dressage and Horsemanship trainer Tristan Tucker joins Sir Mark Todd and Al Dunning as EQUITANA Auckland’s third Star Presenter!

Tristan is world renowned for developing the ‘TRT Method’, a unique training programme regarded by the world’s best riders.

However, as Tristan explains, the TRT method is for every horse and rider whether you’re just starting out or competing at Grand Prix level.

“It’s all about giving riders the skill set to transform their horse’s life,” Tristan says.

Tristan will be delivering a one time only Masterclass event at EQUITANA!

Evening Show – Dressage Spectacular

The EQUITANA Auckland Grand Prix Dressage programme is a spectacle not to be missed. New Zealand’s top horse and rider combinations will battle it out in the Grand Prix on Friday morning to decide the starting order for the prestigious Freestyle, held on Saturday evening.

The evening will be opened by our Inspiring Para-Equestrian Dressage Athletes in Action!

Saturday ‘Jumping’ Day – $115

Bruce Goodin

Bruce Goodin – Mercedes-Benz Auckland Jumping Masterclass

Bruce Goodin is New Zealand’s most capped show jumper, having competed at four Olympic Games (Barcelona 1992, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), two World Equestrian Games (Normandy 2014 and Tryon 2018) and as part of the history-making New Zealand team to win the Nations’ Cup in Abu Dhabi last year. Describing his philosophy Goodin says; – “Always see a big picture of what you’re trying to get to. I see myself as a tradesman: I have a lot of tools of how to get there, even some go-to tools, but I don’t use the same for every horse.”

Evening Show – Mercedes-Benz Auckland Full Flight Jumping

The very best jumpers from across New Zealand will go head to head to claim the New Zealand Open crown during Friday night at EQUITANA.

Riders will compete in the qualifier on Thursday with the top 10 progressing to the grand final as part of the breath-taking Friday night show. There they will be tested not just by the very technical 1.6m course but also by the lights, smoke and other special effects taking show jumping entertainment to a new level. Strap in for an evening of incredible jumping action!

Sunday ‘Horsemanship’ Day – $100

Al Dunning – Norwood Horsemanship Masterclass

Al Dunning is what you would call an all-round talent, earning the undisputed title as one of the world’s greatest horse trainers. Most of you would associate him with the sport of Reining, having achieved over 48 World and Reserve Champion titles individually and with his students but he also an incredibly talented coach, writer, trainer and mentor.

Al Dunning is recognized the world over for his incredible equine training talents and we are excited to have him as a Star Presenter delivering the Horsemanship Masterclass on Sunday afternoon at EQUITANA Auckland this year.

The wealth of training and riding knowledge that Al Dunning brings to the table is phenomenal, so don’t miss the opportunity to learn from a true master horseman.

IRT The Way Of The Horse – Finale

IRT The Way of the Horse burst onto the scene at EQUITANA Auckland in 2017 and has well and truly become fan-favourite! Watch and learn from the best trainers from New Zealand and Australia as they battle it out for the prestigious title in this educational horse starting competition.

For the first time the Finale on Sunday will be a feature event at EQUITANA, only available to Day Ticket and Super Ticket holders. This will be exceptional afternoon of horsemanship education and entertainment that is the perfect way to finish your four days of EQUITANA!

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