THE SHOWCASE EVENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN EQUINE INDUSTRY RETURNS TO MELBOURNE
EQUITANA Melbourne Melbourne Showgrounds
18th – 21st November 2010
EQUITANA Melbourne, presented by The Weekly Times, is the one event that brings together every aspect of the equine community to one venue. Four days of prominent educators, international trainers, top riders, specialist clinics, multitudes of shopping possibilities, elite competition, endless entertainment and hundreds of beautiful horses all combine to create the most action packed event seen in Australia.
- 4 days of exhibition showcasing over 300 international and Australian companies
- 16 different horse competitions, offering one of the largest prize pools in Australia
- The inaugural EQUITANA Australian Open competition In five disciplines
- 4 nights of entertainment in our purpose built 4,500 seat indoor arena
- Specialist clinics featuring internationally renowned presenters including
- Steffen Peters - Three time USA Olympian and World Cup Dressage Champion.
- Ian Francis – Australia’s internationally renowned Master Horseman.
- William Fox-Pitt - One of the most successful British Three Day Event Riders ever.
- 200 session Education program lead by international and Australian presenters
- The Way of the Horse – The Australian Horsemanship Challenge
- Breeders Village displaying 40 different horse breeds from around Australia
2010 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
THE INAUGURAL EQUITANA AUSTRALIAN OPEN
2010 will see the introduction of a new event into the EQUITANA schedule. The “EQUITANA Australian Open” will encompass all four days of EQUITANA Melbourne with world class competition and entertainment. With a collective prize pool of $300,000, it provides the opportunity to see the current superstars of five different equine disciplines perform before the 4500 seat audience in the NutriRice Grand Pavilion. Dressage, Reining, Cutting, Jumping, and Campdrafting will all be taking part in this monumental event within an event.
Specialist clinics presented by American Dressage legend Steffen Peters, the astoundingly talented horseman Ian Francis and World’s top Eventer William Fox-Pitt will be all part of an amazing line up of international and Australian professional clinicians, veterinarians, trainers and field experts. Over 200 education sessions delivered over the four days will make up a non-stop schedule of presentations, demonstrations, seminars and displays.
With 10,000 square metres of space and over 250 exhibitors housed within three pavilions, EQUITANA Melbourne will provide the Australian public with seemingly endless excuses to purchase all things equine. The exhibition also provides the unique opportunity to see all your favourite horse breeds and breeders who help support the amazing Australian equine industry.
ALL STAR SHOWCASE
The ultimate showcase of both horse and rides ability in various sport disciplines, presented by experts: Steffen Peters (Dressage), Ian Francis (Reining), William Fox-Pitt (Eventing), Rob Hodgman (Cutting), Pete Comiskey (Campdrafting), Jay Charnock (Mounted Games) and Suzette Thomas (Polocrosse). They will be combining their inestimable talents for one night of entertainment and education. A not to be missed chance to see the world’s best interact and swap horses.
THE WAY OF THE HORSE – AUSTRALIAN HORSEMANSHIP CHALLENGE
In this event, three talented horse trainers demonstrate, in a shortened format, the highly personal and specialist methods of connecting with a young horse over only two days. This fascinating contest provides the public an opportunity to be educated and entertained by three different styles of horsemanship. The Way of The Horse is an informative event, not only for Australian equine trainers, but anyone fascinated with how man and horse can work harmoniously without fear or force.
Once every two years, the international and national equestrian worlds combine, and provide Australia with the chance to enjoy a multi-discipline event which bonds the entire equine community for four days in November at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
From the SUPER TICKET, encompassing all four days with entry to all night time programs, clinics and competitions as well as education sessions and exhibitions, to the Daily Admission Tickets, there is a ticket for every budget and every horse lover. PLUS FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO THE EVENT!
TICKETS ON SALE FROM JULY 1ST see www.equitana.com.au for details
Equitana 2008 Highlights including pictures