The world of horses returns to the Melbourne Showgrounds for Equitana, a four‐day spectacular that celebrates all things equestrian. From elite competition to the ultimate equine shopping spree, Equitana offers a dawn-till‐dusk program filled with education seminars, entertainment, trade and elite competition.
Equitana will host over 23 elite competitions, from world cup level dressage and show jumping through to the high octane exhibition eventing as Australia's elite vie for global contention. Cowboys and cowgirls will stop, slide and spin as they partake in the Australian Open reining, cutting and barrel racing; Breeds will battle it out in the Best of Breeds Showcase; Miniature Horses will partake in MiniTana and enormous Clydesdales will challenge the Heavy Horse Showcase.
Horsemanship is high on the agenda with the -Australian Brumby Challenge' and -The way of the Horse' showcasing new, intelligent and gentle methods to start horses under saddle that dispel the old -rough and tumble' approaches. Racing Victoria will present one show horse and one show jumping class for retired racehorses, showing the diverse life-after-racing opportunities for Australian Thoroughbreds.
Equitana will offer the ultimate Christmas shopping destination for horse lovers. From saddles to stables, transport to top boots, Equitana's shopping mecca will have you covered from nose to hooves.
The education program offers over 30 unique sessions per day with 13 internationally lauded equine experts covering diverse topics from rider fitness, sports psychology through to animal telepathy. Headliner guests are Captain Mark Phillips and superstar Swede Patrik Kittel.
For horse crazy tots, tweens and teens, Equitana's kids program will include canter classes, meet‐and-greets with Olympic and World Cup Riders and intimate sessions with 24 horse breeds including miniature insta‐famous horse, -CrunchTime'.
Entertainment acts include New Zealand TV superstars, the Wilson Sisters, Double Dan's of Australia's Got Talent fame, dressage freestyle to music, and David Manchon and his Rooftop Express show, complete with bulls, bikes and more.
An event for all ages, Equitana offers a unique preview into the lifestyle encompassing the horse.
Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th November
9.00am – 10.00pm
Melbourne Showgrounds. Epsom Road, Ascot Vale VIC
Prices start from $48 for an adult and $129 for a family of five general admission. Free metropolitan public transport is included with all pre‐purchased tickets
www.equitana.com.au or at the gate