Equitana Australia 2024: Your Ultimate Guide
Get ready for the equestrian event of the year! Equitana 2024 is just around the corner, and it promises to be an unforgettable experience for horse enthusiasts. Originally scheduled for 22nd November 2020, the event had to be rescheduled due to the impact of COVID-19. Now, mark your calendars for 14th-17th November 2024, as Equitana takes over the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Event Details and Venue
Equitana 2024, spanning four action-packed days, will feature 25 competitions across various disciplines, including Dressage, Western, and Jumping. The Melbourne Showgrounds will once again host this prestigious event. And here's some exciting news for ticket holders: all pre-purchased tickets will include FREE travel on public transport, including trains, trams, and buses in zones 1 & 2 for the day(s) of the ticket. Stay tuned for ticket prices as they are yet to be released.
Equitana 2024 will showcase professional-level competitions, including FEI CDI-W level Dressage and Grand Prix Show Jumping, offering a whopping $80,000 in prize money. Competitions will span various categories such as Arabians, Australian Stock Horse Challenge, Barrel Racing, Breed Lead Parade, Carriage Driving, Connexion Challenge, Dressage GP and Freestyle, Equitana Reining Masters, Express Eventing, Heavy Horse, Horse Ball, Jump and Drive, Minitana, Show Horse, ShowJumping Program, Sporting Horse Australia, The Liberty Championships, and Working Equitation.
A standout favorite is The Way of the Horse (TWOTH), a captivating competition where three experienced trainers work with unhandled horses, showcasing their techniques and expertise.
For a detailed overview of the Equitana 2024 program, visit their official program page.
Entertainment for the Whole Family
Equitana is not just about serious competitions; it's also a place for family fun. Enjoy world-class equine entertainment with three nights of evening shows. Over 70 educators will be on hand to help you improve your skills, regardless of your discipline or ability. Attend sessions covering English and Western sports, equine health and care, natural therapies, and horsemanship.
Take advantage of the opportunity to enhance your riding technique by participating in various sessions led by international and local equine experts. From displays and seminars to Q&A sessions and demonstrations, Equitana offers a wealth of knowledge to help you become a better rider and caretaker of your horse.
Equitana 2024 is not just about competitions and entertainment—it's also an educational hub. Explore topics ranging from personal and business improvement to the health of your horse. Learn about diet and digestive health connections, the impact of feed on performance, and receive nutritional advice. Dive into sessions on hoof care function, treatment, and preventative measures.
Discover traditional and natural remedies in sessions covering everything from First Aid for horses to pony pilates and horse yoga for treating muscle aches and pains. Find out more about the educational offerings at Equitana Melbourne 2024 here.
Shopaholics, rejoice! One of the most anticipated aspects of Equitana is the Sales. With a massive 350 exhibitors, you can shop till you drop, finding everything you need under one roof. Explore horse gear, rider clothing, equipment, and feed in a dedicated shopping precinct.
The Sales are divided into four main areas:
- Breed Village: Learn about various horse breeds and interact with breeders.
- Art Precinct: Adorn your space with unique artwork, with over 200 meters on display for purchase or customization.
- Indoor Precinct: Explore items from around the globe, with 300 Australian businesses featuring a wide array of products.
- Outdoor Precinct: If you're in the market for a new float or larger items, this is the place to be.
For a full list of exhibitors, head over to the Equitana exhibitions page.
Get ready for Equitana 2024—four days of thrilling competitions, family-friendly entertainment, educational opportunities, and an unrivaled shopping experience. Don't miss out on the equestrian event of the year!