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Nine Network to Screen Equestrian Grand Final - Midday 1 January

Published on 21.12.2011
Did you miss the action from the 2011 Equestrian Grand Final held at EQUITANA Sydney? Do not fear - you can catch the highlights from the Equestrian Grand Final in a one hour television package on Channel 9 on 1 January 2012, 12noon - 1.00pm (check local guides for more details). The television highlights will feature some of the best action from the Dressage, Jumping and Exhibition Eventing as well as go behind the scenes and talk to some of the stars of the sport, the emerging talent and look at their equestrian journey. ...


The Lowdown on the Showdown that was EQUITANA!!

Published on 15.11.2011
The dust has settled on Equitana and all that remains are the echoes of cheering crowds and thundering hooves. From the top class international stars to local heroes across all disciplines, this once in a lifetime experience was an outstanding event, that really did showcase everything related to our beloved equine friends. ...


EQUITANA - Double Dans Show Video

Published on 14.11.2011
Peter Haynes, of In the Limelight, has done a great video of the Double Dans Show at Equitana. Enjoy!


EQUITANA - New Eventing Competition Proves a Winner for Rose

Published on 13.11.2011
Beijing Olympic silver medallist Shane Rose tonight took out the inaugural Exhibition Eventing title in front of thousands at the Equestrian Grand Final at Sydney Showgrounds. The enthusiastic crowd cheered on some of the country's best stars with plenty of excitement including a few spills, a few near misses and overall red hot competition. ...


EQUITANA - Congratulations to Greg Powell - Winner of The Way Of The Horse

Published on 13.11.2011
On Sunday 13 November, Horse Handler Greg Powell won The Way Of The Horse at Equitana in front of thousands of spectators at Sydney Olympic Park. The Way of the Horse is a pressure test over three-days. Greg was just one of three Australian leading horse trainers who demonstrated their specialised skills in starting young horses. All three of the trainers were able to successfully ride a previously unhandled 2-year-old horse in three days. This feat was accomplished in only 75 minutes each day, under very strict rules about how much time each trainer could spend with the horse. ...


EQUITANA - Equestrian Grand Final Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle

Published on 13.11.2011
Olympian Heath Ryan took a big gamble last night when he decided to try out new music for the Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle at the Equestrian Grand Final – but that gamble paid off when he took out the inaugural title at the Sydney Showgrounds in front of a packed house. The shake up to the routine certainly impressed the judges with Heath and Regardez Moi finishing on 71.950% ahead of New Zealand’s Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello (70.275%) and Chantal Wiggan and Ferero (69.475%). ...


EQUITANA - Saturday 12 November - Wrap Up and Results

Published on 12.11.2011
Another big day at Equitana done and dusted! Today's highlights included the Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud Dressage Clinic, held in the Dome arena this morning, which was hugely popular and enjoyed by all who attended. The Way of the Horse took over the Dome arena again this afternoon, with the competition hotting up! By the end of the day Greg Powell was riding his little horse around bareback, with a roller and saddle pad. David Manchon and Dan Maloney were getting on well with theirs and both had saddles on, but hadn't mounted up at this stage. ...


EQUITANA - Equestrian Grand Final Jumping Grand Prix

Published on 11.11.2011
Tonight's Equestrian Grand Final Jumping Grand Prix saw a 4000 strong crowd cheering on competitors over a tight and exciting indoor course, featuring similarly challenging conditions to those found at the big European jumping shows! Fifteen of Australia's top showjumpers battled it out in the first round, with Cathy Graham and Da Vinci's Pride being the only clear. Ten horses went into the jump off and the rails continued to topple until Amanda Madigan riding Oakes Altes came out and pulled off a lovely clear, leaving her on her first round score of 12 faults. There was more bad luck for competitors until third last to jump, David Dobson riding As Akon, also managed a very nice clear, which left him on four faults. ...


EQUITANA - Friday 11 November - Wrap Up and Results

Published on 11.11.2011
Today was another huge day at Equitana with so much to see and do you seriously need a head on swivel and the ability to be in 10 places at once! On the competition front, the day started with the Equestrian Grand Final CDI-W Grand Prix Dressage in the Dome Arena, which was a joy to watch, with some top dressage horses performing. A very excited Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello (who are both Kiwis) were the winners of this prestigious event with a score of 68.468%, ...


EQUITANA - Open Reining Championships

Published on 10.11.2011
The atmosphere was electric tonight when the first night of Equitana kicked off in style with the Open Reining Championships! Loud rock and country music, top horses, plenty of fast riding and super sliding gave the enthusiastic Equitana crowd heaps to cheer about and cheer they did, making sure the riders knew how much we were appreciating their runs. ...


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