Equidays is excited to announce the Wade Equine Coaches Festival of
Dressage, where New Zealand’s top dressage riders will have the chance to qualify for the FEI World Equestrian Games.
Now in its seventh year, Equidays hosts international clinicians, demonstrations and seminars across all equine disciplines, as well as over 200 exhibitor sites dedicated to the equine industry.
This year organisers are excited to add the qualifying event to the already stellar line-up held from 12 – 15 October at Mystery Creek Events Centre just South of Hamilton.
Equidays event manager Ammie Hardie said the team have been working hard to make this the best Equidays yet with more announcements in the coming months.
“We’ve got some really exciting plans for Equidays 2017 and I’m really thrilled to
announce the addition of a FEI World Equestrian Games qualifying event to the line-up” said Hardie.
New Zealand’s top dressage riders will compete in the Grand Prix, with hopes of
getting a score good enough to put them in contention for a spot at the FEI World
Governed by the FEI, this level of test requires the highest level of athletic ability and concentration by both horse and rider.
FEI judges will be looking for correct execution of movements, willingness of the horse and the effectiveness of the rider’s aids.
This is a rare opportunity for riders to get the chance to qualify in New Zealand
and Equidays organisers will be working with Dressage NZ and Equestrian Sport New Zealand to bring the qualifying event to Equidays on Thursday 12 October.
After hosting an Olympic Qualifier in 2015 event organisers have learnt a lot and are looking
forward to creating the best possible environment for these riders to excel.
Mystery Creek Events Centre will transform to become the ultimate equine destination with a first class indoor arena, five outdoor arenas and three sand arenas.
Always strong advocates for education and empowerment, organisers are excited by what a high calibre event of this kind will mean for the sport.
Equidays event executive Lynley Schollum said the festival will also give 12 up-and-coming combinations the opportunity to ride the Prix St Georges in front of FEI judges and experience the atmosphere of top level competition indoors.
“An event like this is huge for the sport and huge for Equidays. We’re really looking
forward to giving these riders the chance to achieve their goals” said Schollum.
Dressage NZ were in agreeance.
“This is a valuable opportunity for riders and fans alike to enjoy the benefit from
international standard competition and training on offer” said spokesperson Wendy
Hamerton of Dressage NZ.
Late last year the FEI announced the games would be held at Tyron
International Equestrian Centre in North Carolina, from 10-23 September 2018.