EQUITANA Australian Open - CDI-W Dressage

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Supported by Equestrian Australia, the Australian Open Dressage program is a spectacle not to be missed. 15 of Australia's top horse and rider combinations will battle it out in the Grand Prix on Friday morning to decide the starting order for the prestigious Grand Prix Kur, held on Saturday evening.

To be eligible to compete the riders will need to score a minimum of 62% in the Grand Prix at two events in the 2016 competition calander.

Competitors will compete for a total prize pool of $26,000

Competitors - Download Competition Schedule HERE
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Download Acceptance List HERE

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EQUITANA Australian Open - CDI-W Dressage

CDI-W Horse Inspection
Rowville Competition Arena
Thursday 17 November 11.30am – 12noon

First Round – CDI-W Grand Prix
Grand Pavilion
Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm

FINAL – CDI-W Grand Prix Kur
Grand Pavilion
Saturday 7.30pm – 10.30pm

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About Dressage

Dressage is considered the most artistic and intense form of horse training. Often described as ‘ballet on horseback’, its origins can be traced back as far as ancient Greece where the military trained their horses to perform movements intended to evade or attack the enemy whilst in battle. The horse and rider combination are required to perform, at the walk, trot and canter, a prescribed pattern of movements that make up the ‘dressage test’. Each movement is awarded a mark between zero (not executed) and ten (excellent). Judges look for rhythm, impulsion, calmness, obedience and submission in the horse. Movements must be fluid and effortless, and the horse must be able to move forward and sideways without any distortion of its natural rhythm and balance. The rider must not impede these movements and be relaxed and supple, he or she must become harmonious with the horse's motion.