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Competitions

Western

Ranch Horse

One of the fastest growing western disciplines in Australia in recent years – Versatility Ranch Horse promotes true versatility of both horse and rider, with manoeuvres and obstacles designed to replicate or mimic those that would be encountered whilst working on the Ranch.  Forward, ground covering movement and responsiveness to the riders’ cues, whilst maintaining a calm demeanour, are essential qualities of a good ranch horse.  The ability to move from one task to another fluidly without resistance is also highly regarded – a true ranch horse could be out checking fences one moment and rounding up a stray cow the next!

Run by the Ranch Horse Association of Australia Inc and showcasing the best of Versatility Ranch Horse, the inaugural RHAA EQUITAMA Open Ranch Horse Invitational competition will see ten of Australia’s top Ranch Riders tackle the various dry work (non-cattle) elements of Versatility Ranch – Ranch Riding, Ranch Reining and Ranch Trail.  Riders will be required to show their horse at the walk, trot and lope as well as showing extension of these gaits, whilst tackling various obstacles along the way.  Lead changes, spins, dragging or picking up objects, opening and closing a gate, roping, crossing a bridge and even a jump are just some of the skills that could be called upon!  With a pattern designed to challenge the competitors and entertain the audience, watch as horse and rider combinations navigate their way through the course as correctly and efficiently as possible in their effort to become the inaugural RHAA Equitana Open Champion!

Showing

Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance Australasian Cup

Arabians are arguably one of the most photogenic horses of the world. Their beauty and unique style is once more on display at EQUITANA 2022 during three hours of competition…

Competition

Australian Brumby Challenge

The Australian Brumby Challenge is a 150 day event, limited to 12 trainers who take their Brumby home to train for the 150 day period, sending in fortnightly updates which…

Competition

Barrel Racing

Top level Barrel Racing is another feature at EQ MEL2022! Barrel racing is an exciting sport where the winner is determined by just thousandths of a second. No matter how…

Showing

Breed Led Competition

The led parade is a feature event of horses and ponies. From the tiny Mini to the Gypsy Cob, Appaloosa to Shire- many breeds will be at EQUITANA, which one…

Dressage

CDI-W Dressage/Freestyle & FEI YR Dressage

It wouldn’t be EQUITANA without Dressage! With our country’s best Grand Prix and youth riders competing.  We will also get a taste of the future of our sport. This year’s…

Jumping

Express Eventing

Eventers too will get to showcase their sport, often described as the triathlon of Equestrian Sports. In this condensed version, you will see riders do a short dressage test to…

Horsemanship

Liberty Championships

EQUITANA’s inaugural Liberty Championship will showcase trainers and their horses presenting a Liberty ‘freestyle’.  The competition highlights the connection between horse and trainer which is established over many hundreds of…

Showing

MiniTana

MiniTana, the crowd favourite is BACK in 2024! Once again watch these little horses and ponies prove they may be tiny in stature, but they are sure big in heart!…

Western

NCCA Cowboy Challenge

The National Cowboy Challenge Association (NCCA) is a Non Profit Organization. Their mission is to foster a willing partnership between horse and rider, navigating an obstacle course with a high…

Competition

Performance Pony Challenge

The Performance Pony Challenge at EQUITANA is the final following a number of qualifying events held during the year.  Performance ponies must not exceed 149cm with shoes, or 148cm without…

Western

Reining Masters

This is the best Reining has to offer in Australia, all together under one roof. Highest winnings ever on offer.  Top 20 riders in Australia, all handpicked, top of the…

Jumping

Showjumping Program (Featuring Grand Prix)

The ever-popular Jumping program is featured once more at EQUITANA, this year we have two jam-packed days of Jumping, Thursday we have 2 classes on the grass arena, 1.3m and…

English

Side Saddle

While mostly seen as a “ladies” sport, both men and women have been riding astride and side saddle all throughout history. These days, the discipline of side saddle is mainly…

Competition

Sporting Horse Championships

Sporting Horses can be of any size and breed and are extremely fit, fast and agile while also having a strong mind that can concentrate under extreme pressure while racing….

TWOTH

TWOTH

The Way Of The Horse (TWOTH) was created in 2005 by EQUITANA Australia to demonstrate a kinder and more caring way to start a young horse and to showcase the…

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