Equitana Melbourne

EQUITANA Melbourne 2021 is officially postponed to November 11 – 14, 2021. Tickets will be re-released in the coming months.

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event schedule

THERE IS PLENTY TO SEE AND EXPLORE AT EQUITANA MELBOURNE 2021.​

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Thursday 11th

  • Competiton

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Thursday November 11th
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Rowville Competition Arena

Jumping 1.30m Class

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Thursday November 11th
9:30 am to 10:15 am
Education Theatrette

The use of Thermography in performance horse management

This lecture will outline the following: Equine thermography and what it can help detect: How thermography works to detect, monitor and prevent certain injuries and conditions. How thermography can assist with performance management. How thermography should be used: The importance of accurate application for thermography to achieve reliable results to assist with Veterinarian diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of equines.

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Thursday November 11th
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Think Fencing Arena

Working Equitation

Following on from the 2018 star presenter of World Champion Pedro Torres, Working Equitation has moved from showcase event to a competition in its own right at Melbourne 2021.
Performance with purpose, highly skilled horses and rider, displaying how to manoeuvre around a course with high precision, elegance and grace. They make it look effortless and so graceful. High level dressage horses, high level course, this is where you will see amazing skill, communication and timing all rolled into one.

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Thursday November 11th
9:45 am to 10:30 am
EQUITANA Classroom

Treatment plans for illness & long term health

Using a combination of natural therapies and science, I will outline how we plan treatments via herbal medicine, nutrition, musculature and various modalities to achieve long term success.

Holistic medicine considers the horse as being complete in the treatment of dis-ease and as such, it is vitally important to ensure that any illness of the horse is not compartmentalized but rather treated as a whole.

It is only when the “whole” horse is treated and the desired outcome is to strengthen the entire body, that long term health, comfort and happiness is achieved. Sharing tips on how to uncover anomalies will allow owners to treat early and form a better connection to their horse.

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Thursday November 11th
10:00 am to 10:45 am
DEG Australia Demonstration Arena

Become a better horseman

Bruce believes establishing the basics and providing people with methods helps eliminate  rider frustration and confused horses. Covering the physical, mental, and emotional state of the horse is essential in moving forward . Individual exercises, for individual partnerships result in better communication between horse and rider.

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Thursday November 11th
10:00 am to 10:45 am
Off The Track Boulevard Arena

Exercises to improve your riding

For most of us who love horse riding, we are not genetically designed to have the perfect equitation seat, however that does not mean we can not improve what we do have!

During this interactive session, discover your personal posture and how your strengths, weaknesses, imbalances and asymmetries affects both your horse and you as a rider. Learn simple effective techniques you can do quickly from the comfort of your home to improve your balance, stability, strength, body awareness and coordination which are suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. Create a strong stable seat so you can improve your riding and transform your horse.

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Thursday November 11th
10:30 am to 11:15 am
Education Theatrette

Equine biomechanics

The basic anatomy involved in correct posture and movement/ how to optimise muscle development for a healthy horse that is pleasant to ride.

The biomechanical laws which determine the order of the Training Scale and why this order is so important. Why suppleness is so important for all later stages of training, how to recognise the signs of suppleness and how to achieve this with your horse. The issue of natural crookedness and its implications on training.

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Thursday November 11th
10:45 am to 11:30 am
EQUITANA Classroom

Sustainable hoof protection ‘Good Vibrations’

This lecture will showcase alternatives for protecting equine hooves effectively and sustainably; addressing that elusive goal of achieving both athletic performance and long term soundness.

It will be presented by Farrier Andrew Bowe who is working in the middle ground between bare hoofcare and metal shoeing. First up, Andrew Bowe will frame the scene with a discussion on why working equines need hoof protection and why hoof function must be preserved for optimizing the chance of long term soundness.

Andrew will then showcase a number of different options that cover most bases for working equines, with a focus on affordability and practicality.

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Thursday November 11th
10:45 am to 11:30 am
Schockemohle Sports Demonstration Arena

Solving & preventing problems with your horse

Simple ways to keep horses healthy and pain free. Easy ways to monitor horse health from head to toe to enhance performance. Ways to identify if it’s pain or a behavioural problem. Tips to keep the doctor away that many elite riders are still unaware of.

Q & A session on any topic related to helping the working horse.

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Thursday November 11th
11:15 am to 12:00 pm
DEG Australia Demonstration Arena

Riding from the ground

Guy McLean deconstructs what many horsemen call ‘ground work’. He says the best step he took was to start calling it ‘ riding from the ground.’

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Thursday November 11th
11:15 am to 12:00 pm
Off The Track Boulevard Arena

Equine dentistry

The reasons why we do horses teeth.

Let’s look at dental anatomy. How a horse eats? Why we ‘do’ horses teeth? Dental care for performance horses. Dental care for retired/aged horses. Feeding older compromised horses.

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Thursday November 11th
11:30 am to 12:15 pm
Education Theatrette

Gastric Ulcers in Horses – What’s new and what you need to know

World leading expert A/Prof Ben Sykes takes us through everything that’s new in Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) and what you need to know, all in an easy to digest way. This includes an update on today’s terminology, the differences between ESGD and EGGD, and what it all means for your horses.

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Thursday November 11th
11:30 am to 1:45 pm
Rowville Competition Arena

Jumping Trailrace 1.40m Class

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Thursday November 11th
11:45 am to 12:30 pm
EQUITANA Classroom

Arena construction and restoration

Outlining the Arena Construction Process to suit Australian conditions from the initial stages of choosing your construction professional right through to completion. Topics covered include Sub-Structure, Drainage, Surfaces and Maintenance for the life of your Arena.

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Thursday November 11th
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
Schockemohle Sports Demonstration Arena

Side Saddle through the ages & into modern day

We’ll look at the origins of side saddle and the physical adaption of the saddle through the centuries to what we know it as today and why it adapted the way it did.

Parts of the side and their function, fitting a horse and rider for a side saddle correctly and how it differs to that of an astride saddle. Correct rider turnout/dress through the ages and into the modern day. Where you can/can’t ride side within Australia and how certain association rules (like whip length) may affect you. Choosing a horse to ride side saddle.

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Thursday November 11th
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
DEG Australia Demonstration Arena

Classical dressage and bridleless

In my presentation I will be explaining what classical dressage is and the importance of it in keeping a horse sound, healthy and willing in both its work and its overall wellbeing. I’ll be talking about what spinal alignment is, the function of the body beneath the surface of what we can see and how we as riders are effecting the functioning of the horse biomechically when we work them.

Understanding basic anatomy allows us as riders and horse people to be able to promote correct muscle development, the stronger the structural foundation the more physically able and therefore willing to perform is the horse.

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Thursday November 11th
12:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Grand Pavilion Indoor Arena

TWOTH – Day 1

This year TWOTH is a state vs state battle.  With competitors representing 3 different states, the stakes are higher as our competitors work to claim victory for their home state.

This electrifying horsemanship contest will have you excited to come back each day to keep tabs on the progress of each trainer and their horse.  The end results will leave you in awe!

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Thursday November 11th
12:30 pm to 1:15 pm
Education Theatrette

A happy hind gut equals a happy horse

Larissa will discuss the hind gut as an organ, how and why hind gut acidosis occurs, and the relevant nutritional management to maintain tip top gut health!

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Thursday November 11th
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
EQUITANA Classroom

The functional equine distal limb

Basic anatomy of the distal limb. How the hoof functions, common pathologies, and how to maintain a sound functioning hoof.

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Thursday November 11th
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Schockemohle Sports Demonstration Arena

Obstacle training for partnership & competition

Obstacle training is becoming increasingly popular in Australia with rapidly growing interest in competitions such as Extreme Cowboy Racing, but also for many riders who just want to develop a great partnership with their horse! Georgia Kolovos and husband Jimmy compete regularly in Extreme Cowboy Racing, as well as running clinics and lessons helping people to use obstacles to create brave and willing horses. This demonstration will cover training horses on obstacles for developing a good partnership by creating a brave and willing horse. The competitive side will also be discussed, giving some insight into the exciting sport of Extreme Cowboy Racing.

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Thursday November 11th
1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Think Fencing Arena

Kelato Breed Display

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Thursday November 11th
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm
DEG Australia Demonstration Arena

The Pathway to Liberty

Dan Steers will share the Double Dan Ground Control program.

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Thursday November 11th
1:45 pm to 2:30 pm
Off The Track Boulevard Arena

Feeding the Off The Track horse

Feeding horses during the transition from racehorse to their new career as a performance or pleasure horse can be a tricky one! While the horse’s metabolic rate is still high, yet not always very efficient, and with the consideration in mind for safe weight gain, while avoiding hyperactive behaviours, it is one of the most common questions that we get asked.

How do we achieve all these things safely? Working through this question, and addressing common considerations and solutions, Kentucky Equine Research, in conjunction with Racing Victoria will provide advice for the growing Off The Track network.

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Thursday November 11th
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Rowville Competition Arena

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 show their horses training, then after a few minutes to change saddle, move quickly into a fast paced cross country and show jumping course- all in the EQUITANA outdoor arena! This event, is a great backdrop to watch this high octane equestrian sport while enjoying an early dinner before the night program kicks in.

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Thursday November 11th
2:15 pm to 3:00 pm
EQUITANA Classroom

Horse First Aid

Wounds, colic, abscesses, eye injuries, choke…… Equine emergencies happen every day.

Much as we don’t like to think about it your horse could be next.  Are you ready?  Do you know what to do?

In this talk Amanda Edwards gives an overview of the common horse emergencies and the practical actions you can take to help your horse before the Vet arrives. This talk will give you confidence in knowing the right thing to do at the right time and could even be life saving!

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Thursday November 11th
2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Education Theatrette

The Horse’s Super Power – Making the Invisible Visible

Horses are the ultimate teacher. With the right guidance, they can make us aware of our unconscious behaviours and biases and the impact these have on the people around us. They do not know or care about our looks, wealth or status – they simply respond to whether we make them feel safe or not. And thereby provide honest, immediate and unbiased responses to our energy, intention, actions and body language as an individual and in groups.

When we understand these interactions and the meaning they hold for us, we can use this-depth self-awareness in our everyday personal and professional environments for healthier and happier relationships.

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Thursday November 11th
2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
DEG Australia Demonstration Arena

Training with the garrocha for horse and rider

Part One – Demonstrate methods to introduce a new horse to the garrocha for the first time in a way that is safe for both horse and rider. Including pick up and drop off of the garrocha in the barrel and collection of the ring, for the working equitation obstacle phase. Developing a horse that is calm and relaxed about the rider carrying and working with the garrocha.

Part Two – Demonstrate correct techniques to train with the garrocha on an experienced working equitation horse for smooth pick up and drop off of the garrocha in the barrel for working equitation competition. Developing the skill for the rider to be able to do this at collected canter and at speed safely and accurately

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Thursday November 11th
3:00 pm to 3:45 pm
Off The Track Boulevard Arena

Understanding the equine back

We sit on it but what do you really know about it?

The back is a complex structure made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones, but the most important aspect is that it is not designed to carry weight from above. This talk will look at the aspects of the back that we need to know as riders. How flexible is it really, where is the weakest point, what does a vertebrae actually look like etc. We will look at how to palpate the back to assess for any pain or discomfort and massage techniques that everyone can do to help their horses backs to be pain free. As well as look at some back strengthening exercises that are easy to do.

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Thursday November 11th
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm
Schockemohle Sports Demonstration Arena

Preparing your child for horses

Bringing your child into the horse world can be a daunting but extremely rewarding experience. In this presentation we cover where to begin with first introductions, safe mounting and dismounting, including fall safety and how to tell when you need to step in and when your child ready to move off lead.

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Thursday November 11th
3:45 pm to 5:45 pm
Grand Pavilion Indoor Arena

Jumping Collective Masterclass

Featuring Jamie Kermond & James Paterson-Robinson

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Thursday November 11th
4:15 pm to 5:00 pm
EQUITANA Classroom

Digestive Health is the key to good health

Digestive health can impact so many factors of our horse’s health and wellbeing, including performance, behaviour, immunity, coat condition, and body weight.

Understanding the difference between common gastrointestinal disorders such as gastric ulcers, inappetence, colic, hindgut ulcers and acidosis is important to ensure optimal dietary management. We will explore the difference between certain gastrointestinal symptoms, conditions, feeding and management strategies.

With the explosion of gastric supplements on the market, we will examine the key ingredients available and dig through the marketing claims to help horse owners make informed choices for their horses.

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Thursday November 11th
4:15 pm to 5:00 pm
Off The Track Boulevard Arena

Drawing horse to capture real form and movement – Stage 1

Join in – with class participation create a lifesize tonal drawing of a horse in charcoal demonstrating and teaching class skills of seeing and handling of media. We will also cover basics of composition in relation to the negative space as it becomes a landscape or architecture.

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Thursday November 11th
4:15 pm to 5:00 pm
Schockemohle Sports Demonstration Arena

Developing a cool, calm & relaxed mindset for horse & rider

Horses are naturally emotional animals and we need to be mindful of this & how we react is very important. Using Adam’s simple methods to develop confidence in both horse & rider will assist in breaking down the barriers and this ever changing equilibrium. We need to get through our own emotional blockages to be able to progress with our horses. We need to understand horse’s fears & phobias & also our own fears & phobias and then our strong points. To develop a cool, calm relaxed and supple mind set we need to challenge ourselves and our horses to get through the other side. “We don’t learn our biggest lessons from our successes, you have to let it go a bit wrong to to a bit right”

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Thursday November 11th
4:30 pm to 5:15 pm
Education Theatrette

Promoting your equestrian business online

The presentation will briefly go through all aspects of promoting your equestrian business from small to large, online including your website, google, social media, email marketing and other avenues you may not have thought of!

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Thursday November 11th
5:15 pm to 6:00 pm
Schockemohle Sports Demonstration Arena

Finding the perfect equine partner

It doesn’t matter you are looking to buy your first horse or your fiftieth, the basic principles are the same, but it is easy to forget them when dealing with the emotions attached to looking for your new equine partner.

Looking for the perfect equine partner should not be a stressful experience, it should in fact be fun! If you follow some basic principles, and make sure that you stick to them, you can take much of the stress out of buying a horse. It is worth taking the time to be well prepared to save the heartache and cost of trying to fix a problem later that could have been avoided.

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Thursday November 11th
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Grand Pavilion Indoor Arena

Night Show – Jumping Full Flight

Friday 12th

  • Competiton
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Friday November 12th
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Grand Pavilion Indoor Arena

Young Rider FEI Dressage

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Friday November 12th
9:15 am to 12:45 pm
Rowville Competition Arena

50th Anniversary Australian Stock Horse Association

The Australian Stock Horses are back in 2021, to start off their celebration of the studbook being 50 years old, we will be featuring a 3.5 hour program. The Stock Horse Challenge is a super test of rider and horse agility, versatility and trainability- come and see our Aussie born and bred horses work around tests of speed and obedience to find the champion Aussie Stockhorse for 2021!

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Friday November 12th
9:15 am to 10:15 am
Think Fencing Arena

Jumping Education

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Friday November 12th
9:30 am to 10:15 am
Education Theatrette

The Horse’s Super Power – Making the Invisible Visible

Horses are the ultimate teacher. With the right guidance, they can make us aware of our unconscious behaviours and biases and the impact these have on the people around us. They do not know or care about our looks, wealth or status – they simply respond to whether we make them feel safe or not. And thereby provide honest, immediate and unbiased responses to our energy, intention, actions and body language as an individual and in groups.

When we understand these interactions and the meaning they hold for us, we can use this-depth self-awareness in our everyday personal and professional environments for healthier and happier relationships.

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Friday November 12th
9:30 am to 10:15 am
Off The Track Boulevard Arena

Show Horse – Prep for success

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Friday November 12th
9:45 am to 10:30 am
EQUITANA Classroom

Building a Top-line in your horse using weights

Out with tie-downs and in with natural muscle building techniques for better kinder outcomes. The Equine Veterinary World is using Physiotherapy in their treatment regimes more and more.

Physiotherapy treatment and rehab are applied to horses with success. Physiotherapy strength training can now be applied to the performance horse to build a strong top line with increased muscle bulk for better balance, power, and performance. Strength training programs for horses have traditionally been based around empirical knowledge, using hill work, fast work jumping, etc. Now weight training can be added to your horses’ training or rehab program for better health and performance. Kind, safe effective

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Friday November 12th
10:30 am to 11:15 am
Off The Track Boulevard Arena

What is your horse thinking, and why?

Horses are intuitive beings, so it is understandable that they have an intuitive language. A silent language they use to communicate not only with each other but also with YOU if you care to listen. Haven’t you ever wondered, if you knew exactly what your horse was thinking and feeling at any one moment, you could change the outcome?

Often inappropriate behaviour is a simple misunderstanding between horse and human. What is important to you, may not be important to your horse. Reaching compromise and respect is about joining two perspectives while creating equality and harmony.

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Friday November 12th
10:30 am to 11:15 am
Education Theatrette

Equine Biomechanics

The basic anatomy involved in correct posture and movement/ how to optimise muscle development for a healthy horse that is pleasant to ride. The biomechanical laws which determine the order of the Training Scale and why this order is so important. Why suppleness is so important for all later stages of training, how to recognise the signs of suppleness and how to achieve this with your horse. The issue of natural crookedness and its implications on training.

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Friday November 12th
10:45 am to 11:30 am
DEG Australia Demonstration Arena

My life as a nervous rider

Sandi Simons takes you through her unique training techniques for the nervous rider. Techniques to help riders who have lost their confidence through a fall, long break from riding or having a family. In this demonstration you’ll learn ground exercises and see them transferred to the saddle with huge emphasis on overcoming fear and delivering safety for the horse and rider.

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Friday November 12th
10:45 am to 11:30 am
EQUITANA Classroom

Injury rehabilitation: The Golden Path

A discussion of the process of rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries including; The importance of a veterinary diagnosis, the injury’s tissue type and repair, the rehabilitation team ‘Who should be in this team?’ Veterinarian, body worker, hoof care provider. The importance of the owner i.e. time, commitment, money, etc the horse’s age, training, nutrition, mental/emotional capacity, etc. Rehabilitating the whole horse, environment, surfaces, weather, confinement, equipment.  The importance and value of a program and the building blocks.  Exercises for different injuries i.e muscular v’s neurological. How to measure progress. Dealing with set backs.

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