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The EQUITANA Australian Open CDI-W Dressage presented by Mulawa Performance Horses and Longvue 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 Thursday morning to decide the starting order for the prestigious Freestyle, held on Friday evening.

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Mulawa Performance
Longvue Dressage

To be eligible to compete the riders will need to score a minimum of 62% in the Grand Prix at two events in the 2018 competition calendar.

Competitors will compete for a total prize pool of almost $30,000.

The evening will be opened by our Inspiring Para Equestrian Dressage Athletes in Action! This Feature will include Paralympians and Up and Coming Riders working through the various FEI Para Grades in a Freestyle, demonstrating the required and optional movements for each. The audience will have the opportunity to learn about what the judges are looking for, how the riders gain difficulty marks, and the horses which are suited to the requirements of each grade. You will also enjoy the performance of the first ever Para Quadrille.

The Ground Jury for the CDI-W are:

Ground Jury President: Jane Ventura (AUS)
Foreign Judge: Peter Storr (UK)
Ground Jury Member: Marian Cunningham (US)
Ground Jury Member: Helen Hughes-Keen (NZ)
Ground Jury Member: Mary Seefried (AUS)
Chief Steward: Deborah MacNicol (AUS)
Assistant Steward: Jan Smith (AUS)
Assistant Steward: Kim Anning (AUS)
Permitted Treating Veterinarian: Simon Bray (AUS)
Veterinary Delegate: Dr John Walker (AUS)

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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.

Horse and rider combinations are required to perform, at the walk, trot and canter, a prescribed pattern of movements that make up a dressage test. Each movement is awarded a mark between zero (not executed) and 10 (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.


Aqualuma Grand Pavilion
Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm
Grand Prix

Aqualuma Grand Pavilion
Friday 7:00pm - 10:30pm

Past Champions

2016Mary Hanna riding Sancette

2014Heath Ryan riding Regardez Moi