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Congratulations to the finalists in the EQUITANA Melbourne Innovation Awards. We received a large amount of entries across both sections and the quality was very high. Keep an eye out on facebook as we interview and share videos on our finalists.

On Friday our winner / runner up will be notified to attend the Awards Presentation Night at 6.30pm Saturday Night...

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This year brings an exciting all-new 2018 McDowells Brumby Challenge to EQUITANA Melbourne. We look behind the scenes and have a chat with Colleen O’Brien, the woman who has driven an awareness and passion for Australia’s wild horses that has seen more than 500 Brumbies saved since 2007.

Colleen

It started with a love of horses and has grown into a lifestyle. Colleen O’Brien is a volunteer – albeit one who has spent nearly every day of the past 11 years helping Brumbies...

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Australian showjumping heads to a whole new level this week with EQUITANA Melbourne offering a $130,000 prize purse for Friday afternoon’s Grand Prix.

Forty-four combinations from across Australasia are heading to the Melbourne Showgrounds chasing the highest prize money offered in Australia.

Showjumping director Kevin Hansen is looking forward to seeing just who will come out top dog in a star-studded field including Tom McDermott, Royal Melbourne World Cup winner Jasmine Dennison, Aquis Grand Prix victor Merrick Ubank, Kiwi Kate Laurie, five-time Australian champion Chris Chugg, top competitors Clem Smith and David Cameron, World Games representative Billy Raymont, Brook Dobbin and so many more...

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If you’ve decided it’s time to add a new horse to your family, there are many things to consider – especially for first-time horse owners.

We’ve previously spoken about the responsibility of caring for horses and what is needed to ensure they lead happy and healthy lives. Buying or adopting from a reputable source is another way to ensure you’re well prepared and know what’s required to look after your new equine companion.

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New Product Launch!

Built to be portable, compact and stocked with essential first aid items, Rescue Swag Explorer is a must-have in any truck, float, stable or feedshed.  A multi-use first aid kit, the Explorer holds essential first aid items like the Indicator Snakebite Bandage, CPR mask, triangular bandage and survival blanket.  The kit itself also transforms into a SLING, SPINT and IMMOBILISATION DEVICE – A stand-out from every other kit on the market.  Our customers say Rescue Swag is their ‘peace of mind’ while they’re out adventuring, something our team can personally vouch for!

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Racing Victoria (RV) is delighted to announce that it has committed to ongoing sponsorship of EQUITANA via it’s Off The Track (OTT) program.   

EQUITANA Melbourne is a world-renowned equestrian event held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from 15th to 18th November 2018.

The 4-day show features education, entertainment, exhibition and competition to suit various interests, from a first horse owner to a professional rider.

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EQUITANA is thrilled to announce that Godolphin, the world’s largest thoroughbred breeding and horseracing team founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, will be a new sponsor this year.

Team Godolphin spans across four continents, from their home in Dubai to Europe, Australia, Japan and America. They work tirelessly to take the lead in both the lifetime care of horses and also the professional development of people working within the industry.

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A quality that’s 100 years in the making

Our tractors have revolutionised agricultural productivity for the past 100 years. Come and see us at the John Deere Pavilion to find out how we can help you transform the productivity on your property.

Using state-of-the-art technology, we forge iron and steel, rubber and glass into machines of the highest possible standards. John Deere has a passion for quality engineering - and it shows, in every nut, bolt and weld of our compact utility tractors.

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A lot! We’re a small team but we pack a lot in! Our parent company is Leader Equine and we are an Australian family-owned business who are the distributors for Horseware Ireland products like Rambo, Rhino and Amigo rugs & their healthcare products like Sportz-Vibe Massage rugs, Ice-Vibe cold circulation boots and the first ever truly anatomical bridle (almost 10years ago now!), the Rambo Micklem.  You can check out the range here www.horseware.com.au  We also distribute in Australia for Thoroughbred Remedies Manufacturing, or TRM. A world-renowned equine nutritional supplement brand. You can find out more here www.trmsupplements.com.au

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Opening line: A lightweight, easy-care All Purpose saddle that includes top performance features, the WintecLite All Purpose truly offers half the weight and double the fun!

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Proudly presented by Rowville Horse Trailers, The EquiVan by Rowville, takesProudly presented by Rowville Horse Trailers, The EquiVan by Rowville, takes equine transport and luxury caravan accommodation to the next level.

Show cased front and centre in the Outdoor Truck/Float area, Rowville’s new EquiVan offers the stylish synergy sort by clients who find themselves searching for a unit that merges a multitude of recreations for their family.

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The Mcnaughton family led by Bruce with his wife Julie, son Ben and his partner Laura have been involved with the sport of campdraft for over five decades. Six time world champion winner Bruce has accumulated many significant campdraft accolades and notched up hundreds of competition wins throughout his stellar career and is recognised as one of the greatest campdraft riders of our time. The Mcnaughton family are synonymous with the sport of campdraft in Australia and alongside competing, they  breed and school horses,  helping to train the next generation of campdraft champions. 

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In the midst of the beautiful pastoral hinterland of the Yarra Ranges lies the small town of Nar Nar Goon. Hidden in the nearby hills is a property called Longvue, home to another hidden gem - the renowned dressage equestrian, Glenn Fryer.

Glenn is one of the most fundamental supporters of Australian dressage. A former international competitor himself, Glenn continues to train dressage horses to the highest level and works tirelessly to promote and support the sport.

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Steedmart is an online marketplace dedicated to equestrians!  An Online buyer and seller e-commerce community marketplace, where equine lovers can purchase anything horse related, as well as sell their second-hand tack, horse float, or even their horse.

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For nearly 50 years, the Farrell Family has been actively and passionately involved with horses. Inspired by Greg’s love for the Arabian horse, the family pursuit grew from modest beginnings in the early 1970’s to one of the continent’s leading Arabian breeding and training operations in the new millennium...

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Saturday's Mane Event is officially SOLD OUT!

Time to hit 'BUY NOW' on remaining tickets for Thursday's 'Full Flight', Friday's 'Double Dressage' and Sunday 'Western Stars' Full Day Tickets!

This is the first time EQUITANA has SOLD OUT one of the evening shows more than 7 weeks out from the event and we expect our other Feature Events to follow!

If you missed out on 'Mane Event' tickets the only way to secure your spot is with a four day all-access Super Ticket. There is only a limited number of these super value tickets left... Don't be the one to miss out!

In 2018 the Commonwealth Clydesdale Horse Society of Australia (CCHS) celebrates its 100th year. Since its inception in 1918 the CCHS has accrued 8720 members, 4400 registered Clydesdale studs and almost 30,000 registered Clydesdales. The organisation aims to uphold the breed features that made them the preferred working horse in the early 1900’s whist encouraging their versatility in hand, under saddle and in harness...

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Renowned for bringing the best horses in Australia to the one place, EQUITANA Melbourne is adding a whole new facet to its already jam-packed entertainment and competition program- an Elite Sport Horse Auction presented by Inglis.

18 of Australasia’s top young horses will be on show and on sale at EQUITANA Melbourne in the Aqualuma Grand Pavilion from 4:45pm on Saturday the 17th of November. Six premium sport horses each from three different disciplines being jumping, dressage and reining will be offered for sale in the magnificent Aqualuma Arena. This will be an exciting spectacle never before seen at EQUITANA...

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EQUITANA Melbourne is proud to introduce the first time to Australia the 2018 EQUITANA Business Awards proudly partnered with Show Pony Graphics. This new initiative has been developed to support, promote and reward our Australian Equestrian Businesses.

The Awards

The EQUITANA Business Awards are open to any business exhibiting at EQUITANA Melbourne in 2018. Finalists from each category will be selected and invited to the EQUITANA Business Awards Presentation Night. Throughout the course of EQUITANA Melbourne 2018, Finalists will be interviewed on social media...

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By harnessing the latest in LED Technology, Aqualuma’s range of energy efficient LED Lighting Solutions offer unparalleled cost savings in both power and maintenance costs.

The Premium Highbay range from 90W – 185W (High-output models from 200W to 250W) is designed specifically to replace inefficient metal halide or induction lighting used in indoor and outdoor applications, it is ideally suited to distribution centres, storage areas, factories, cold stores, warehouses, sporting facilities, ‘Big Box’ retail and arena’s...

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New 100 Series lawn tractors provide comfort and ease of use!

At EQUITANA 2018 you will be able to view John Deere’s new E120 Ride-on Mower that is part of their new 100 Series of mowers, built in the USA with genuine quality parts made to last. The new models provide side-by-side pedals and other operator convenience upgrades that create an easy-to-use experience for operating and maintenance. Especially notable, some of the new models offer a revolutionary 30-second oil change system that makes machine maintenance easy for every owner...

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New Zealand’s Vicki Wilson is set to return to EQUITANA Melbourne in 2018 for a highly anticipated Jumping Training Feature. She is hugely accomplished across all facets of equestrian – from World Cup Jumping, breaking, training, care and now in equine therapy, putting her in demand across the globe. She will be bringing all elements of her highly regarding training repertoire to her Jumping Clinic on Friday November 17...

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EQUITANA Melbourne is excited to announce the very first winner of Equi-Talent 2018 – Amelia Strivens performing Horse Archery!

Check out her application video to see her amazing talent!

Amelia is 18 and from Cairns, QLD and has been training and competing in Horse Archery for the last 5 years at a national level. She was junior National Champion before moving into senior where Amelia has been placing in the top 5 for the past 2 years and her first international competition is in Japan later this year...

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EQUITANA, Australia’s largest equine extravaganza, is returning to the Melbourne Showgrounds this year from 15-18 November. This year the event is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a spectacular star-studded series of events to be held over the four days...

2018 promises MORE of what you love, bringing the world of equine education, entertainment, exhibition and competition to the heart of Melbourne. There are only limited tickets remaining for all of our Feature Events... Don't hesiate and get yours today!

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The 2018 World Equestrian Games is about to begin and we are so excited to support all of the Australian Riders, especially those that are apart of the EQUITANA Family - Chris Burton (Eventing), Andrew Hoy (Eventing), Emma Booth (Para-Dressage) and Dan James (Reining) that you will be able to see during EQUITANA this year. See all the teams and the full schedule below...

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Growing up around horses, Ken Faulkner always felt something was just a little off in the way cowboys handled their animals.

It didn’t take this horseman long to figure out a far better way and now, decades later, he is in demand across the globe, to share his knowledge. Faulkner is one of the four invited to go head-to-head in EQUITANA Melbourne’s All-Star TWOTH. The 2012 TWOTH winner, along with Bruce O’Dell (2014 champ), Adam Sutton (2010 champ) and Kiwi Tui Teka (EQUITANA Auckland 2017 winner) will have just hours over four days to transform unhandled horses from wild to willing...

“When I was a young fella and helping my uncles with the horses, it was all old style – people were rougher but not deliberately,” says Faulkner. “Now things have progressed as people learn more.”

He was just 16 when he started to create his own style of working with horses, and over the years he’s continued to add to it along with influences from Dr Rob Miller, Tom Dorrance and others who follow a natural style of horsemanship...

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This is the year to book your tickets to EQUITANA Melbourne and to see the most talked about Arena Show in the country.

Dave Manchon’s exciting style of Equine Arena Shows are recognized as providing some of the most exciting and talked about moments seen in the Equine Industry today. After runaway success around Australia, Dave is bringing his brand new ‘Brumby Muster’ Show to EQUITANA as part of the Mane Event on Saturday evening and as stand alone show on the Rowville Competition Arena on Sunday afternoon...

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EQUITANA Melbourne is excited to partner with Steedmart to offer you the chance to win $5,000 worth of products from their HUGE range!

TO ENTER: Purchase a ticket to EQUITANA Melbourne, then enter via their site, here: https://www.steedmart.com.au/c/steedmart-equitana-5-grand-giveaway

There are three packages to choose from, but only one package will be won. The winner can choose which pack they would prefer, depending on their style of riding...

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German equestrian powerhouse Schockemöhle Sports have joined forces with EQUITANA Australia and are proudly supporting the Chris Burton Masterclass at this year’s Melbourne event.

Chris Burton is one of the star presenters and his Eventing Masterclass on Saturday, 17 November will be a highlight of the popular education program. Everyone, who is holding a General Admission ticket for the day is welcome to watch. With a rider of Chris’ calibre and talent, this is an event not to be missed!..

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Respect, communication and kindness rule when Bruce O’Dell works his magic with horses. The Way of The Horse 2014 winner is back in the round pen at EQUITANA Melbourne 2018 as one of four invited to be part of the All-Star TWOTH. O’Dell will go head-to-head with Adam Sutton (2010 TWOTH winner), Ken Faulkner (2012 champ) and Kiwi Tui Teka (EQUITANA Auckland 2017 winner) to transform unhandled horses from wild to willing over four days . . . and he can’t wait.

“For sure I am looking forward to being able to work alongside such high calibre horsemen,” says O’Dell. “Each man deserves to be there. It’s all about the horses . . . about showcasing, understanding and communicating, and showing kindness and empathy. Young horses are no different to young children.”...

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Fiber Fresh has joined EQUITANA Melbourne as a sponsor in 2018. Fiber Fresh are providers of unique high nutritional moist forage feeds, that are highly digestible providing greater levels of quality protein and safer slower release energy, supporting better gut health and providing a healthy balance to grain and concentrate feeding.

Fiber Fresh has the naming rights to two jumping competitions: the Fiber Fresh Speed Knock Out Championships in Thursday evening’s Full Flight major event; and the Fiber Fresh 1.3m Jumping Competition on Friday afternoon...

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New Zealand’s Vicki Wilson is set to return to EQUITANA Melbourne in 2018 for a highly anticipated Jumping Training Feature. She is hugely accomplished across all facets of equestrian – from World Cup Jumping to breaking, fixing to training, care and now in equine therapy putting her in demand across the globe. She will be bringing all elements of her highly regarding training repertoire to her Jumping Clinic...

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From Andalusians to Appies, Morgans to Minis, Standies to Stockhorses, the Kelato Animal Health Breed Village at EQUITANA is a celebration of all types of horses.

No matter what the breed, the one thing our horses have in common is that we, as owners, want them to be healthy and happy. Breed Village Sponsor, Kelato Animal Health, has spent over thirty years helping people with equine health and nutritional issues and has listed three of the common questions asked every day...

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Putting in a stellar performance across all three phases, Australia’s Chris Burton sealed his 2018 Series and Leg wins with an effortless Cross Country clear round inside the time on the Graf Syndicate’s Graf Liberty...

Speaking of his Series win Chris said, “This is a really special moment. I couldn’t be happier. There was a lot of pressure on me coming into this weekend, most of it I put on myself – and I was really worried I might do something silly like jump the wrong jump or something. I am thrilled for Graf Liberty’s owners and over the moon with the horse. I’ve watched the guys winning the ERM legs and thought to myself, Gee I’d love to win an ERM leg never mind the Series.”

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There’s an inner peace that’s clear to see when Adam Sutton works his magic with horses.

Sutton is one of four to go head-to-head in EQUITANA Melbourne’s All-Star TWOTH. The 2010 TWOTH winner, along with Bruce O’Dell (2014 champ), Ken Faulkner (2012 champ) and Kiwi Tui Teka (EQUITANA Auckland 2017 winner) will have just hours over four days to transform unhandled horses from wild to willing...

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Anyone who has the pleasure of being a horse owner will know the joys of their companionship. However, well-meaning potential owners aren’t always aware of the significant time and care – and the cost! - needed to keep a horse happy and healthy.

Last year, RSPCA Victoria received over 10,000 complaints of animal cruelty; nearly 2,000 of those were related to concerns about horse welfare.

RSPCA Victoria CEO, Dr Liz Walker, says that horse neglect is often not intentional, but simply a lack of understanding about the level of care needed to maintain good welfare...

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Our wonderful volunteers have once again put up their hands to help make EQUITANA 2018, our 20th Anniversary, an unforgettable event.

EQUITANA is extremely grateful to Pryde’s EasiFeed for sponsoring our volunteer program.

‘Pryde’s support of the volunteers and EQUITANA is amazing. They provide the volunteers’ uniforms and also have their own staff available in the volunteer hub to assist in anyway they can. Pryde’s EasiFeed is a family owned business and they know their products so well. Volunteers are often asking them for advice on feeding their horses. Having Pryde’s staff in the hub is a great resource for the volunteers in many different ways,’ Volunteer Manager Leasa Stephen said...

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Beginning more than fifty years ago in the world of breeding incredible Arabian show horses, Mulawa has followed a path imbued with passion, integrity and ambition. In 2010 Mulawa expanded upon its already astonishing horizons with a view into forming a new breeding program...

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EQUITANA is so proud that two of our feature presenters at this year’s event have been announced in the Australian World Equestrian Games Eventing Team.

The World Equestrian Games, held every four years, will be help in Tryon USA this September, with the Eventing Team the last to be announced by Equestrian Australia...

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This is your exlcusive opportunity to ride for some of the world's best riders while they are in Australia for EQUITANA Melbourne! Whether you are an amateur, professional or young rider - we will be selecting combinations of all levels to participate in our clinics with the stars...

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Legendary Australian eventer and seven-time Olympian Andrew Hoy is set to return to Australia as a guest of Racing Victoria’s (RV) Off The Track program for the 20th anniversary of EQUITANA Melbourne.

Hoy, now based in the UK, last attended EQUITANA in 2003 and will be delivering an exclusive training feature on behalf of Off The Track on Friday 16 November. This clinic will be complimentary for all EQUITANA attendees as part of a general admission ticket on the day...

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International horse transport company IRT has joined EQUITANA Melbourne in 2018 as a major sponsor for the 20th Anniversary year of the event. EQUITANA is delighted to have IRT as the naming rights sponsor of its exciting IRT All-Star The Way of the Horse (TWOTH) competition. This year, four previous TWOTH winners will engage in the challenge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the final on Sunday, when this year’s champion or champions will be announced...

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