Equitana is an Equestrian trade fair for equestrian sports, horse riders and horse lovers. The first ever equestrian trade fair first opened in 1972 in Essen, Germany. Equitana now spans three more countries and is now held in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Equitana is an equestrian extravaganza with horse competitions, a trade fair, evening shows, daily equestrian education seminars by some of the world’s best equestrians, star rider meet and greets and so much more.
The Australian version of Equitana has been running in Australia since 1999. Equitana Melbourne is a world-renowned equestrian event held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from 19th to 22nd November 2020. The 4-day show features education, entertainment, exhibition and competition to suit various interests, from a first horse owner to a professional rider. The event has also been held previously in Brisbane and Sydney and now consistently in Melbourne and has recently been alternating with Auckland, New Zealand.
Equitana Auckland was first held in Auckland in 2017 and has been hosted every 2nd alternate year with Melbourne and run by the same event company, Definitive events. Featuring New Zealand’s best competitors, global superstars in eventing, show jumping, dressage and natural horsemanship, the most comprehensive equine education programme in New Zealand with all your favorite brands under one roof. 150 Trade stands, 100 educators, 15 competition disciplines, 250 competitors and 300 horses. The guest presenters this year are Mark Todd – Eventing, Bruce Goodin – Show jumping, Al Dunning – natural horsemanship and Tristin Tucker – Dressage. This year it will be held from 21 – 24 November 2019 at the Auckland Show grounds in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Bi-annual Essen Equitana will be next held on the 13–20 March at Essen Fairground in 2021. This year there were over 1000 horses, with more than 750 exhibitors registered for the trade fair, which was visited by visitors from Germany and around the world. The Essen Equitana is one of Germany’s most visited trade fairs. Some of the stars and riders seen in 2019 were Isabell Werth, Ludger Beerbaum, Ingrid Klimke, Julia Krajewski, Linda Tellington-Jones, Monty Roberts, Christoph Hess and so many more.
Equitana USA is held in in Lexington at the famous Kentucky Horse Park from 25-27 September 2020. The equestrian event will host a combination of seminars, clinics with an education program to broaden the understanding of all things related to horses and riding. There will also be an entertaining equine-inspired evening show and many trade stands.
The 121st edition of the Fieracavalli takes place for on 4 days from 07 – 10 November 2020, Verona annually. Italy hosts an International horse festival similar to Equitana as well as hosting the Longines FEI World Cup Show jumping at the event in Verona. The Fieracavalli is a festival for all Equestrian horse riders and horse lovers. A large variety of horses, riding clothes, riding accessories and a horse-riding competition will be exhibited. There is also a horse trade area and western area on the festival. Travel interested visitors can get information about the latest horse-riding travels.
Snaffle Travel will be in Auckland, New Zealand this year in Hall 2, Stand 355. Call in and say hello.