Saturday 19th September 2015
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Ladies and gentleman, here is the announcement that you've all been waiting for!

The Horseland QLD Festival of Dressage International Guest Masterclass presenter for 2015 is the newly appointed QLD State Squad coach... BJARNE ELEFSEN!

Bjarne Elefsen is an accredited International trainer, achieveing his credentials in Denmark. Over the years, Bjarne has produced many National and International Grand Prix horses, and coached many more to International Grand Prix standard. He has also worked with some of Denmarks greatest riders and trainers, namely Anne Grethe Toernblad, who was World Champion on the great Martzog. In recent times he was the head trainer and rider at Hasse Hoffmann Training and Sales Barn in Ebeltoft; and has been the test rider for the Danish Warmblood Society on numerous occasions.

Bjarne is the current Australian Assistant Dressage coach, and has worked with the National Squads over the last two years.

Recently, Bjarne's time is being shared between Australia and Denmark, and he is always very busy teaching riders at all levels. Bjarne says, "There are no shortcuts in this sport and I work very closely with all my pupils to ensure that the training is correct and that the partnership and horses welfare are paramount. My training is based on purity of the sport and enabling riders to gain a great deal more experience and knowledge of how the horse and rider must work together, and the rider having a good understanding of the time and mechanics of each individual horse, to reach its full potential."

This Announcement is a DOUBLE WHAMMY of pure AWESOMENESS, so hold on to your Breeches!

First, we are absolutely thrilled to introduce a new sponsor to our Festival stable of super stars - PETER HOROBIN SADDLERY! With this news… which in itself is so exciting for all of us, we therefore introduce 'The Peter Horobin Saddlery Equine Interactive Zone’.

A brand spanking new initiative for the Festival, the Peter Horobin Saddlery Equine Interactive Zone is a new undercover precinct, with mini arena and grandstand seating (so we can get up close and personal to the action!). The Zone will house LIVE HORSE demonstrations on health, wellbeing, veterinary, dental and farriery science, topped of with two demonstrations from Peter Horobin himself. (1) Saddlefit Diagnostics - The effects and long term damange on equine back health due to an ill fitting saddle. Tools to take home to recognise when your saddle doesn't fit and what you can do about it. (2) Horse Anatomy Vs Saddle Suitability - Find out how to save money when buying a saddle. Learn the key features of your horse and how you can go about finding a suitable saddle to fit. See a difficult horse to fit and discover how Peter would go about fitting a suitable saddle and why.

See? Excitement PLUS! We’ll be introducing you to more of our outstanding array of presenters for the Peter Horobin Saddlery Equine Interactive Zone in the coming days. Better hold on to your Boots as well as your Breeches.

We are delighted to Announce the date of the HORSELAND 2015 QLD Festival of Dressage as Saturday, 19 September 2015 at QSEC!

Held again at QSEC (Caboolture), please come along for the ride with us and share with your friends as we bring lots of exciting news your way - there are new inclusions to our programme as well as all your favourites and we know you'll be as thrilled and excited as we are!

Your Festival team will be bringing a truly amazing array of demonstrations and presenters this year, as well an international Master Class guest we know you will all enjoy and benefit from, we can't wait!

Stay tuned as we introduce all these wonderful developments with you, as well as news from our sponsors and some great competitions :)

Tickets will be available ONLINE soon so the Annual HORSELAND QLD Festival of Dressage countdown is now ON!

With the 8th Annual QLD Festival of Dressage behind us, we'd like to thank an amazing voluntary committee who work tirelessly and selflessly to bring this celebration of dressage to life.

We cannot do it without the support of extraordinary sponsors, including Horseland, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Prydes Easifeed, QLD Hire, Equestrian Land Developments, International Horse Breeders, The Saddle Fitter, Hi Form & Johnsons Natural Formula, Horsezone, Mitavite, and Remi Stud.

To Horseland, we thankyou so much for your ongoing partnership with our event, which allows us to bring the event to life.

Also, a particular thanks to Pryde’s Easifeed, who sponsored our Master Class with Anna Merveldt.

To Anna, what can we say! Thankyou for travelling all the way from your family and horses in Italy, to share some of your tremendous experience and knowledge with us. Your enthusiasm for training radiates from you, and I know you have inspired hundreds of people with your golden drops of wisdom throughout the week’s clinics and at The Festival. We hope that you have had a great time with us Aussies and that you’ll want to come back!

To our other International guest, Scott McKenna (aka Harold the Horse), thankyou for entertaining us once again!

To our interstate presenters, Dr Andrew McLean, Stuart Tinney, Jacqui van Montfrans and Antoinette Foster, thankyou for travelling to and being part of our event. Please know you have inspired SO MANY people!

To our local presenters, Mary Seefried, Mark Lilley, Sally George, Penny Newbold and Fiona Edwards, thankyou for sharing your knowledge and time.

The QLD Festival of Dressage committee also thanks the participating members of the 2014 Dressage QLD State Squad for being part of the event and inspiring all with their breathtaking work, and to the IC Frith and Associates QLD State Young Rider Squad for their wonderful display, and help throughout the day.

We thank Equestrian QLD and Dressage QLD for their support; and we thank Bronwyn Dickinson and the team at QSEC for their endless help and professionalism to help us run this event.

We would like to thank the amazing AVP Production team for their technical brilliance, patience and dedication to the success of this event.

Thankyou to the wonderful trade vendors, and stallion owners, for adding such exciting atmosphere to this unique event; and to all those who donated goods and services to the Festival Raffle and Silent Auction. In particular to Leesa Murray who donated her beautiful Grand Prix dressage horse, APH True Seville for someone to WIN a lesson on.

An enormous thankyou to all 38 of our amazing Festival volunteers, and to our commentators, Sheryl Herring and Liz Coe.

And to our working CREW, who definitley would have covered marathon distances on set up, event and pack down days.

To each committee member, thankyou for continuing to pour your hearts and souls into this event, and to all your partners and family members for sharing you with us!

With the proceeds from this event, we have been able to give back to all avenues of the sport, the judges, competitors, clubs, volunteers and the State Squads.

And last, but not least, THANKYOU to everyone who came! It is the spectators that continue to inspire and motivate us into producing a Festival that is remembered long after it’s over. Please take the time to fill out the feedback from on our website to let us know what you would like to see at future events and on possible areas of improvement. We build this event for the spectators to fundraise for the sport in the hope that one day, it will grow big enough to earn a spot on the nightly news next to surfing and golf!

Hope to see you all next year.

Nicole Tough - Event Director

On behalf of the QLD Festival of Dressage Organising Committee

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