Saturday 19th September 2015
QLD State Equestrian Centre Caboolture QLD
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As the winner of the 2010 and the 2014 Equestrian Queensland Event of the Year Award, this year’s Horseland QLD Festival of Dressage has mighty expectations to live up to. Now in its 9th year of bringing you a unique and spectacular day full of Dressage education, training and entertainment, we guarantee this year will be the biggest event on Australia’s equestrian event calendar... definitely a day which will be Larger than Life!

This year, the Main Arena will feature our Festival Master Class series with our guest international coach, Bjarne Elefsen. Presented by Pryde’s Easifeed, Bjarne’s Master Classes will demonstrate the training for starting the dressage horse, through to developing collection and the work for progressing towards FEI and Grand Prix. In addition to Bjarne, the Main Arena will showcase 12 ridden educational and entertainment demonstrations with live commentary from some of Australia’s leading equine professionals including Alistair McLean and his much-awaited clinic on ‘Racetrack to Riding Horse’. With esteemed professionals presenting their expertise for you this year, such as Mattea Davidson, Jenny Gehrke, Gary Lung, and Rebecca Ashton - just to name a few - the programme literally bursts from the seams with demonstrations on Tips for Riding the Hot Horse, How to Improve your Marks, How to Improve your Sitting Trot, and Tips for Training the Flying Changes.

Are you ready for more?
This year brings TWO brand new and exciting additions to the Festival - The Peter Horobin Interactive Equine Zone and the Mitavite Kids Carnival!

The Peter Horobin Interactive Equine Zone will house a series of live, up close and personal demonstrations on a series of topical and ‘must know’ seminar presentations. With live demonstration horses inside an undercover mini arena, you’ll enjoy an exclusive look at Saddle Fit Diagnostics and Equine Anatomy with Peter Horobin himself! Alistair McLean will take you through the intriguing ‘Inside the Mind of the Horse’ and you’ll enjoy a first-hand look at the work involved in veterinary farriery with Dr Grant Garcia, understanding and managing equine maturity rates with Elizabeth Owens and Lesley Goff, plus so much more including Tips on Presentation and Rider Fitness.

The Mitavite Kids Carnival under the Mitavite Big Top joins us this year and the young, and young-at-heart, equestrian enthusiasts will have a magical time! Show bags, the famous Mitavite Super Heroes, face painting, carnival games and prizes galore, and very special guests Kerri Grisham and Santiago, the stars of The Amazing Adventures of Amurath Santiago!

The always popular and visual spectacular of the Festival IHB Stallion Parade joins the action again, back with an incredible array of leading stallions on display with their service fees available via our Silent Auction.

This year, the Silent Auctions, Raffles and Prizes are the largest on offer at any equestrian event in Australia with literally thousands of dollars worth of items including the Stallion services, saddles, bridle wear, tack and clothing for horse and rider.

The always much anticipated Fashion Parade is promising to be yet another spectacular and we strongly recommend our guests start saving now to enjoy the shopping which will be available in our massive Trade Village where our enthusiastic vendors offer the latest in all things ‘Equestrian’ as well as the exclusive ‘Festival Day Only’ discounts.

Save the date and bring your friends. Saturday, 19 September 2015. Qld State Equestrian Centre, Caboolture.

Discounted Pre-Paid Tickets are available online NOW!

Pre Paid Tickets - Available Online
• GeneralAdult-$36
• GeneralChild(5-12yearsold)-$15

Ringside Gold Class (4 seats per table) – Only Available Online
Catered with morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, Wine, Tea & Coffee - $136 per person

Tickets Available On The Day (Gate prices)
• General Adult - $51
• General Child (5-12 years old) - $20

Please Note: Children under 5yo are free. Student/Concession prices are not available.

Gates open at 8:00am – for our early birds, we again have the much loved and heavily contested sample bags full of goodies for the first 300 guests to arrive!

*As a Not-For-Profit event developed and conducted annually by a volunteer committee, all profit from the QLD Festival of Dressage is directed back into the development of Dressage in QLD.
Proudly announcing the Bjarne Elefsen QLD Clinic brought to you by the QLD Festival of Dressage.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from Bjarne Elefsen, our Pryde's EasiFeed Masterclass presenter, at his QLD clinic being held from Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th of September, at Gary Lung's beautiful property 'Windhill' in North Maclean (Brisbane Southside). This clinic is open to all EA members!

Lesson prices are $250 per lesson and numbers are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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for details.
We are extremely excited to announce the all new addition to our event, the QLD Festival of Dressage Performance Horse Auction.

A select few of Australia's best performance horses currently up for sale will be available for prior viewing, and then auctioned at the QLD Festival of Dressage. This is an exciting new initiative, with quality ridden horses of all ages and levels available for purchase right here in QLD.

If you are a buyer looking for your new dressage partner, you cannot miss this one off opportunity.  And, if you are a seller with one or more top quality ridden performance horses available for sale, you also cannot miss this exclusive opportunity!

Click here for details.
Exciting opportunity available! For the FIRST TIME EVER the QLD Festival of Dressage are seeking DEMONSTRATION RIDERS to take part in this year's event. Riders will have the opportunity to ride in the main arena and have a helping hand from some of our exciting presenters.

Click here for application details.
We are extremely excited to announce that for the FIRST TIME EVER the QLD Festival of Dressage will be running a DRESSAGE PERFORMANCE HORSE AUCTION.

Keep an eye on our website and FB page in the coming weeks for more information on how you can nominate your sale horse for the auction and be involved in this extremely exciting year of firsts for the QLD Festival of Dressage!
The 2015 QLD Festival of Dressage program is now available!

Click here to check it out.
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

Keep your eye on our Facebook page for heaps of great competitions and giveaways...

Just 'Like' us on Facebook for your chance to win!