An exciting weekend of competition and education is ahead at the Equestrian Entries Youth Festival and the Dressage Youth Forum at the Taupo NEC from 25th -27th January

Record entries have been received for the two-day competition with riders from as far afield as Queenstown in the south and Waimate North in the Bay of Islands keen to show off their arena moves.

The event offers a great team experience for many riders. There is an Area Team Competition, three  young South Island riders will ride loan horses generously made available by North Island owners, the York Corporation InterIsland Challenge sponsored by Richmond Saddlery for riders on their own horses plus the exciting New South Wales vs NZL Challenge.  The NSW team will be on borrowed horses also generously made available by North Island owners.

Members of the Pryde’s Easifeed Young Rider Development Group will be out in force at the event

The innovative Dressage NZ Youth Forum programme gets underway on Sunday evening after the competition from 6.15pm  – 7.15pm and then begins again at 8.45am on Monday 27th. Register at the event or be at the NEC Stadium main office by 8.15am Monday. Everyone welcome at just $10 per family.




6.15 pm

Horse & Pony Nutrition



Hayley-Jane Malcolmson



Pryde’s Easifeed





8.45 – 9.15

It’s Your Sport 



ESNZ & Dressage NZ



Developing a Kids Code for Dressage



We want your ideas and questions !


9.15 – 9.45

Social Media & Youth Sport



With Otillie Upshall


9.45 – 10.15

Dressage Stewards



Help, Prevent, Intervene



The Role of the Event Steward 



With FEI Steward Karen Anderson




10.30 – 11.00

The Dressage Training Scale



With Debbie Barke ESNZ Coach & Grand Prix Rider 

11.00 – 1.00

Through the Levels  from Preliminary to Grand Prix


Practical demonstrations with Young Riders and their ponies & horses


What are the Requirements & How to Gain Marks


With FEI Judges Sue Hobson & Mura Love