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Bates National Championships

Celebrating 20 years Bates Saddles support of the NZ Dressage Championships at Manfeild Park from 15th to 18th February 2018. All levels of championships will be contested plus international events  CDI 3*/CDI 2* / CDIY / CDIP. 

The Bates National Dressage Championships are locked and loaded for the 15th to 18th February 2018 at Manfeild Park Stadium. The event will see the twenty year anniversary of the partnership between Dressage NZ and Bates Saddles. Event Manager Celine Filbee has presented eleven National Championships with the support of Bates Saddles and is excited at the prospect of celebrating the milestone. “David Jones Parry has been an absolute pleasure to work with over the years and this has been an important factor in our strong partnership, there has been lots of discussion around event planning, much laughing, some big wins, and a shared passion to present an international quality event at Manfield in recent years”.

David and Bates Saddles are delighted to celebrate a partnership with Dressage New Zeland. “I am sure we all agree that the New Zealand standard, including horse quality and rider ability, over these last 20 years has improved beyond any of our wildest dreams. We look forward to celebrating with you, our 20 year involvement with Dressage New Zealand at this prestigious Event at Manfield Park in February”.

As always the event will host a FEI CDI*** for Grand Prix, new for 2018 is a Medium Tour CDI** for Level 8 horses, as well as the Young Rider and Pony International. Two European judges have confirmed their attendance. The Super 5 League, Amateur and Young Horse championships will be held alongside the prestigious Bates Championships.

We are planning a display of twenty years of purple rugs so if you have won a Bates rug or two then you had better whip them out of your trophy cupboard to bring to the event to complete the line up. There must have been in the region of 150 of those rugs presented in the 19 years of Nationals so there should be quite a display!

There are sponsorship options available for the event and we are always looking for volunteers to assist, for further information contact Celine Filbee 0274 540 591.