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Bates National Championships

2020 will celebrate 22 years of Bates Saddles support of the NZ Dressage Championships to be held at the NEC Taupo from the 26th to 28th March 2020. All levels of championships will be contested plus international events  CDI 3*/ CDIY / CDIJ /CDIP.
ESNZ Para Equestrian Championships will be held concurrently from 25th – 27th 



The 2020 Bates National Dressage Championships and Para Equestrian Championships are locked and loaded for the 25th to 28th March 2020 at the NEC Taupo. The Equestrian Entries online entry system will be live later this week. The event will see the twenty second consecutive year of the partnership between Dressage NZ and Bates Saddles. Entries close 19 February. All fees must be paid by the closing date to be included in the list of confirmed entries and for the purposes of stable  /yards allocations

The event will incorporate an FEI CDI*** for Grand Prix, as well FEI classes for Young Riders (CDIY), Juniors (CDIJ – Advanced medium level) and Pony Riders (CDIP – approx Medium level NZL and note that pony rider age is not older than turning 16yrs in the 2020 calendar year) For riders in the FEI classes please familiarize yourself with the FEI Rules for 2020   and make sure you have the correct versions of the FEI tests . Elementary ponies will also have their own division in 2020

The event includes the Super 5 League finals, Amateur Championships from Levels Preliminary to Advanced Medium,  Elite Equine Nutrition Young Horse championships alongside the prestigious Bates Open Championships and Para Equestrian Championships for all Grades.

Full Event Schedule 

FEI Schedule 

There are a number of sponsorship, advertising and trade space options available for the event

We welcome volunteers and offer a great event experience. You don’t necessarily need to have experience with horses to volunteer, but there are a wide range of opportunities for you to interact and work with an enthusiastic group and put “volunteering” on your CV 

On Sunday 29th March 2020 Dressage NZ will hold an open forum with Sandy Hotz a FEI 4* judge from the USA.  Click here for more info on Sandy.

For further information contact Amber McGovern-Wilson by email on [email protected]