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Bates Saddles NZ Dressage Championships 2022

24-26 November 2022  /  TAUPO NEC
The Bates Championships are back – Bates Saddles & Dressage NZ since 1998  – what a partnership



The 2022 Bates NZ Dressage Championships and Webb Equestrian  Para Equestrian Championships are BACK !

Bates Saddles NZ Dressage Championships  – Since 1998 

2022 will be the 24th consecutive year that Bates Saddles have committed to the naming rights sponsorship of the Dressage NZ National Championships – a wonderfully collaborative partnership between Bates Saddles and Dressage NZ that continues to work together to bring together the best Dressage and Para dressage  combinations from across New Zealand together, in conjunction with a long list of many other valued supporters.

2022 incorporates the Webb Equestrian Para Equestrian Dressage Championships and for the first time, the Livamol FEI Dressage World Challenge, all wrapped up in one supersize dressage extravaganza at the Taupo NEC from Wednesday 23rd (horse inspection only) to Saturday 26th of  November culminating in the spectacular Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday night.

215 horses and 166 riders are currently on the entry list for what promises to be three days of superb competition, shopping, socialising and of course celebrating our sport which appears to have risen out of the covid ashes in surprisingly good form if new season results are any indication. The event’s popularity is proven with entries from as far afield as Awanui in the Far North and to South Canterbury / Nth Otago in the south.

The Bates Open Championships from Preliminary to Grand Prix are accompanied by the coveted ESNZ national trophies. The list of winners makes fascinating reading at

Age group classes are all important for horses and riders with  both FEI Pony & Young Rider classes ,  and four to six year old Young Horse one round competitions, all attracting serious quality fields. More recently introduced are the Bronze and Silver Championships (previously known as Amateur) for the combinations who love to support and participate at the event and be inspired by their heroes.  There really is something for everyone.

The grade championships have attracted very strong numbers resulting in huge interest to see where some of our 2020 Champions are two years on….  

2019 Grand Prix Champions, Vanessa Way and NSC Andreas were in fine form at Bay of Plenty narrowly taking the championship from Wendi Williamson and Don Vito MH who won the Freestyle. Way’s second Grand Prix mount NSC Timbermill Prequel won the Small Tour Championship in 2020 and now joins his stable mate at Grand Prix. Cooper Oborn and Aphrodite are showing good form and how exciting it is to see our 2000 Sydney Olympian Kallista Field back at this level on Felix Westfalia FE, now a ten-year-old having been imported by Kallista as a youngster from Germany.

The NZ Hanoverian Society Grand Prix Freestyle will feature on Saturday evening finishing at approximately 8.30pm so make your plans to stay and support these riders  plus go in the draw for some lucky prizes!

The FEI Medium Tour is such a great introduction to Grand Prix with seven combinations contesting this grade including  Liz Hutson and PSH Hapsburg (Wellington) who showed good style in the Grand Prix at Bay of Plenty and we can be sure young Waitemata rider Becki Williamson aboard  Bon Jovi MH will put up a determined challenge.

 Nineteen combinations are looking to put their name on the Small Tour Championship Surrey Trophy including the 2005 winner Jenny Scotter (Christchurch) who that year rode LÁmour but in 2022 brings Mardi Gras (JK Maserati / Turbulent Dancer) north. Team Williamson rider Madi Schollum on her own Kinnordy Golda has won five on the trot including Champion at this level at Bay of Plenty so is sure one to watch.

Big movers are 2020 Novice Champion Susan Tomlin on Dance Hit SW (co-owned with Andrea Raves) and 2020 Reserve Champion Wendi Williamson & Ducati MH who will contest the Advanced title for the Hobson Trophy, but the sixteen strong field is simply full of class.

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Message from  Event Director Cassie Freeman [email protected] 

I am thrilled and excited to be part of the Bates National Dressage Championships 2022. Organising  has already begun, and at this early stage I am delighted to welcome key back members of last year’s wonderful team, including Margs Carline (Technical Delegate) Heather Hilder (Event Secretary), Cathy Vennell (administration Manager), and Jos Gresham (Stable Manager).