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Bates Saddles NZ Dressage Championships 2024

21-23 March 2024  /  TAUPO NEC
The Bates Championships are back in 2024 – Bates Saddles & Dressage NZ since 1998  



The 2024 Bates NZ Dressage Championships and NZ Para Equestrian Championships will be held at the Taupo NEC 21-23 March 2o24.

Welcome back to Bates Saddles for the 26th  championships 

Bates Saddles NZ Dressage Championships  – Since 1998 

2024 will be the 26th 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.

2024  will incorporate the Para Equestrian Dressage Championships, all wrapped up in one supersize dressage extravaganza at the Taupo NEC from Wednesday 20th (CDI/Y horse inspection only) to Saturday 24th March  culminating in the spectacular Grand Prix Freestyle 

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

There will be age group classes for 4,5,6 yr horses, pony and young rider competitions, Bates Open Championships at all levels, Special Awards for Bronze & Silver categories up to Advanced Medium and ProAm Championships from Advanced to Grand Prix plus of course  the NI and National Finals of the ever popular Super 5 League Series . There really is something for everyone.

Qualification for the event has been reintroduced for 2024 

  1. Combinations must achieve one minimum one score of 60% at a Premier League Event (incl FS)  from 1st January 2023 in the level which they wish to contest the championship. (Overall score – not from an individual judge) 
  2. Young Dressage Horses do not need to qualify but must have proof of age & breeding by date of close of entry or entry will be invalidated and no entry refund will be applied 
  3. CDIY combinations must have scored 60% in Level 7. CDIJ combinations must have scored 60% in Level 5 or above
  4. Combinations in the FEI level pony classes must have qualified at Elementary grade or above 
  5. If a combination also qualifies in a higher level they can compete in the lower level providing they have not upgraded and become ineligible by earning more than 30pts in the higher level. Combinations who have qualified and are eligible for two levels may only compete in championship qualifiers for one grade 
  6. In principle a maximum 40 entries per grade up to Advanced Medium will be accepted in order of receipt. If any class is over subscribed, combinations will be waitlisted and accepted in order of receipt
  7. Final qualifier 16-18 Feb at Taupo (Waikato Champs )
  8. Entries will close Wednesday 21st February 

Proposed Schedule 

Day 1 = Super 5 Final (not a championship qualifier)

Day 2 = Championship Rd 1 

Day 3 = Championship Rd 2 

The event is excited to host the final Paris 2024 Olympics Qualifier to be held in NZL. 

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 

Message from  Event Director Cassie Freeman [email protected] 

I am thrilled and excited to again be part of the Bates National Dressage Championships  – March 2024. Organising is well underway and we will be announcing key team members soon. 

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The event will feature the NI and National Finals of the ever popular Super 5 League Series