The Horseland 2012 Qld Festival of Dressage
The award winning 2012 Horseland QLD Festival of Dressage is over for another year after a hugely successful event last Saturday, July 21st. Festival guests started to line up at 6.40am and numbers grew to almost 2000 for the day. The Festival is proudly sponsored by Horseland and took place at the all new Queensland State Equestrian Centre, a showcase facility for a showcase equestrian event.
The 2012 Horseland QLD Festival of Dressage is the culmination of twelve months planning and preparation by a dedicated group of volunteers and State Squad members who love horses and the sport of dressage. No matter what type of rider you are or what sort of horse you may have, the Festival really did have something for everyone from the hilarious antics of Harold the Horse who flew in from New Zealand to show us his moves in the Grand Prix Freestyle to the magnificent stallions with services up for auction in the International Horse Breeders Stallion Parade.
The main arena offered a fantastic array of world class guest speakers with displays, clinics and the major draw card for the evening program, the Just Dreaming Master Class with international level coach and competitor, Lientje Schueler. Other highlights in the main arena included a grand prix freestyle performance by Smack the Pony and his talented young rider, sixteen year old Katie Ryman. Katie and Smack travelled all the way from Victoria to appear at the Festival and delighted the crowd with their display. Other popular clinics and displays included “Developing the Canter Pirouette” with QLD State Coach, Carlos de Cleermaecker, “Creating the Illusion of Sitting Still” with Jacqui Van Monfrans, “Dressage Training to Improve Jumping Technique” with Shane and Mattea Davidson and the Pas De Deux grand finale with Sheridyn Ashwood riding Prestige VDL and Benn Conn riding Jaybee Apprentice.
The Seminar Centre was the place to be for expert advice and information covering so many different riding topics. Highlights included “Maintaining Mental Fitness in Horses” with professional rider and coach, Nicole Magoffin, “Managing Training with Full Time Work and Parenthood” with Liz Owens, Jackie Hill and Merrilea Charles and “Choosing the Right Horse for You” presented by State Squad rider, Tracey Ellis.
The Horsezone Fashion Parade, back in 2012 bigger and better than ever, showcased equestrian fashions to give us all that stylish dressage diva look from stable to ringside to the saddle.
The 2012 Horseland QLD Festival of Dressage really did have something for everyone, including all the young riders, with a special guest appearance from Elf the little grey pony, face painting and pony rides, fantastic prizes in the Equitec Festival Trail and lots of yummy food available in the Ed’s Hire Food Court.
Judging by all the feedback via the Festival Facebook page, web site, guest comments and email, a fantastic day was had by all and people are already planning their day for the 2013 Festival. Everyone went home with some new training or competition tips, a new insight into how their horses think, a close encounter with the many stunning horses on display and of course, a good sized dose of retail therapy in the huge trade village and the thousands of dollars in silent auction and raffle prizes!
A long list of dedicated and supportive sponsors made the Festival possible this year with companies well known to the equestrian industry lining up to support the event including Horseland, International Horse Breeders, Greystone, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Nathan Horse Floats, Ed's Hire, Prydes EasiFeed, Horsezone, Equitec, Tophorse and Just Dreaming Art Union and the Mitavite Ultimate Master Class.
All proceeds from the Festival of Dressage are invested directly back into the future development of dressage sport in Queensland. This year, with so many happy guests, expert presenters, stunningly beautiful horses and such a fabulous event, the future of dressage in QLD is a great place to be!