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Giddy-Up - Melbourne's Top Horse Show
Horses, horses and more horses, EQUITANA Melbourne 2016 is Australia's premier equine event covering almost every aspect of horse exhibition, competition and education.
If horses and horse riding are your thing you will not want to miss this, the biggest and best horse show you will ever see.
Whatever it takes, make sure you get along to Equitana Melbourne 2016 for the biggest and best horse show you will ever see. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
A highlight of EQUITANA since 2005 The Way Of The Horse is a unique contest which pits three of the country's best horse trainers against one another in the education of a young, untrained horse previously unseen by them.
The crowd is able to watch and learn as each trainer simultaneously works in their own pen, judged by a panel of adjudicators. The aim of the challenge is to promote the kinder education of horses, getting away from the old-fashioned and often cruel 'breaking' philosophy.
The Way Of The Horse highlights the ability of skilled trainers to educate and bond with young horses, something that will benefit this youngster in a year or two. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Another major feature of the event, the EQUITANA Australian Open will include competition in such disciplines as Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Reining, Barrel Racing and Cutting.
EQUITANA 2016 will showcase horses in a host of disciplines .............
..... including Roping, Cutting and Barrel Racing events. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
EQUITANA Melbourne 2016 will also host the Australian Brumby Challenge where twenty-four of Australia's top trainers will spend 150 days leading up to the event schooling a native wild horse caught in the Victorian or New South Wales high country National Parks.
They will then bring these previously unhandled horses to EQUITANA and demonstrate their ability to train and partner the animal, showcasing the versatility of the breed.
EQUITANA Melbourne 2016 will be staged at Melbourne showgrounds from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th November.
General Admission Tickets cost Adults $50.18, Family (2A plus 3C) $134.02 and Children aged 5 to 14 years & Concession holders $45.01. Children under 5 are free.
General Admission Tickets are single use only and may be used on any of the 4-days of the event but do not include access to all clinics and Masterclasses.
Day Tickets for each of the 4-days are available and provide access to education sessions, the Breed Village, exhibition halls, competitions, entertainment, clinics and Masterclasses.
Cost:Single use General Admission tickets cost Adults $50.18, Family (2A plus 3C) $134.02, Children 5 to 14 years and Concession $45.01. Children under 5 are free. Day Tickets providing increased access are available for all 4-days and a SUPER TICKET pr