Australia’s festival of equestrian is coming to the Hawkesbury

Hawkesbury City Council is a proud sponsor of EquiFest, which will take place at the Hawkesbury Showground from 30March to the 2 April. Whether you are a competitor or spectator, this is an event not to be missed by any equine enthusiast.

EquiFest is a multidisciplinary equestrian event being launched and run by Equine Productions. As part of the event there will be competitions for miniature horses, ponies, heavy horses, show jumping, dressage, show horses, mounted games, exhibitions, and free entertainment. EquiFest is designed to encompass the interests of all equestrian minded people.

This event will see the return of the ‘Puissance Wall’ to Australia from Europe, where horses and their riders will have to clear an impressive 2.33 metres to claim the Australian record and $70,000 in prize money.

The show jumping championships will see the top riders in Australia attempt heights of 1.40-1.50 metres to receive the $15,000 prize money. For the winner of the young rider show jumping championships there is a total prize of $40,000.

The dressage competition will showcase top riders with movements to be judged, from extended trot to piaffe, pirouette to passage, and flying changes. The dressage competition will offer over $22,000 in prize money.

The New South Wales Mounted Police will also be putting on a display along with their police band before the Puissance Wall jumping competition.

Unique to EquiFest is the inclusion of an action-packed ‘6-Bar competition’. Riders will attack a grid of six jumps, each one higher than the last, finishing with a maximum height 6-Bar obstacle.

A series of master classes for showing, dressage and show jumping will also be available.

Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett says that Council is a proud sponsor of EquiFest. “EquiFest is expected to greatly benefit the Hawkesbury community. Thousands of spectators and hundreds of riders, their coaches, friends and family, as well as exhibition personnel, will be visiting local business’ and stimulate our economy.”

“There has never been an equine event quite as big as this in the Hawkesbury. It certainly is going to be an event to be enjoyed by all,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett said. Tickets are on sale now at www.equifest.com.au, and entry on Thursday, 30 March is free! To enter as a competitor, or for more information, visit the Equifest website.

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