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Equitana Asia Pacific

The Inaugural EQUITANA Asia Pacific Art Awards
EQUITANA Art Exhibition - Bigger and Better in 2001!

EQUITANA Schools Program
Stars confirmed to appear in 'Specialist Panels'
EQUITANA Reining Masters
Who is John Lyons?

EQUITANA Art Gallery AND Art Awards

We invite you to enter the 1st EQUITANA Asia Pacific Art Awards for the chance to receive a two page, full colour feature in the EQUITANA Official Souvenir Program (20,000 copies produced), as well as have your artwork displayed free of charge in the exhibition.

With an estimated attendance of 100,000+ visitors, EQUITANA is the perfect vehicle for artists to display their work and develop business opportunities.

This exciting new element follows on from the success of the EQUITANA Art Gallery in 1999. The Art Gallery will again be a special feature of EQUITANA in November, creating a unique selling environment for artists.

Don't miss out on the chance to gain high visibility of your equine art, in what is the largest gathering of horse lovers in the Southern Hemisphere. For more information about the EQUITANA Art Gallery & Art Awards please contact our office on (03) 9596 8744 or visit

EQUITANA Schools Program

This year EQUITANA has devised a special program for schools to be held on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November. The full day packages begin at 10.00am, with the day divided into informative and interactive sessions designed for student's aged between 12 - 18 years. Special packages are also available for groups wanting to stay on for the evening entertainment, the MANE EVENT.

The Schools Program includes:
An introductory lecture featuring an Olympic Gold Medallist
An interactive demonstration by an internationally renowned educator A guided site tour of the EQUITANA event
The afternoon is left free for the students to experience the exhibition and competition elements of EQUITANA.

The cost of this program is only $10 per student (min. of 10 in group). This includes daily admission to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Teachers are free of charge (1 per 10 students).

For more information on the EQUITANA Schools Program or to request a booking form, please contact either Samantha Thompson or Sarah Spencer on (03) 9596 8744 or visit

SPECIALIST PANELS attract Aussie Stars

An exciting new element of the EQUITANA Education Program includes 'Specialist Panels'. The aim of the panels is to bring professionals together in an interactive forum to highlight and debate areas of interest. Speakers will present their viewpoints and focus on personal experiences to present thorough and entertaining discussions.

Top of the panel list is the Olympic Panel, which will feature high profile equestrian athletes who have had Olympic and World success. The format will allow each panelist to share experiences that influenced their sporting development and lead up to the Olympics, as well as personal insights regarding their participation in world events. Confirmed panel speakers include:
Andrew Hoy, three times Olympic Gold Medallist in Eventing.
Gillian Rolton, Eventing Gold Medallist.
Julie Higgins, Paralympic Gold Medallist.

EQUITANA Reining Masters

Come and see 25 of Australia's most skilled horse and rider combinations compete for a prize pool of $15,000 in the EQUITANA Reining Masters.

This discipline displays the intricate movements required from the working horse, and is judged on the speed, skill and attitude of the horse whilst mastering a set pattern. Rider and mount combinations perform incredible spins, sliding stops and roll backs at amazing speeds that have to be seen to be believed!

The immense popularity of Reining was confirmed last year when it was chosen to be a demonstration event at the Sydney Olympic Games. Come and see for yourself why Reining is such a hit with the crowds.

Date: Thursday 22 November 2001
Venue: Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne Victoria

Who is John Lyons?

John Lyons is the most recognised and respected trainer in the US. He has effectively trained and solved problems with every breed of horse and every riding discipline.

Why is John so successful?

John's practical and gentle "training without trauma" method, which has had documented success around the world since 1981, produces amazing results for all disciplines and levels of riding. Using only everyday equipment such as halter, lead rope, bridle and saddle, John's conditioned responses encourage willingness, softness and suppleness, that will stay with the horse throughout its life.

Don't miss out on the chance to catch 'America's Most Trusted Horseman' exclusively, in his first official visit to Australia.

Date: Wednesday 21 November
Time: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Cost: $80 GST inclusive

For more information on John Lyons and his symposium (clinic) please click

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