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16-24 November 2002
November News Update


Don't miss out on the opportunity to see world-class competitors, 150 exhibitors, over 200 education presentations and a spectacular performance of the all new MANE EVENT!

EQUITANA tickets are selling fast!

For bookings call TICKETEK on 1300 364 000 or visit

Official Program

The EQUITANA Souvenir Program has over 100 colourful pages of all the necessary event information, including timetables and schedules, enlightening feature stories, the Mane Event Program, exhibitor and product listings and much, much more. The Official Program is priceless in helping you to plane your visit to EQUITANA!

The Souvenir Programs will be on sale at the RNA Showgrounds, 17 & 18 November and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21-24 November, for the fantastic price of $10.00 - Don't miss out!

Do you have a horse you would like Monty Roberts to meet?

World renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts will be conducting his Join Up demonstrations at EQUITANA from November 21st - 24th.

We are assisting Monty with finding horses suitable for his Join Up demonstrations during the event. We want to know if you have:

A horse that has never been saddled, bridled or ridden?
A remedial horse - kicks, bucks, bites or any other problem you would like fixed?
A horse that will not float?

If you do, then we would like to talk to you!

Please call Tara King: 0419 44 77 06 or e-mail

EQUITANA - Bringing the World's best educators to Brisbane

Come and learn an array of equine related facts from a host of Australian and international guest speakers. This diverse program of over 200 presentations includes:

* American, Linda Little Wolf: expert on Plains Indian history, culture, art, folklore and horsemanship.

* Photographer, Glenn Hunt: learn the tricks of the trade and produce great shots of your horse.

* Kamilaroi Vaulting Team: gymnastics on horses! An entertaining themed tribute to the 'School Pony of Yesteryear' - a Year of the
Outback special.

* David Pascoe: world-renowned expert in equine reproduction.

Catch these and many more in the EQUITANA Education Program - there's something for everyone!

Special Education Presentation

Dressage Demystified, Saturday 10.15 - 12.45pm, Class Room 2.

In this special presentation, German Dressage Judge, Uwe Spenlen, and Australian O level judge, Mary Seefried, will cover topics such as the principles of Dressage and what judges are looking for in a performance. The presentation will range from young horses and basic training principles and the scale of training to the finished GP horse and the Kur- the Olympic level.

This session offers useful information for anyone interested in Dressage, whether you are experienced or not. It will try and demystify the language judges and riders use.

Education Schedule

Click here: to find out when your favourite educators are presenting at EQUITANA.

Clinics @ EQUITANA

Tickets are still available to see Monty Roberts and Ulla Salzgeber at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. BOOK NOW on 1300 364 000
and make sure that you don't miss out on these special presentations.

Monty Roberts - 'The Man Who Listens To Horses'
Date: Saturday 23 November, 9.00 - 1.00pm
Cost: $85.00

Ulla Salzgeber - World Number One Dressage Rider
Date: Friday 22 November, 2.00 - 5.00pm
Cost: $78.00

Schools Program

Due to popular demand we have introduced a second Schools Program to EQUITANA. To ensure that your school doesn't miss out on a place, please contact Carolin Plewa on +61 (0) 3 9596 8744 or e-mail:

For further information about the Schools Program, please click here:

Mane Event Update - from Colleen Lethbridge, Director.

With only a few weeks before the show, it is all go with the Mane Event Production. Our performers have been working up a storm, with creative expansion on the original acts coming thick and fast. We honestly have to say that this year's Mane Event is going to be more fantastic than any other!

The lighting will be very different from other shows and we have included some innovative "big screen" visuals for our audiences. Plus music that we know everyone will love!

But of course it is the performers - human and equine - that really provide the excitement and our 2002 performers are determined to make Brisbane a great show. Our Jousters have now added a little 'Skill at Arms' skirmish before the jousting contest, the combined Arabian Clubs of Qld have gone into 'Cecil B. De Mille' mode with the set they are creating for the show, and Tania Kernaghan has been out for a practice session on her Quarter Horse for the act with the NRHA lads.

Steve Jefferys and his team (human & equine) have developed a "hero/action" piece with Baddies, crocodiles and the brave wonder dog, Jana, that makes Indiana Jones look tame. David Simons and Scott Rogers have been getting more and more adventurous with their Dressage vs Western ride off, and their wonderfully talented violinists, Shenton Gregory and Joanne Lack, are proving just as incorrigible in this fun 'ride-off'.

Then of course, there's our amazing stunt / trick riding team made up of special USA guest, Tad Griffith, Deb Brennan and Zellie Thompson - who will stop hearts with their amazing trick work.

So you see, besides all the beautiful, traditional acts such as Ulla Salzgeber, Spanish Pas de Trois, Side-saddle pas de deux and innovative quadrille work to be seen, there is also a lot of fun, laughter and excitement. We hope to see you there!

Some Legends Can Never Be Tamed!

EQUITANA and the Brumby Protection Group are giving you the chance to be amongst the first in Australia to own the classic animated film 'Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron' on DVD or video. Not only that, but by reserving your copy online and picking up at EQUITANA you will also receive a free commemorative Spirit poster, not available anywhere else!

>From the producer of Shrek, 'Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron' follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion as he journeys through the untamed American frontier. Encountering man for the first time, Spirit defies being broken, even as he develops a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave named Little Creek. The courageous young stallion also finds love with a beautiful paint mare named Rain on his way to becoming one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Old West."

Come and meet the real live Spirit at the Brumby Protection Group stall number 1415!

This DVD or video is a must for any horse-mad child, or adult for that matter, and with Christmas just around the corner it makes the perfect gift, especially for those kids you are trying to get more interested in horses! Each copy sold goes towards helping the Brumby Protection Group raise funds to help our brumbies. Copies of the video/DVD will be available at the Brumby Protection Group stall at EQUITANA, though the only way to make sure you get your free poster is to register by
clicking here:

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