November News Update
EQUITANA Brisbane a resounding success!
Brisbane, the largest and most exciting equine festival ever held
in Brisbane has come to an end. The inaugural event has been an
overwhelming success, with almost 50,000 people from around the
country and overseas, attending the event.
EQUITANA has bought people from all over the country, but especially
from the Northern regions of Australia, uniting all areas of the
equine industry. From competitors, to exhibitors and attendees,
the feedback has been extraordinary and we are very excited about
making the event more diverse in 2004."
extraordinary support from Queensland Events, Brisbane Convention
and Exhibition Centre and most importantly the horse-loving public
of Queensland, have all contributed to the launch and now ongoing
development of this major biennial equine festival for Queensland."
says event organiser Daryl Herbert.
Peter Beattie has congratulated the team at Definitive Events describing
EQUITANA as a fine example of how events can be used to promote
Queensland's key industries.
equine industry is a multi-billion dollar industry; it's our fourth
largest employer, a major contributor to our agricultural economy
and a major earner of export income. EQUITANA is considered one
of the most prestigious events of its kind in the world and the
opportunities to bolster our equine industry through continued growth
of the event in Queensland are enormous."
February, the Queensland Government, through Queensland Events,
won the right to hold EQUITANA in Brisbane. "Queensland only
had nine months to deliver a world-class event but we've shown once
again that we are up there with the best when it comes to staging
major events," Mr Beattie said.
Brisbane kicked off at the RNA Showgrounds with two days of Campdrafting
and pony club competition before moving to the Brisbane
Convention and Exhibition Centre for four days of exhilarating competition,
expo, entertainment, competition and education.
was transformed into a world of horses, with 130 on site stables,
three demonstration arenas, warm up arena, competition arena and
the Mane Arena.
attending EQUITANA witnessed the excitement and exhilaration of
the world's first-ever indoor cross country event, the beauty and
spectacle of the MANE EVENT, gathered tips from some of the best
Australian and international equestrian athletes and trainers, and
shopped till they dropped at the stalls of over 150 exhibitors.
of EQUITANA Brisbane included:
Over 3,000 people watched and cheered the excitement of the world's
first indoor Cross Country event featuring triple gold medallist
HEATH RYAN competed in both the Dressage and Eventing competitions
Triple Gold Medallist ANDREW HOY and his wife BETTINA conducted
Master Classes as part of the education program
American stunt rider TAD GRIFFITH astounded MANE EVENT audiences
with his amazing skill and speed, performing trick and Roman Riding
World No. 1 Dressage Champion ULLA SALZGEBER's first ever Australian
dressage clinic was attended by over 1500 people
In his only Australian clinic for 2002 internationally acclaimed
horseman MONTY ROBERTS shared his knowledge of non-violent approach
to horse training and astounded his audience with his skills
Renowned natural horsemanship trainer PAT PARELLI helped the Bush
Church Drought Relief Fund raise thousands of dollars through donations
from people attending EQUITANA
EQUITANA will be held in Melbourne in November 2003 and returns
to Brisbane with a larger and even more exciting program in November
all event information visit www.equitana.com.au