Equidays confirms top names
World renowned horse trainer and clinician Josh Lyons will join a range of diverse international clinicians headlining New Zealand’s newest equine event, Equidays.
Held from November 18 to 20 at Mystery Creek Events Centre, enthusiasts throughout the country have been eager to know who to expect at the inaugural Equidays.
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Josh of Lyons Legacy Horsemanship will bring a wealth of training technique based on the Lyons Certification Programme pioneered by father, John Lyons.
Josh will conduct master clinics during Equidays and headline one of two indoor night shows.
Australian horsemen, Dan James and Dan Steers of Double Dan Horsemanship, will join Josh Lyons in the Saturday night show and also hold horsemanship clinics throughout Equidays.
The Equidays team are pleased to confirm the line-up.
‘‘We have been in discussion with a number of international clinicians over many months and are delighted to finally be in a position to start announcing who is coming to Equidays,’’ said events manager Vanessa Richmond.
‘‘Josh Lyons and Double Dan mark only the first of a series of announcements this month which include an incredibly strong lineup of both international and New Zealand riders and trainers.’’
The first event of its kind in New Zealand, two elements that differentiate Equidays from other equine events are a focus on education and value for money. Organisers have secured top clinicians to share their knowledge, yet kept it affordable.
Equidays will also host two impressive indoor night shows. The Friday and Saturday evening shows will be unique; Friday will follow a classical discipline format with international dressage and eventing clinicians and Saturday will spotlight horsemanship.
Organisers have worked hard to ensure Equidays features a good balance of all disciplines with a healthy line-up of clinicians, activities and demonstrations. New Zealand clinicians have been quick to support the event and amongst the many topics are a variety of clinics on dressage, eventing, show jumping, show hunter, horsemanship, western, stable management, veterinary clinics, feed and nutrition.
Preview of clinics to include;
Jackie Chant, 4 star Parelli Professional: 3 clinics including control and confidence while riding.
Vaughn Jefferis: show jumping clinics.
Grant Mackie: cutting horse clinic, rider aides and cues.
Tim Featherstone: in-hand training using classical dressage and horsemanship.
Peggy Cumming: riding clinics.
Kate Hewlett and Featherstone: training the
connected Tim win- ning team.
Jacque Williams: buying first pony and investing in competition pony or horse.
Double Dan: horsemanship classes.
Josh Lyons: Horsemanship.
The Three Horsemen – Scott O’Malley, Ben Longwell, Dan Steers: horse starting clinic.
Visitors can expect decent representations from a variety of disciplines, confirmed to date: dressage NZ, side saddle, harness, hoofball, heavy horse, polo crosse, polo, hunt, reining, cutting, cowboy challenge, RAS, miniature.
A general admission ticket to Equidays gains entry to all activities including clinics and
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Legacy demonstrations. Tickets to the night shows are separate; details of full line-up will be announced late August.
Tickets are available to buy online now at www. equidays.co.nz/tickets or pre-register for night show tickets.
Event owners, National Fieldays Society have appointed Riding for the Disabled and the Horse Protection League as charity benefactors of the event. Each charity will receive a donation from every Equidays ticket purchased.
Equidays will be held from November 18 to 20 at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton, for event information visit www.equidays.co.nz .
Double Dan: Australian horsemen Dan James and Dan Steers will perform at the Saturday night show and will also hold horsemanship clinics throughout the inaugural Equidays.
On display: The legendary international triple G1 winner Paco Boy along with O’Reilly (pictured), Pins, Savabeel, Fast’N’Famous, No Excuse Needed and Rios will be on parade at Waikato Stud this Saturday August 27 at 1.50pm. All welcome.