Equi­days con­firms top names

Matamata Chronicle - - Racing -

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

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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

Lyons the the

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.

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