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The Mane Event 2001
Results of the EQUITANA Art Awards
Schools Program
EQUITANA Official Photographer announcement
Saddle Horse Championships


Nothing affects human emotion like music and no dance requires the same degree of mental bonding as that of rider and horse. In the Mane Event 2001, we will showcase this combination in a musical journey that will appeal to just about everyone - no matter what his or her "horsey" preference may be.

The level of equine entertainment will be a combination of the best Australia has to offer plus some special overseas guests:

World-renowned Dressage celebrity, Anky Van Grunsven, will open the show each evening with a beautiful freestyle "waltz" performance on Mary Hanna's "Pretender", revealing why she so deservedly received gold during the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Direct from the USA, Michael Pariseau is bringing his finest Friesian stallion, 'Willem S' and, just for some contrast, his pure white Shire stallion 'Illusion'. Michael's 'boys', will combine the elegance of classical movements in an upbeat dressage solo by Willem, with the incredibly difficult "tango in tandem" act, which take your breath away!

Our very own bush poet, Guy Mclean, will have audiences misty eyed with his new poem "The Dance of the Horse", written especially for EQUITANA 2001. Singing star Lee Kernaghan, will join our sliding and spinning National Reining Association horses with a rocking live performance. Steve Jeffereys will delight audiences with a brand new "ballet" as Jamieson and special guest, 10 year old daughter Ashleigh; join him in the beautiful "Toy Story" piece. And, renowned movie trainer, Heath Harris will present "Girls, Girls, Girls & Horses", a world class singing, whipcracking and trick riding group whose youngest member is only 5 years old!

A very special feature of the Mane Event 2001 is the final performance by "Fortuno", Jose Mendez' wonderful Andalusian stallion. Fortuno is going into well-earned retirement, so don't miss the chance to see this beautiful performer for the last time.

This is only a taste of the thrill you will experience at this year's Mane Event. Bigger, better and more exciting than 1999, 'Dancing with Horses', promises to delight all.

BOOK NOW through RACV Ticketing on 13 28 86,
or visit your nearest RACV Shop.


The Inaugural EQUITANA Art Awards contest judging, held at Definitive Events on Wednesday 19 September, concluded with "Noble" by Michael Wilkin being named the winning artwork.

The judges were delighted with the standard of talent portrayed from entries received worldwide, and found it difficult to choose an outright winner. Definitive Events would like to thank all entrants for their impressive artwork.

Michael and his winning piece will be featured in the EQUITANA Official Program and will be displayed in the EQUITANA Art Gallery at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from the 22 - 25 November.

In the meantime, you are invited to view Micheal's stunning art piece, by
visiting the EQUITANA website at


Time is running out for your chance to receive an EQUITANA Travel & Accommodation Package, valued at over $2,100.

This impressive VIP package includes:
2 adult airfares from your state of origin to Melbourne
6 nights accommodation for 2 adults at the Duxton Hotel in Melbourne
2 VIP Gold Passes to the event - admittance every day to EQUITANA as well as the official Welcome Cocktail Party
2 tickets to the Anky van Grunsven Clinic
2 tickets to the John Lyons Symposium
2 tickets to the Pat Parelli Clinic

All you have to do to be in the running for this fantastic package is become an EQUITANA Club Member. You can do this by registering at
So tell your friends and become an EQUITANA Club Member today!

Date of draw is 1st October 2001. Current members are automatically eligible.


Limited places are filling quickly for this year's EQUITANA Schools Program, which is being 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:

1. An introductory lecture featuring an Olympic Gold Medallist
2. An interactive demonstration by an internationally renowned educator
3. 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.

Prices start off at $10 per student with teachers free of charge on a ratio of 1 per 10 students.

For further information or a Booking Form, please contact Sarah Spencer on (03) 9596 8744 or e-mail


Definitive Events is pleased to announce that Julie Wilson will once again be the Official Photographer at EQUITANA 2001. Julie is Australia's most renowned equine photographer and you can see her latest work in Australian Horsesports, on sale now.

For more information, phone Julie on +61 03 5964 3342 or e-mail:


EQUITANA is proud to introduce a new element to the competition program for 2001 in the form of the Saddle Horse and Rider Championships. This stunning display of show horses will see horse and rider combinations producing their most harmonious work in a variety of classes including:
Small Pony
Large Pony
Open Rider Classes
Young Rider High Point

Come and see some of the nation's most successful horse and rider combinations compete for the prestige title of EQUITANA Supreme Saddle Horse and the EQUITANA Supreme Rider. The initial heats of classes and the Young Rider High Point ring will be contested at the National Equestrian Centre on Saturday 17 November. Two qualifiers from each Height Class and each Open Rider Section Final will compete for the Supreme Championships at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Friday November 23.

Prizemoney: Over $6,000 cash and prizes

Date: Saturday 17 November 2001 - Heats and Qualifiers of Height Classes and Open Rider Classes, Young Rider High Point Championship.
Venue: The National Equestrian Centre, Werribee

Date: Friday 23 November 2001 - EQUITANA Supreme Champion Saddle Horse and Supreme Champion Rider
Venue: The Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Entry Forms: Please contact Definitive Events - (03) 9596 8744

History of Saddle Horse
Saddle Horse competition originated in the United Kingdom, and has developed as one of the most widely supported horse sports in Australia. A variety of breeds of horses have achieved a high degree of excellence in Saddle Horse
classes over the years with many breeds being crossed to achieve highly successful sport specific horses.

Saddle Horse classes are aimed at producing horses that are not only very pleasing to the eye but that also possess excellent comformation, free flowing paces, good temperaments and horses that are well educated and relaxed in their work.

EQUITANA tickets on sale form RACV Ticketing - 13 28 86
or visit your nearest RACV Shop

For Travel & Accommodation call the Event Travel Office on 1300 300 756

For Clinic Tickets call +61 3 9596 8744 or visit

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