Welcome to Canterbury Dressage

Canterbury Dressage was established 65 years ago by a group of riders and volunteers who shared the passion of creating a harmonious partnership with their horse.  They achieved this through gaining knowledge, applying correct training and with the support and friendship of like-minded others.  This philosophy remains the same today.

Being a branch of Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) who are the umbrella body of equestrian sports in New Zealand we adhere to their guiding rules and principles.

We are located at the beautiful grounds of the South Island National Equestrian Centre – McLeans Island where there are top quality facilities including numerous all weather arenas, covered yards, camping facilities along with jumping and hacking areas.

Canterbury Dressage provides regular competitions for all level of riders from unregistered through to those competing at the highest level.  We aim to provide education and coaching events to promote development opportunities for all levels of riders and horses.

Our Judges are trained and required to pass National and International standard assessments therefore we are able to provide you with quality judging.

A very hard working and dedicated team of volunteers manage all our events and without them we would not be able to provide you with the very successful branch of Canterbury Dressage.

Everyone is Welcome. We look forward to seeing you at our next event and invite you to get involved!

Latest News

Pryde’s Easifeed SI Young Rider Development Camps 2021

Calling all young riders: Applications are now open for the Pryde’s Easifeed SI Young Rider Development Camps to be held at the Selwyn Equestrian Centre, Christchurch, Tues - Thurs 12-14 October. It's a wonderful chance for young riders throughout the South Island to...

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CoolTranz Canterbury Dressage Championships

Entries are now LIVE for the CoolTranz Ltd Canterbury Dressage Championships 2020. Entries close on the 6th November at 9pm.     Please note the clause within the conditions, that entries will be given preference on a first in & paid / first served basis...

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Canterbury Non-Grading Winter Dressage Days 2020!

Entries close 7pm, 22nd June for our first winter dressage day on 5th July 2020. Click on this link: 2020 CDG Winter Dressage July V2 for a copy of the schedule for both 'standalone' non-grading days. Enter online via Equestrian Entries. Remember absolutely no late...

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Canterbury Dressage AGM 2020

We are happy to confirm that our annual AGM will be held on Wednesday 10th June at the Glynn East Hall, McLeans Island at 7pm. Please note that due to our Level 2 status, we need to cap the numbers at 100 people, and contact tracing and hygiene practices will be in...

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Dressage Canterbury Updates – April 2020

Hi all, I hope that everyone is well and managing within the strange environment that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to us all. Dressage Canterbury is receiving lots of information from Dressage New Zealand to help support area groups at this time. Their most...

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We are delighted to announce Moores Riding Wear is our Elementary (Level 3) sponsor!Moores Riding Wear Ltd is a home based boutique business specialising in New Zealand designed riding apparel, inspired by timeless elegance of formal equestrian turnout as well as the latest international high-performance clothing for top level competitive riding.With over 40 years experience in the industry, we have seen many trends and changes take place and we strive to constantly adapt and evolve whilst remaining true to our high level of quality and formal elegance. We offer a wide selection of riding jackets in stock, supported by a Made to Measure Service in New Zealand if required. ... See MoreSee Less
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Greg Smith Dressage & Fabuleux Vous Jewellery as our Medium Pony (Level 4) sponsor Fabulous equestrian inspired fine and fashion jewellery and accessories. The Breeze range is a collaboration between FV Jewellery & GSD-Greg Smith Dressage, presenting our beautiful equestrian inspired fine and fashion jewellery collections, polos, riding socks & horse treats Thank you for your generosity! ... See MoreSee Less
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Remember, only the rider or the groom may be mounted at any time during the competition. ... See MoreSee Less
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Warm Up Etiquette - Reminders Horse working at faster pace always gets the outside track. Walking on a long rein? Stay well to the inside track. Give way to horses doing lateral work or more advanced movements eg lines of changes. Nobody on foot in the warmup arena!! If you need to stop eg to tighten your girth, move well to the inside track, or exit the arena and re enter after.Keep your eyes up and communicate with other riders. If you are having trouble with your horse, politely ask if you can "reserve" a small corner where you wont upset other horses. Keep coaching voices down, not everyone appreciates a "free lesson". As a general etiquette point: please no videoing or photographing other riders without their permission, unless you are an official photographer.🐴🐴🐴🐴 ... See MoreSee Less
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