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

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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The AGM will be held on Wednesday 15th April, 7pm at the Glyn East Hall, McLeans Island.  All welcome. We have a few volunteer roles that need filling so if you are keen to be involved please come along!

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The gate is automatic!

There is a lot of very generous companies that have contributed hugely to get this beast of a gate mobile.

We would like to thank the following and would appreciate you supporting them if you can. 🙂

Along with the 3 disciplines being Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping all working and coming together to fit the short fall.

Just in time for the Cooltranz Canterbury Dressage Championships.
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A big thankyou to Canterbury Saddlery for coming on board once again as an event partner for the 2020 CoolTranz Canterbury Dressage Championships, supporting the small tour classes.

With a history of customer service spanning more than sixty years, Canterbury Saddlery has become somewhat of an institution for Canterbury equestrians. Having lived in the area for many years, owners Angela and Lesley have a strong connection to the local equestrian community.

"We're dedicated to continuing the long history of friendly, good old fashioned customer service that Canterbury Saddlery is known for and will continue to stock all the tried and tested customer favourites, whilst also introducing a range of exciting new brands from both New Zealand and abroad.”

Thankyou Canterbury Saddlery! 🐴
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And so it begins in where we need help to run the Cooltranz Canterbury Dressage Champs.
We have record entries with 195 horses entered.

First up we need at least 12 people to put up arenas. This is set down for Wednesday 25th at 10am.

Thank you Easter Pearce, Mandy Blokland, Bec Thomas and Naomi Murfitt for noting through EE you can help do this.

Look forward to at least another 8 to come and help please.
Thank you in advance 🙂
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How good is this. Will be up and running for Champs 😁Progress - the gate is in place!!!
However, for the next few days it is still manual and you will need to roll it open and closed please. Just temporarily people, we promise. Once all the gear is in place it will be all go!!! Doesnt it look so good 😍
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