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


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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A reminder that entries close Friday 15th March for this competition. Something for everyone at this two day show: Youngstock led classes (which will be held on Saturday morning) Dressage for all levels including non-graded, para and childrens led classes Musicals for...

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CoolTranz Canterbury Dressage Championships

Dressage Canterbury is delighted to announce and welcome CoolTranz as our event partner of the Canterbury Dressage Championships 1 and 2 December 2018. We are very excited to have CoolTranz on board with us to make the Canterbury Champs an exciting and successful...

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Looking forward to day 1 of the Dynavyte NZ series next Sunday 3 October.

Hyaluronic Acid a key ingredient in Dynavyte's Luronica (useful in supporting high motion joints in equine athletes).

So let's talk about hyaluronic acid…Hyaluronic Acid a key ingredient in Dynavyte's Luronica (useful in supporting high motion joints in equine athletes).

So let's talk about hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is found in most cells in the body and is mainly concentrated in the skin, joint fluid, eyes and connective tissues.

HA may be of benefit in the body with:
👉 Decreasing the symptoms of osteoarthritis
👉 Improving joint health
👉 Reducing joint stiffness
👉 Preventing bone loss
👉 Assisting wound healing and minimising appearance of scarring
👉 Collagen synthesis
👉 Relieving gingivitis (gum disease) and mouth ulcers

HA is currently undergoing licensing in the US as an ulcer treatment

The HA in Luronica is derived from non-animal sources (produced by microbiological fermentation).
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Entries are now closed for The Dynavyte NZ Spring Series, day one. We will take a wait list though. Thank you 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Thursday thoughts - The 2021 Rule Book (Version 9) is now online
both clean and simple Marked Up versions

Version 9 also contains the new Young Dressage Horse Rules as Annex 7, and Gold Silver Bronze Classifications as Annex 8
The NZPCA additional rules now become Annex 10

Hard copies of the Rule Books can be ordered from the ESNZ shop www.nzequestrian.org.nz/shop/?product_category=rule-books
For bulk orders please contact ESNZ direct nzef@nzequestrian.org.nz
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Due to Covid we are capping entries at 120 Riders for The Dynavyte NZ Spring Series. We are sitting on 110. Better be quick 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Top 10 Leagues for the 2021/22 season are now live and open for entries on EvoEvents NZ! Get in quick, as entries are closing at the earlier date of 1 November this year.

A very big thank you to our returning sponsors:
South Canterbury Saddlery (Timaru) Amateur Top 10 League
Equizee Pony and Young Rider Amateur Top 10 League
Oro Equestrian Limited Small Stars Top 10 League

and a very warm welcome to our newest sponsor joining us:
Excel Equine Masters Top 10 League

We will go into more detail about each of these leagues over the next few days, if you can't wait that long, you can read more here: www.nzequestrian.org.nz/disciplines/dressage/competition/dressage-series-classes
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