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

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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Para Equestrian Feature – Winnie Taylor

This week Canterbury Dressage is featuring our Para Equestrian Rider Winnie Taylor Winnie is an ordinary horse mad 10 year old and rides Stoneleigh Koromoko, aka Micky, but with a few more challenges than most 10 year olds. This doesn’t mean that Winnie wont do what...

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We are very excited to welcome on board Astek Stud as one of our event partners for the 2020 CoolTranz Ltd Canterbury Dressage Championships. Astek Stud is supporting the Developing Young Dressage Horse classes - this year we will be awarding a Grand Champion over this section, who will receive a sash, rug and garland.

“Asteks line up of stallions in 2020 are all capable or breeding top Dressage mounts.

Our new boy Cornet’s Air with his stunning looks and uphill paces produces tall scopey youngstock suited to all disciplines

SWE Dempsey line bred to Sir Donnerhall has had 4 premium foals in his first crop, his outstanding trainability and good looks suit breeders looking for a smaller horse with lovely paces.

Neither of these boys can produce a chestnut foal.

Astek Quatermasters youngstock now beginning to be started and competed under saddle are gaining rave reviews for their wonderful minds and exceptional movement.

Kinnordy Gym Bello stock need no introduction, he is an absolutely proven sire of outstanding dressage horses throughout New Zealand.

Astek Stud is available to discuss all options with you and give advice if required in order to assist you to breed your new superstar.

Email info@astek.co.nz or call Sue on 0272225037”
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As the CoolTranz Canterbury Dressage Championships 2020 are inching closer, we will start to feature our fabulous event partners here on this page. Please support them where you can - without their generosity, competitions like this would be significantly more expensive for our riders to enter!

A big thankyou to McLenaghan Contracting for coming on board as an event partner for the CoolTranz Ltd Canterbury Dressage Champs, supporting the Unregistered classes.

McLenaghan Contracting is a family owned and operated business based in West Melton employing a fantastic team of specialised staff. Our aim is to be a ‘one stop shop’ for lifestyle, residential, and rural property owners providing all the necessary skills, equipment and advice to service your property from Landscaping, Fencing, Driveways and Horse Arenas to Agriculture and Civil Developments. We also look after and renovate Sports Fields, can oversow using specialised equipment and lay astroturf. No job is too difficult, too big, or too small.

With an extensive portfolio of works completed, we are proud to be able to capably deliver projects for anything you require.

Thankyou McLenaghan Contracting Ltd!
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Usually we run a silent auction to raise additional funds at Canterbury Champs, this year we will be running an Online Auction before the event.

We are seeking donated goods or services that we can use to be auctioned either as single items, or to be included in a couple of hampers. If you have any things you’d like to donate, horsey or non-horsey we would be sincerely grateful. E.G: lesson’s, massage’s (horse or human), beauty products, horse gear, homewares, wine, gourmet pantry items, etc etc...

Please contact Cherie Pearson, Sarah Cornwall or Sally Goldsmith, or message this page to arrange drop off before 31 October.

Thanks for your support.
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