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

Training Day  – July 2 Draw

The confirmed draw is now available under Schedules. We are looking forward to seeing you and wish you a fun day of learning with (or without) your horse. Some people have entered in an Arena not initially allocated for the level you wish to ride.  That’s ok – the...

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Training Day 2 entry update

Anyone Training and Level 1 riders still wishing to enter the Training Day on 2 July please enter in the remaining time slots in Arena 2.

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TRAINING DAY – SUNDAY 28 MAY 2017

We are looking forward to a great day where we can all take the time to help each other and develop our learning. The riding times are as listed below (as per your selection).  Please talk to the judge of your arena before your test to discuss what test you are doing...

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Explanatory note for Article 440 (and 441) Update

Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) and the ESNZ Dressage Board have been considering the rule contained in Article 440.3, putting in place an age restriction on Judges of 75 years. This consideration followed a legal challenge made against Equestrian Sports New...

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Revocation of age limit for judges

12th May 2017 NOTIFICATION TO ALL DRESSAGE NZ AREA GROUPS REGARDING REVOCATION OF AGE LIMIT FOR JUDGES On 31 January 2017 the Dressage NZ Sport Manager Wendy Hamerton sent the following email to the Dressage Committee. This email included an update to the Rules which...

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We thought it would be nice to introduce our committee, with a small write up of where they started and where they are now.
First up we are starting with our riders rep's. We are lucky enough to have 2 of them. Being Sophie Griffith and Beth Condon being our youth riders rep.
Here we have Sophie's story. Beth's to follow. 🙂

Please riders, by all means approach these lovey young ladies with any query at all. In fact we encourage it. They are happy to help 🙂

Hi my name is Sophie Griffith and I am the rider’s rep for Canterbury Dressage.
I am a professional rider running my equestrian business SSG Equestrian from Leeston Canterbury.
I started riding at the age of 5 rising to 2 star Eventing over subsequent years.
My real passion now lies with dressage, I have produced my own horses up to young rider level and
South Island level 7 champion, and continue to ride at all levels. I school horses for others, sale on behalf and lessons.
I continue my training with Vanessa Way; I have a young team of horses who you will often see at Dressage.
If I can be of any help, pass on any queries you may have, thoughts on how things are running, please feel free to contact me.
Our horse truck is very visible at events please call in and say hi, if not contact me via Canterbury dressage , my SSG Equestrian facebook page or my web site www.ssgequestrian.com
Look forward to meeting up with you all.
Regards
Sophie
SSG Equestrian
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