The riders each have 2.5 minutes to separate a cattle from its herd., © Equitana, Frederike Scheytt

The Equitana cel­eb­rates eques­tri­an sport

A pi­on­eer­ing trade fair

Top eques­tri­an stars are reg­u­lar guests at the world’s largest eques­tri­an show: Olympic and world cham­pi­ons have shown their skills in the saddle for half a cen­tury by now.

The centre of equestrian sport moves to the Ruhr area every other year. Horse companies, breeding associations, internationally renowned professionals, and leisure riders will meet at the fairgrounds in Essen. They learn about new developments in equestrian sports equipment, husbandry, feeding, care, accessories, and clothing or can look at various horse breeds and riding styles.

Competitions in a number of equestrian disciplines attract just as much of a crowd at the fair as the popular show demonstrations do. These include western and baroque riding as well as classical show jumping or dressage. The “Hop Top Show”, where the best representatives of the international show riding scene demonstrate their skills in a mixture of musical and horsemanship performance, is accompanied by light and sound effects. Lessons, live training sessions, and seminars with great riders, national trainers, and outstanding instructors all are offered as part of the diverse programme.

Alternating with the Essen trade fair, the Equitana Open Air invites to the racecourse park in Neuss every two years. The open-air event also presents a vast variety of horse breeds and riding styles in the sporting, breeding, and show competitions.

Date: 6 to 12 March 2025

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The "Hop Top Show", in which the best of the international show rider scene show their skills in a mixture of musical and horsemanship demonstration, is accompanied by light and sound effects., © Hans Kuczka
Trail riding is a popular recreational sport. Recreational horses are also exhibited at the Equitana., © Equitana, Oliver Wachtenfeld
A popular show at the Equitana is dressage riding., © Equitana, Frederike Scheytt
Various saddles will be exhibited at the Equitana in Essen, © Equitana, Oliver Wachtenfeld
Western rider at the Reining Cup, © Hans Kuczka
The Equitana is the world fair for equestrian sport, © Equitana, Holger Schupp
The Ranch Cutting Cup is a popular competition during the Equitana trade fair days., © Equitana, Frederike Scheytt
The riders each have 2.5 minutes to separate a cattle from its herd., © Equitana, Frederike Scheytt

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