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Horse Power NEC Taupo NEC Christchurch

Bates Saddles NZ Dressage Championships 2022

Taupo NEC 24-26 March 2022



The 2022 Bates NZ Dressage Championships and  Para Equestrian Championships will feature at the Taupo NEC from 24-26 March 2022.  The event will be the twenty third  consecutive year of the partnership between Dressage NZ and Bates Saddles. The schedule will be available on EvoEvents in mid December and entries will open 4th January 2022.  

The three day event from Thursday – Saturday  will include the Super 5 League NI Finals, Bronze & Silver Championships from Preliminary to Advanced Medium,  and Young Horse championships all alongside the prestigious Bates National Championship Titles  and the  Para Equestrian Championships for all Grades.  The Grand Prix Freestyle and Young Dressage Horse Finals will feature in the NEC stadium on Saturday night

Subject to international judges being able to come into NZL quarantine free, the event will include  a CDI3*, CDIY, and CDIP.

If you would like to promote your brand at this prestigious dressage event please talk to us – we would love to tailor a package  that can include sponsorship of competitions, advertising and trade space options to suit you 

We also welcome volunteers and offer a great event experience. You don’t necessarily need to have experience with horses to volunteer, but there are a wide range of opportunities for you to interact and work with an enthusiastic group and put “volunteering” on your CV 

Message from  Event Director Cassie Freeman [email protected] 

I am thrilled and excited to be part of the Bates National Dressage Championships 2022. Organising  has already begun, and at this early stage I am delighted to welcome key back members of last year’s wonderful team, including Margs Carline (Technical Delegate) Heather Hilder (Event Secretary), Cathy Vennell (administration Manager), and Jos Gresham (Stable Manager).   

 Join the Team: We are a very friendly team and if anyone would like to volunteer to help at the event or is interested in the sponsorship, marketing and trade  opportunities that are available, I would be very pleased to hear from you. I am planning be at the Premier League Show in the Bay of Plenty at the end of October. I’m looking forward to meeting some of you at this event,  if you are there please do come and say hello.


Eligibility NCH 2022: (Graded competitions only)
From 1 Jan 2021 until date of close of Entries. If excessive entries are received, wait lists and balloting will be implemented

MES = Minimum Eligibility Score 

All graded classes


Event Classification (Graded competitions only)

Preliminary & Novice


Premier League 2021 & 2022

Island Championships 2021 & 2022

U25 Championships 2021 & 2022

Named Events: Dressage by the Lake 2021

Elementary – Advanced


CDIP (Ponies)

Qualify at Elementary or  Medium Level)


CDIY & Small Tour (PSG /Int I)


Medium Tour (INT A/B) & Grand Prix


Young Dressage Horse Classes

No prior qualification but the OC reserves the right to restrict numbers. If balloting is required priority will be given to horses who have scored at least 65% at a Premier League or Named event. Proof of age of horse must be verified on ESNZ database by breed papers or passport, or other approved documentation