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In its 8th year, the highly anticipated 4CYTETM Dressage by the Sea CDI 2024 event returns, offering four days of competitive competition from February 22nd to 25th amid the breathtaking scenery of Willinga Park. With a record-breaking 753 entries, this year's event promises to be the largest yet, highlighting the abilities of over 290 horses and 190 riders.
Dressage, often referred to “the highest expression of horse training” will showcase a variety of movements, and spectators can anticipate a show of harmony, precision and athleticism of both horse and rider.
Official competitions across various skill levels, as defined by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), will take place in the world-class arenas from 8.00am to 6.00pm each day.
The program will showcase a comprehensive list of competitions. From the prestigious CDI 3* and CDI 1* events to categories specifically tailored for young riders, including CDI Children, CDI-Junior, and CDI Young Rider, there's something for everyone. Additionally, the CDI Under 25 competition provides a platform for emerging talent to shine. The event will also feature Official Novice to National Grand Prix competitions, allowing riders to progress and compete at various levels as well as freestyle to music, ranging from Advanced to Grand Prix, offer a captivating display of skill and creativity.
As the excitement builds for the Paris 2024 Olympics, the stakes are high for a group of talented Australian dressage riders competing at this year’s 4CYTETM Dressage by the Sea CDI 2024 event. Over the course of four days, riders including Jessica Dertell, Charlotte Phillips, Suzanne Hearn, David McKinnon, Caroline Wagner, and Mary Hanna will showcase their skills, vying for a coveted spot on the Australian Dressage team at the upcoming Olympics.
To qualify to be considered for Paris 2024 and be recognized by the FEI, riders must achieve a Minimum Eligibility Score of 67% or above on two separate occasions in the Grand Prix at a CDI3* competition or above. With their eyes set on Olympic glory, these riders are prepared to deliver stellar performances and demonstrate their potential to represent Australia on the world stage. Australian Selectors will be looking at competitors who score an average of 69% or more under the eye of a Level 4 international foreign judge.
Visitors to the event are invited to explore the enchanting gardens and sculptures that adorn Willinga Park's sprawling landscape. Spanning over 10 hectares, the gardens boast a stunning array of native Australian flora, complemented by over 30 large-scale sculptures crafted by renowned artists from Australia, New Zealand, China, and Japan. Sculptures by Phil Price, Jeff Thompson, Virginia King, and others create a captivating atmosphere that invites guests to wander and discover.
Whether you're a dedicated rider or an enthusiastic spectator, our trade stands offer a unique opportunity to explore leading brands and engage with knowledgeable vendors. From essential supplements to fine equestrian jewellery, top-quality saddlery, stylish apparel, and everything in between, there's something for everyone at the Trade Village.
Amidst the excitement of the event, the Bunker Cafe offers a tranquil retreat for visitors to recharge. As well as the Bunker Café, spectators can indulge in the culinary delights from food trucks starting at 8.00am. The Bunker Cafe will be open throughout the event from 11.00am, serving lunch and dinner, along with a selection of beverages from the bar.
Willinga Park Vet Hospital invites riders and spectators to explore their state-of-the-art facility, from advanced medical treatments to expert care, the hospital sets a new standard in equine health excellence. Tours of the facility will be offered on Saturday, February 24th at 11.00am and 2.00pm, as well as on Sunday, February 25th at 11.00am. Bookings not required for these tours. Whether you're a rider seeking top-tier veterinary services or a spectator curious about the latest advancements in equine healthcare, this is your chance to witness the future of equine medicine firsthand.
For those unable to attend in person, 4CYTETM Dressage by the Sea 2024 will be livestreamed on Willinga Park TV, ensuring that equestrian enthusiasts worldwide can be part of this extraordinary celebration.
For more information and updates, visit www.willingapark.com.au