Adelaide Equestrian Festival kicks off this week as riders aim for Olympic glory

The Adelaide Equestrian Festival is back this week as riders from across the nation vie for a chance to represent Australia at the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.

The Adelaide Equestrian Festival is set to unfold from April 18th to 21st, hosting the only event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere in South Australia.

With the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics looming on the horizon, this prestigious 5-star event promises four days of electrifying competition as riders from across the nation vie for a chance to represent Australia on the global stage.

More than 70 elite equestrian athletes, accompanied by their magnificent horses, will converge at Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi and its surrounding parklands featuring disciplines such as Dressage, Cross Country, and Show Jumping. This festival stands as the pinnacle of equestrian competition in the Southern Hemisphere.

Greg Rolton, representative of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival, highlighted the event’s growing popularity, attributing it to the caliber of world-class riders and the captivating atmosphere it fosters.

“Last year, we welcomed more than 30,000 spectators to the Adelaide CBD parklands,” Rolton stated, expressing anticipation for continued growth fuelled by this year’s family-friendly activations and entertainment offerings.

“When you provide an opportunity to see world-class riders take part in eventing that is only
witnessed at this level in seven events globally, it doesn’t matter if you’re an equine enthusiast or not
– you’ll be drawn into the highly competitive and engaging atmosphere that is the Adelaide
Equestrian Festival,” Mr Rolton said.

The festival’s schedule promises something for everyone, with a free family fun day on Thursday, April 18th, kicking off the festivities. Activities include the commencement of Dressage competitions, school holiday arts and crafts, free face painting, and even opportunities for four-legged companions to join in the fun.

Each subsequent day offers a unique blend of excitement and entertainment, from Pryde’s Easifeed-sponsored Dressage competition to the adrenaline-fueled RB Sellars Cross Country Day and the highly anticipated ATCO Show Jumping Day.

“Adelaide’s beautiful Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi and its surrounding parklands will be hot to trot this April, as we welcome back the Adelaide Equestrian Festival,” Minister Bettison said.

“The elite sporting festival will continue our state’s non-stop event action, cementing South Australia’s reputation as an event destination of choice while injecting valuable dollars into our economy as athletes and spectators stay and play in SA.”

For more information about the Adelaide Equestrian Festival and to purchase tickets, click here.

Adelaide Equestrian Festival
When: April 18th to 21st
Where: Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi
More info: Click here

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