The first ‘Dressage by the Sea CDI’ was held at Willinga Park in September 2017.  It was the first internationally-recognised dressage competition at the facility. 1700 spectators flocked Bawley Point, where Willinga Park gave the community a taste of elite equestrian competition and local food indulgences.

Held over four days from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th February 2018, the next ‘Dressage by the Sea CDI’ event is set to be bigger and better.  Willinga will be stepping it up a notch this time, to run a CDI3* competition, and a Medium Tour competition. There will also be young horse competitions for 4, 5, and 6 year old horses.

The event will be an important qualifier for riders hopeful of selection for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. New Zealand’s best riders will also have their eyes on the prize, with several expected to make the journey. The best of the best will battle it out in the Grand Prix Freestyles, with an opportunity to take home a share in a $15,500 prize pool.

Willinga Park owner Terry Snow said “It is important that we make it possible for our best riders to make a living from competing in equestrian sports. If we want to have a successful team at the Olympics and World Games, we need their focus to be on their training program so they can be their best.  Australia has a long way to go but we hope this event is a start”.

The VIP canape-style lunch event will be back on Sunday 25th, with a front row seat to the Freestyle finals.

Spectator Information


General Admission (GA) includes:

  • Entry to Willinga Park and parking.
  • See all the dressage competitions on the day (seats are unallocated).
  • Unlimited access to the stunning botanic gardens, filled with sculptures and thousands of native plants.
  • Shop until you drop in the Trade Village filled with equine products.

Sunday VIP Ticket
Includes General Admission on Sunday for one person, priority parking, plus access to the exclusive VIP area. Here you will be served a delicious canape-style lunch, with fresh seafood and other local produce, created by chefs from renowned local restaurant Tallwood. Drinks are also included, featuring carefully selected wines. Over lunch, entertainment will include the freestyles, dressage choreographed to music. You must be at least 18 years of age to buy this ticket and will be required to show identification.

Four Day Pass
Enjoy a full 4 days of dressage competition (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).





Willinga Park is excited to be partnering with SCPH to offer glamping accommodation on site! Glamping tents are $560 flat rate for the event, for Wednesday – Saturday nights inclusive. Check in after 4pm Wednesday 21st Feb. Check out by 6pm Sunday 25th.Contact Erin or Madalyn for more information and to book your stay now (0448 826 954,

Other Accomodation Options

 Click here for other accommodation options in the area.



The schedule below is subject to change.

Program of events information – click here

Will include the Trot Up (fitness inspection) for International horses at approximately 4.30pm. Dressage Tests throughout the day include Medium 4.2 & 4.3, Intermediate II, Advanced 5.2, & Intermediate A

Dressage Tests throughout the day include Advanced 5.3, Prix St Georges, Junior, Young Rider, Under 25, Intermediate B, Grand Prix, and the prestigious International ‘CDI3* Grand Prix’.  This event will feature Olympic athletes and others vying for World Equestrian Games selection.

Saturday will include the first of two Young Horse tests for 4, 5 & 6 year old horses. Other Dressage Tests throughout the day include Intermediate I, Junior, Young Rider, Under 25, Grand Prix Special for the CDI3* group, and the Advanced & Medium Tour Freestyles (dressage choreographed to music).

Sunday will be the Crème De La Crème of dressage with the remaining Freestyles (dressage choreographed to music), including the prestigious Grand Prix  CDI3* Freestyle with a prizepool of $15,500. Sunday will also include the second Young Horse tests for 4, 5 & 6 year old horses.

Competitor information

Click here for all information regarding competitor entry to Willinga Park’s ‘Dressage by the Sea’ CDI.

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