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spectators' guide

Since 1997, Adelaide’s east parklands have been home to the sound of galloping horses and after a three-year hiatus due to the Covid Pandemic, the Adelaide Equestrian Festival is being launched onto the international stage with a bigger than ever program, and a new fresh and exciting look and feel.    In 2023, the AEF will continue to build on the success of the Australian International 3 Day Event that has attracted guests from across the world for more than 20 years creating a festival like atmosphere for those that dream of unicorns through to those that aspire to compete at the Olympics.

CLICK HERE for the 2023 Event Program

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Competition Schedule

From Thursday 20 April through to Sunday 23 April, Victoria Park will be the heart of the Adelaide Equestrian Festival with the equestrian competitions being the hero of the event. The Adelaide Equestrian Festival will continue to be the home of the Adelaide International 5* FEI competition, Australia’s premier equestrian event, as well as CIC4*-S and CCI3*-L eventing competitions, with some of Australia’s best horse and riders competing in the equestrian sport of eventing in Adelaide’s east parklands. See the full Festival Schedule here.

Food & wine

When in SA do as the South Australians do! Eat great food and drink even better wine! If you’re an event lover then you definitely judge an event by the quality of the food and wine and the Adelaide Equestrian Festival will meet those expectations.

Saturday’s Cross Country Day will feature your favourite food trucks as well as pop up wine bars from KI Wines, Rymill Coonawarra and Ruston's Distillery to create a relaxing space to enjoy.

Barrister's Block will host the Blush Bar on Saturday's Horseland Cross Country Day. Get your best gear on, enjoy a glass of Barrister's Block bubbles and watch all the action of cross country through Rymill Lake.


If you need to get your equestrian retail therapy fix, then you can’t go past the extensive Market Place. Check out what Horseland have on offer, the latest saddles that Bates have in store, or pick up some of the popular AEF merchandise while you’re there.

The Market Place will also be the place to be across the four days as it will host a series of pop-up events & activations where spectators can discover more about the sport of eventing, our Australian athletes, as well as the horse and how to get involved. Interactive displays and activities will also enable kids & families and lovers of horses to get up close to the star of the show, the Horse, as well as participate in some fun activities.

The SA Water Quench Bench will be in the Market Place again this year. So if you bring your water bottle to the AEF head there to fill it up!

Special Events

Always wanted to learn how the Cross Country Course rides direct from a rider? We'll have interviews with our best riders across the weekend, as well as meet & greets.

There's so many different ways to compete with horses and if you've always wondered what Working Equitation is and what it involves, head to the Main Arena on Saturday afternoon to check it out!  There will also be Mounted Games displays, interactive displays for kids and Market Place exhibitors displays.

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