Evening Shows

The jewel of the world fair - in the evening after the fair closes, the best artists of the international show business and the biggest stars of the top-class sports take the stage in the show hall.

9. - 15. March 2023
Exhibition Centre Essen

Show Arena

In hall 5 you find the big show arena of EQUITANA


This is the home of the HOP TOP SHOW, the most spectacular horse show in the world: a masterpiece of fantasy, musical, riding art, light and sound effects in the context of EQUITANA - World Equestrian Fair. 


The best artists of the international show business and biggest athletes of the top-class sport showcase here in the HOP TOP SHOW with new show numbers emotional milestones and inspire their audience.



The training evenings, in which the top stars of the scene have been sharing their knowledge in a 2-hour show for many years, also take place in our show arena. 

Every EQUITANA year we welcome world stars who give us exclusive insights into their daily training routine.

On April 7, 2022, "Pferdeprofi" TV-Star Bernd Hackl will impart his knowledge on the subject of horsemanship to the EQUITANA audience.

The Olympic eventing champion and riding champion will demonstrate horse-friendly training according to classical principles at an exclusive training evening on April 11, 2022.

Bernd Hackl live

"Pferdeprofi" TV-Star and horsemanship expert Bernd Hackl will demonstrate his knowledge for the first time on April 7, 2022 in the big ring at EQUITANA. He helps horse and rider to understand each other better and shares his many years of experience with the EQUITANA audience.

Ingrid Klimke live

Olympic eventing and riding champion Ingrid Klimke will demonstrate horse-friendly training according to classical principles at an exclusive training evening on April 11, 2022.

She is world-class when it comes to the supreme discipline of equestrian sport, galloping as faultlessly as possible through the dressage arena, over ditches and walls and the final course. When it comes down to hundredths of a second, she gives her horses complete trust and gets it back many times over. "That is exactly what always inspires me so much," says Ingrid Klimke, describing the close connection she has with her horses. How she listens to each one and grows together with them on the road to success is something she will make clear at the exclusive training evening in the large ring at EQUITANA. 

Jean-François Pignon live

Small gestures and barely visible signals are enough when Jean-François Pignon directs a group of horses through the ring. Based on calmness, consistency and love for the horse, he demonstrates his training philosophy here, the success of which he has already demonstrated several times at the HOP TOP Show. 

On April 12, 2022 he will be the exclusive guest in the big ring of the show hall!

During the training evening at EQUITANA 2022, he will demonstrate how he succeeds in speaking the language of horses without any aids.

Info: the show will be held in French with German translation.


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Arrival and Opening Hours

9. - 15. March 2023

Exhibition Centre Essen

Messeplatz 1

45131 Essen


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