8. – 10. April 2022
Exhibition Centre Essen

Magical moments of fantasy, music and the art of riding

With fascinating scenes, spectacular stunts and unforgettable moments, the HOP TOP SHOW also uniquely stages the special relationship between humans and horses in its anniversary year. The 50th anniversary show crowns the most extraordinary performances of the past decades.

International stars enchant the 2022 audience with unique choreographies and magical moments. Rhapsody immerses the audience in the world of fantasy that makes the seemingly impossible possible.

The best horse show in the world for 30 years


Only every two years and exclusively on three evenings during EQUITANA - World Equestrian Fair, you can experience this unique horse show.

Pure Fantasy

Dive into a colourful world composed of innovative show numbers and fascinating light effects, accompanied by electrifying sounds.

World Class

International artists, the best in the show business and actors from top sport stage emotional milestones with new show numbers in the HOP TOP SHOW. 


The about 60m wide LED wall and various spotlights under the ceiling transform the exhibition hall into an impressive stage and provide spectacular lighting effects.

What the media say about HOP TOP SHOW

HOP TOP - this name has stood for spectacular performances and unforgettable moments for years.


The HOP TOP Show is one of the best horse shows in the world.


The HOP TOP Show has been one of the highlights of EQUITANA for years and is a must for all horse lovers.


The Hop Top Show is considered to be the most extraordinary and most impressive horse show in the world.


EQUITANA is also always called HOP TOP Show. Even Olympic champions go weak at the knees!


The Hop Top Show at Equitana was so beautiful it made you cry.

Reiter & Pferde in Westfalen

The stars of "La Ora", the HOP TOP SHOW 2019

The best artists of the international show business and actors from top sports stage emotional milestones in the HOP TOP SHOW with new show numbers and inspire their audiences with them.

Take a look back at the stars of the last HOP TOP SHOW "LaOra" 2019 and look forward to the top stars and newcomers of the show scene who will thrill you in our new show "Rhapsody"!


A welcome guest from France is always Lorenzo, who has been a star of the horse show scene for years. More than 20 years ago, in the south of France, it all started with some vaulting exercises on a Camargue horse - today Lorenzo is one of the most successful and famous horse artists in the world. Whether World Cup tournaments, international equestrian games or horse shows - Lorenzo is on the road around the globe with his "International Horse Show". Newer, more difficult, with more horses - time and again Lorenzo amazes the audience with spectacular shows that leave them holding their breath. Standing freely on two horses, without bridle or halter, he directs them all as if on invisible strings.


Anne Krüger-Degener runs a sheep farm and an animal school for working dogs. Over time, the seriousness of daily work turned into the fun of breathtaking tasks. Involving almost the entire animal "staff" of the farm, Anne puts together shows that depict with crackling excitement what matters when using herding dogs and what the dogs and their trainer are capable of achieving. Again and again, these pictures impress with an incredible harmony between dog, horse and human.


Driving sport in a special class! 64 horses' legs get 16 hot wheels going in the arena! With the Weinmayr & Dobrovitz team, two top driving sport families brought four four-in-hand horses to the arena. The multiple German champion Ludwig Weinmayr and his wife Regina as well as the current 7th in the FEI World Driving Ranking, József Dobrovitz and his son József junior, showed us how agile and responsive good driving horses are - and how strong nerves they have when they make the "hot wheels" glow! 


Lived freedom combined with sport and excitement. Instagram star Lisa attaches particular importance to varied training with her horses. So her two favourites, the warmblood brothers, Valoo and Voody not only went from being athletes to partners, but from now on also show stars. "I started to rethink and wanted to do "everything better" with my young horses.

More trust, more love, more understanding and stronger togetherness were the first goals that crossed my mind. But how?" What became of these first questions and wishes was presented by Lisa Röckener in a unique moment in "LaOra."

We take care of your safety

All-embracing hygiene concept for a safe visit to the fair and show. 

Concept and Organisation

For more than 30 years, the EQUITANA team has been composing a total work of art out of breathtaking shows by various international top stars of the equestrian scene. The HOP TOP SHOW - an impressive world-class show that is only staged every two years and exclusively on five evenings as part of EQUITANA - World Equestrian Show.

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+49 211 90191-201

Mo - Do 08:30 – 16:30 Uhr
Fr 08:30 – 15:30 Uhr


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Arrival an Show Hours

8. - 10. April 2022

Exhibition Centre Essen
Messeplatz 1
45131 Essen

Show Hours:
Friday - Sunday:  20:00

from 18:00