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Add to your Calendar 10-10-2020 00:00:00 18-10-2020 00:00:00 Australia/Sydney - POSTPONED - Alice Springs Masters Games - POSTPONED - Alice Springs Masters Games Alice Springs Pony Club, Blatherskite Park - Len Kittle Drive, Alice Springs, NT 0870
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10th October 2020

- POSTPONED - Alice Springs Masters Games

  • Location:
    Alice Springs Pony Club, Blatherskite Park - Len Kittle Drive, Alice Springs, NT 0870

The Alice Springs Masters Games, passionately known as ‘The Friendly Games’, were due to take place in October 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Masters Games have been deferred until 2022.

We are disappointed the Masters Games will not return in 2020, but continue to plan and prepare for an incredible event in 2022!

To those who were planning to attend in 2020, thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Red Centre in 2022.

We are now focused on the future and will confirm dates for 2022 as soon as possible.

Equestrian @ the Alice Springs Masters Games

Equestrian will be held at Blatherskite Park, a perfect spot to view the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges. Competition riding includes many disciplines like dressage, show jumping, novelties and more.

All events will be running under EA rules and regulations.
Appropriate clothing and approved helmets must be worn whilst mounted.
Each horse and rider combination are allowed to enter a max. of 2 consecutive heights/tests (excluding novelty events).
Competitors are encouraged to choose the division most appropriate for their horse/rider combination.

The Games are a fantastic way for men and women of all ages to participate in sport, and enjoy the health and social benefits lifelong sporting participation can bring.  In 2020 the Alice Springs Masters Games program will include equestrian, which is a great opportunity for your members to compete with other participants from across Australia.


  • Monday 12: Dressage
  • Tuesday 13: Dressage
  • Tuesday 13: Western and Stockmans Challenge
  • Wednesday 14: Western and Stockmans Challenge
  • Thursday 15: Novelties
  • Thursday 15: Show Jumping
  • Friday 16: Show Jumping

Minimum Age

30 Men & Women

Age Categories 

  • 30 - 49
  • 50 - 69
  • 70+

Games Information – [email protected]


In the early 1980’s the Australian Sports Commission first suggested an idea of a masters games and the philosophy of masters sport. The development of masters sport included an underlying belief that each participant is a champion in his or her own right, as long as the physical and mental attributes for each stage of life have been maintained at their optimum levels.

The Northern Territory Government immediately embraced the idea seeing potential opportunities for economic and social development benefits, so in 1986 the first ever Masters Games event in Australia was held in Alice Springs.

The 1986 Alice Springs Masters Games (then called the Central Australian Masters Games) became only the second event of its kind to be staged in the world. The only previous multi-sport masters games was the first World Masters in Toronto, Canada in 1985.

The Games and the concept developed in to a success story and quickly earned the reputation of ‘The Friendly Games’ because of the camaraderie and good spirited nature of the competitors and the environment created by the games village atmosphere of Alice Springs. That spirit is now carried around Australia and overseas by the thousands of people who have experienced the Alice Springs Masters Games.

The ‘Friendly Games’ tag has stuck ever since and it is easy to see why. The Alice Springs Masters Games has reached some amazing milestones over the years. In 2004 the Games celebrated 10 successful games, and then in 2006 the Games rejoiced as they reached 20 years of prosperous Games in Alice Springs. What is even more extraordinary is that over 100 competitors, officials and volunteers have been a part of the Games since 1986 – a remarkable achievement for all those people.

Participation in sport is a lifelong activity.  Masters sports contain fun, camaraderie and good-spirited competition. That is why the Alice Springs Masters Games adventure continues in 2020.