Champion European rider/trainer Anky Van Grunsven was brought to Australia in 1998 to present a dressage master class. The occasion needed some enhancement and it was decided to combine it with a young dressage horse competition. This competition is now the Australian Young Dressage Horse Championships with qualifying events all over Australia and run under official Equestrian Australia rules.
Since its inception the event has grown to become the most prestigious young horse event in Australia. In 2002 DWTS introduced the Young Jumping Horse Championship and the event became known as Dressage & Jumping with the Stars (DJWTS). In 2010 the Young Dressage Pony Championships were successfully introduced.