Melbourne to host Oceania Eventing contest

Megan Jones and Kirby Park Allofasudden.
2009 MIHT winner Megan Jones and Kirby Park Allofasudden. © Peter Jones

The upcoming Melbourne International Horse Trials is hosting an Oceania competition for Young Riders as part of the CCI** class at this year’s event in June.

Teams from New Zealand have won the previous three times they have met Australia, when it was known as the Trans-Tasman competition. Australia will be looking for homeground advantage following the Kiwis’ successes in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

The Melbourne International Horse Trials (MIHT) has a record prize pool of $A50,000 for the event over Queen’s Birthday weekend (June 6-9) at the purpose-built Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre.

The Oceania Eventing competition for Young Riders is a welcome addition to the new look event, which will see the dressage and showjumping phases moved outdoors to a purpose built ampitheatre with spectator stands for eventgoers.

Event director Michael Hands said the Oceania Eventing competition for Young Riders will complement an exciting schedule of activities throughout this year’s MIHT.

“The MIHT looks forward to welcoming New Zealand’s next generation of talent to be part of a competition that is the oldest of its kind in the southern hemipshere.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide eventgoers an opportunity to enjoy international quality competition over the Queen’s Birthday weekend at Werrribee Park,” Mr Hands said.

Entries for the 2014 MIHT are open now via and close on Monday, 12 May.

Expressions of interest for the 2014 Young Rider Oceania championships close at 5pm on April 30.


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