Royal Melbourne Show to mark special equine anniversaries

Clydesdales at the 2013 Royal Melbourne Show.
Clydesdales at the 2013 Royal Melbourne Show.

This year’s Royal Melbourne Show will feature two equestrian milestones:  the 100 year anniversary of the first Clydesdale Championship and the 80 year anniversary of the prestigious Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout. 

Entries are now open for the “Horses in Action” classes at the show, from Saturday, 20 September to Wednesday, 1 October 2014 at Melbourne Showgrounds. More than $80,000 in prize money and trophies are on offer at the event.

2013 Garryownen winner Susanne Pedersen.
2013 Garryownen winner Susanne Pedersen.

To celebrate the centenary year of Clydesdale Champions at the Royal Melbourne Show, judging of the Led Clydesdale competition will be held indoors for the first time on Saturday, 27 September. 

The 80th Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout, one of Australia’s most prestigious showing events for female riders, will feature at the Royal Melbourne Show on Wednesday, September 24, and offers more than $8,500 in prize money and trophies.

Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) CEO Mark O’Sullivan said “The RASV is committed to enhancing the event experience each year for competitors who participate in the Horses in Action program.

“To reflect this commitment, the RASV is engaging a panel of highly experienced and respected judges from interstate and overseas to preside over the competition, introducing exciting classes and improving the arrival and departure process for competitors.”

The 2014 Horses in Action program will introduce Champion Child classes for each height and a Hunt Club Relay event, where two teams of three riders will race over identical jumps courses.

Popular Horses in Action program events include the World Cup Jumping qualifier on Sunday, September 28, offering $10,000 in prize money and the Shetland Steeplechase presented by E-Cycle Solutions and the Australian Jumps Racing Association, held on various nights throughout the 2014 Royal Melbourne Show.

Entries close on Friday, June 6, with entries to Showjumping and Exhibition Eventing open until Friday, June 27, and Hunting until Monday, August 11.

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