Melbourne’s international three-day-event is being relaunched under a new name and with new management.
Following an agreement with privately owned events company Nodding Horse Pty Ltd, Equestrian Victoria (EV) has announced that the Werribee event will be relaunched as the Melbourne International Horse Trials (MIHT).
The event is 57 years old and will this year take place over Queen’s Birthday weekend from Friday to Monday, June 6 to 9, 2014.
As part of the new venture, horse and rider combinations will compete at the MIHT in Junior CCI*, CCI*, CCI** and CCI*** classes for a prize pool of more than $A50,000.
Event director Michael Hands said the Melbourne International Horse Trials would be Victoria’s premier sporting and social event on Queen’s Birthday weekend.
“We aim to build on what has become a spectacular long weekend of entertainment at the idyllic Werribee Park precinct.
“The 2014 MIHT will be a true showcase of Australian equestrian talent in preparation for the 2014 World Equestrian Games and the 2016 Rio Olympics,” Hands said.
Committed to offering world-class facilities at the 2014 MIHT, the revamped cross-country course will be designed by Ewan Kellet.
Three-time Olympian, international judge and EV Chairman Barry Roycroft said the partnership marks a new chapter for Australia’s eventing scene and will strengthen the country’s position as a leader in equestrian sports.
“As a long-time participant, I am excited by the opportunities the partnership will bring to the Melbourne International Horse Trials and the wider equestrian community,” Roycroft said.
The MIHT provides visitors with a full weekend of entertainment, where they can enjoy the action at Werribee National Equestrian Centre and off course at the heritage listed Victoria state rose garden, Werribee Park Mansion and Werribee Open Range Zoo.
The MIHT will commence on Friday, June 6 with the dressage phase, followed by CCI** and CCI*** dressage on Saturday, June 7, cross-country on Sunday, June 9 and the final phase of competition, showjumping on Monday, June 9.