Equestrian sports in Victoria, Australia, have received a welcome boost of $65,000 for the development of a ground-breaking volunteer programme.
Leading equestrian associations in the state including the Pony Club Association of Victoria (PCAV) and the Horse Riding Club Association of Victoria (HRCAV) will be involved in the development and delivery of the initiative, following the grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria for the Equestrian Victoria (EV) programme.
The new EV volunteer programme will recruit, retain and reward volunteers at its annual events, in a format that can then be rolled out to all clubs across the state.
EV CEO Greg Pratt welcomed the State Government’s support and said Equestrian Victoria is very proud to have obtained a significant investment for equestrian sport.
“The support from Sport and Recreation Victoria is a huge boost and will help us to continue to strengthen the equestrian sporting calendar. We look forward to delivering a volunteer program that can be initiated by Equestrian organisations across Victoria. I can only encourage our other states to follow suit,” Pratt said.
The $65,000 funding is in addition to $20,000 apportioned by Sport and Recreation Victoria, under its Significant Sporting Events Program for the upcoming Melbourne International Horse Trials at Werribee Park over Queen’s Birthday Weekend in June.
Set among the magnificent surroundings of Werribee Park Mansion, State Rose Gardens and Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, Australia’s best horses and riders will compete in the tri-phased event.