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Australia’s top eventers eye $50K Melbourne prize pool

Megan Jones powers through the ornamental lake on KP Allofasudden at the Melbourne International Horse Trials.

Megan Jones powers through the ornamental lake on KP Allofasudden at the Melbourne International Horse Trials. © Michelle Terlato.

Several of Australia’s best eventers will take on the country’s promising new talent at the 57th Melbourne International Horse Trials this Queen’s Birthday long weekend at Werribee.

Australia’s number one eventer Shane Rose, currently ranked fifth in the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings, heads to Melbourne for the event from June 6 to 9 hot off his win in Sydney in April.

Rose is set to start against fellow Olympians Sonja Johnson, Megan Jones, Amanda Ross and Stuart Tinney over the three-day event and returning 2013 CCI3* winner Katja Weimann.

Event Director Michael Hands said the calibre of entries this year’s Melbourne International Horse Trials has attracted is a testament to the standard of rider and horse quality in Australia.

“We are excited to welcome Australia’s best riders and horses to our event and to provide a platform for spectators to see international equestrian competition,” Hands said.

Competition for a record $50,000 prize pool shared across the CCIJ1*, CCI1*, CCI2*, CCI3* classes is set to be fierce as over 160 riders from across Australia and New Zealand compete.

The  CCI2* class also doubles as the Oceania Eventing competition for Young Riders, between teams from Australia and New Zualand.

Dressage will take place Friday and Saturday (6-7 June), cross-country will be on Sunday (8 June) and the final, deciding phase, show jumping will conclude the competition on Monday (9 June).

Tickets for the event are available from Ticketek. More information: www.miht.com.au

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