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Melbourne International Horse Trials 2014

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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Melbourne Horse Trials
The oldest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the second oldest in the world, the Melbourne International Horse Trials were founded in 1957.

The trials are staged over three days at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre and showcase three very different riding disciplines, dressage, cross-country and show jumping.

Victoria Werribee Horse Horses Horsemanship Cross Country Jumping Showjumping Dressage
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Dressage on day one is a demonstration of precision riding and harmony between the horse and rider executing set movements within a rectangular arena. It's sometimes referred to as equine ballet.

The second, cross-country, is a test of the courage and fitness of both horse and rider as they gallop around a course clearing fences and an array of often daunting natural and man-made obstacles whilst attempting to set the fastest time for the course.

Victoria Werribee Horse Horses Horsemanship Cross Country Jumping Showjumping Dressage
Photo by njaj -

The third and final discipline of show jumping is a timed event where horse and rider attempt to clear a set of fences in an enclosed arena in the fastest time and without incurring penalties for 'fences down'.

The Melbourne 3 Day Event brings together the very best horses and riders in a test of courage, fitness and agility in the grounds of one of Victoria's great old homes.

This family friendly event offers hospitality options ranging from a family picnic on the Mansion lawns to VIP premium hospitality packages.
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Why? See one of the worlds great 3 Day Events
When: Friday 6th to Monday 9th June
Where: Werribee Park, National Equestrian Centre
Cost: For all 3 days of competition Adult $85 Kids 4 to 15 $20 Concession $55. Day passes for SAT/SUN/MON Adults $35 Kids $10 Concession $25. Admission for Friday 6th is FREE.
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