Australia’s star eventers will be riding against up-and-coming talent at the 57th Melbourne International Horse Trials (MIHT) this Queen’s Birthday (6-9 June) long weekend at Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre.
Megan Jones powers through the ornamental lake at the Melbourne International Horse Trials. Photo credit to Michelle Terlato
Australia’s number one eventer Shane Rose, currently ranked fifth in the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings, will be riding high in the MIHT CCI3* competition 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,” Mr 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.
MIHT 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).
Eventgoers can enjoy ringside seats to take in the action on the course and there is a hospitality package to suite every taste. Tickets for this year’s event are on sale now via Ticketek.
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Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh moved from 25th after Dressage to 5th after Cross Country to 1st place after one of the most thrilling finishes, with no clear rounds produced. For the rest of the Australian riders that completed Paul Tapner and Kilronan slipped to 4th Place, Wendy Schaeffer and Koyuna Sun Dancer moved up to 12th and Christopher Burton and TS Jamaimo moved up to 16th Place .