The inaugural Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon will be held at Mornington Racecourse Saturday, 5 April.
This unique event, hosted by Melbourne Racing Club with the support of Racing Victoria and the Victorian Government, will see retired racehorses compete in three equestrian disciplines between races at the Mornington meeting.
Top riders, ranging in ages 15 to 40, will compete for a prize pool totalling $15,000, making the Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon one of the richest contests on the Australian eventing calendar.
Conducted in a condensed format inside and adjacent to the Mornington racetrack, horses will compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping throughout the meeting.
Local talented showjumper , Ebony Toole who will compete in the Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon on her retired racehorse Flying Socks, will be interviewed on RPP FM’s radio program The Breakfast Table this Monday, 31 March at 7.20am. She will talk about her riding injury and journey back to the saddle to compete in the Triequithon.
The public will have direct access to view the dressage and show jumping rounds of the competition with the spectacular cross country round to be broadcast live on the infield big screen courtesy of cameras on every jump of the state-of-the-art course.
The greater Mornington area is a genuine thoroughbred heartland, so it’s an excellent opportunity to provide the facility to assemble that strong community for such an event and provide a connection between thoroughbred racing and other equestrian disciplines.
Racing Victoria Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, said the Triequithon would further promote retired racehorses as the ideal equestrian athlete and further promote their value and success in post-racing careers.
Victorian Premier and Minister for Racing, Dr Denis Napthine said the Triequithon would assist the Raceday Attraction Program by putting on this unique event which focuses on promoting post-racing careers of thoroughbred racehorses.
Melbourne Racing Club Chief Executive, Brodie Arnhold said his Club was thrilled to be able to facilitate the event and is confident the meeting will appeal to the wider equestrian audience.
The Victorian Government is providing funding of $60,000 from the Raceday Attraction Program to assist with the event and Racing Victoria is contributing the balance.
The Mornington Racing Club is renown for holding spectacular events, and this one is no exception. A must see raceday with a difference for ‘off the track’ thoroughbred fans. Bring the family down for a wonderful day out.
For more information please visit racingvictoria.net.au
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Compiled by Debra Mar