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June 9, 2015

Saddleworld Melbourne International 3 Day Event

Congratulations to everyone involved in Saddleworld International 3 Day Event. It was amazing.
Thank you to the Eventing Committee, the Equestrian Victoria staff, the Werribee Park Equestrian staff, the Ground Jury and everyone who volunteered or got roped in.
As well as the great performances of the horses and riders some of our highlights were:-

  • Lots of beautiful horses in the ESB Young Horse Challenge.
  • Apart from the Dubarry First Horse Inspection, the sun shone.
  • We had a visit from the FEI President on Friday who enjoyed watching the Eventing Dressage and Ready Set Trot participants.
  • We had the Equestrian Awards in Melbourne on the Friday night.
  • The trade village looked fantastic & tempting.
  • The cross country course looked beautiful under sunny skies.
  • We had great crowds for all phases & they loved watching the International Dressage Competition at night with a full grandstand.
  • The Showjumping lawn was foot perfect & the jumps didn't blow away (thanks to Prydes Easi feed).
  • Will Enzinger sang the National Anthem before the 3* Showjumping.
  • Lots of Off The Track thoroughbreds in the placings.
  • 3.5 minutes on Channel Nine News

Keep an eye out at Rio 2015

For full results go to

Off The Track Highlights

Catch all the Off The Track highlights from the final day of the Saddleworld Melbourne International 3 Day Event including interviews with Rob Palm (1*), Molly Barry (J1*), Andrew Cooper (3*) and Eleanor Osborne (2*)

Weekly Time Media Coverage

A wonderful article about Saddleworld MI3DE by the Weekly Times Click Here.

FEI presidential at MI3DE

Ingmar De Vos , the new president of the FEI visited MI3DE as part of his first ever tour down under.
Princess Haya retired in December 2014 and Ingmar, as the incoming president had flagged a visit to each of the 9 Nation groups and the 133 member countries of which Australia and New Zealand were the first countries to be visited . Ingmar thoroughly enjoyed watching the Ready, Set, Trot program and was enthusiastic about the inclusion of non horse related activities as a way of bringing equestrian to non horse owners .He congratulated the organising committee on the delivery of a fantastic International Event and commented about the wonderful, cheerful volunteers who are such an integral part of the running and success of events.



We at Dressage Victoria could not be happier with the response from the equestrian community to the arrival of a CDI-W at the Saddleworld Melbourne International 3 Day Event.
Firstly the riders and their supporters provided the funds for the event to take place. The crowd of 1,000 eventers and dressage fans who filled the indoor arena providing a atmosphere filled environment for the horse and their riders.
Congratulations to John, Maree and Sue for placing 1st, 2nd & 3rd and for attracting some very favourable comments from our visiting judges.
Many thanks to Deb McNicol, Iole Brzozek and Sue McKay for making this happen. A huge thanks to Janet Houghton and her amazing team for inviting DV to run the CDI-W. The live streaming by Equestrian Life also produced many favourable comments from an even wider audience which all helps administrators to front up again next year.

2015 Equestrian Australia Awards

Australian Showjumping Championships - Equestrian Australia Event of the Year

The Australian Showjumping Championships received the highest accolade at the recent Equestrian Australia Awards being named the Event of the Year.  Event Director Annie White said “This accolade is shared with all those working to produce such a high calibre event.  The committee members work tirelessly for the whole year to ensure all stakeholders are catered for and are to be commended for such a fine job.  It could not happen without our principal partners in the Victorian State Government, Werribee Jeep, Barton Equine, Cseti Trust  and all our sponsors so a big thank you is sent their way.  The televising of the event aired on FoxSport  and live streaming has now given us access to non-equestrian spectators that is very attractive to our sponsors in return for their investment.   The officials and volunteers that provide the backbone of the competition to ensure the jumping presented is of a truly high standard worthy of a National Championships must also must be acknowledged. ”
The fourth running of this prestigious event is set for Sept 17-20th and we look forward to another successful year.  Any companies interested in sponsorship are welcome to contact Annie White on 0432077028 or email  If you are interested in volunteering, you can click here to be taken to the online form to register  and our Volunteer Co-ordinator Caroline Price to contact you and discuss.  Trade Village enquiries can be sent to Ang Dobbin on  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thoroughbred Riding Club- Equestrian Australia Club of the Year

The Thoroughbred Riding Club would like to thank all of their members for supporting Off the Track Thoroughbreds. They would like to acknowledge Racing Victoria’s Off the Track program and thank them for all the support they give to the club and the members. A thank you to all the fabulous NCAS coaches particularly Jo Brady. Lastly a massive thank you to Equestrian Australia for the recognition and acknowledgement to the club, it’s quite an honour.  ‘Go the Mighty Thoroughbreds!’

Young Rider of the Year

The Young Rider of the Year nominations close on the 12th of June.

The Young Rider of the Year is a fabulous opportunity for the achievements of our Young Riders to be acknowledged by the Equestrian Community.
An amazing Training Day is being held on the 20th of June at WPNEC starting with breakfast at 7:30am. This day offers our Top Ten Young Riders from all four disciplines an amazing opportunity to be trained by some of the best coaches and to interact with high achieving Young Riders from all disciplines.

The final selection for the overall winners in each discipline will be made at the Equestrian Victoria Awards Night. Watch this space for the date.

For more information please, Click Here.


Photo Credit to Michelle Terlato

Hygain Young Rider Squad

All is set this weekend as the Hygain sponsored Junior and Young Rider Squads continue.  Last squad was enjoyed by all, Werribee turned on the weather and the new fence around the sand arenas was much appreciated so thanks to WPNEC for this improvement.  Our new coaches of Gavin Chester and Alex Rooney were well received along with our old favorites of Paul Williams and Adam Wootten.  The talks were by James O’Connor of Elite Team Leadership and also Sue Smith on the Training Scales.  Timetable and newsletter are up on the website to be downloaded.

Course Building Clinic

This is to be held on July 12th at Werribee.  This will be conducted by Gavin Chester and Brian Lavery and will be open to all standards of Course Builders together with anyone interested.  Forms on the Jumping Victoria website.


Equestrian Victoria would like to introduce the new face of Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre,
Laura Reid.

Laura has recently started at WPNEC having previously worked as a Surgical Veterinary Nurse in the Geelong region. Her passion for all things equine started at the early age of 2 when her parents sat her on a pony and realized she had a “good seat”. Many equine partnerships later and Laura is now introducing her OTT “Only He knows” better known as Samuel to the show ring. We would like to thank all our EV members for their patient and understanding during this transition time with WPNEC. Please feel free to come by the office and introduce yourself to Laura, she looks forward to meeting you all.

Show Horse

Measuring Day

We will be hosting an official measuring day on the 11th of July.
This will be run in conjunction with our measurers training day.

Upcoming Seminars & Workshops

14th June & 11th July- Winter Show Horse Clinic
18th July-Judges Seminar

For more information please follow the link

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