Victoria Racing Club to support retired racehorses at Melbourne International Three Day Event

9 June 2023 Written by VRC

The Victoria Racing Club will continue its support for retired racehorses this weekend at Victoria’s premier eventing competition, the Melbourne International Three Day Event.

Held across the June long weekend, the country’s finest equestrian athletes will descend on the state’s top equestrian venue, Werribee Park, to compete.

The VRC will present a prize to the Best Performed Off The Track Thoroughbred in the 4CYTE CCI3*L and the Pryde’s EasiFeed CCI4*L.

Headlining the CCI4*L class is thoroughbred WillingaPark Clifford and his rider Hazel Shannon. The duo made history in 2019 as the first Australian combination to win a CCI5* three times and are looking for a good performance to qualify for the Australian team for the Paris Olympics.

VRC Ambassador and Olympian Amanda Ross will be a special guest and will host a course walk of the CCI4*L show jumping course for attendees.

The 2023 Lexus Melbourne Cup will also be on site and available for photographs with attendees and competitors in Racing Victoria’s Off The Track marquee in the Trade Village on Monday 12 June from 12pm to 2pm.

VRC Chairman Neil Wilson said the club was pleased to support such a great equestrian event.

“The VRC has a long history of supporting retired racehorses in their second careers and we are delighted to continue our support of the Melbourne International Three Day Event,” Mr Wilson said.

"Thoroughbreds are exceptional athletes both on and off the racecourse, and we are proud to see so many of them compete in elite equestrian competitions such as this under the VRC banner.

"We wish all the competitors the best of luck for a safe and successful event.”

Last year’s Melbourne CCI4* winners Shenae Lowings and her thoroughbred Bold Venture gained international success in Ireland last weekend, winning the Millstreet International Horse Trials outright and combining with her team mates to secure Australia’s qualification for the Paris Olympics in 2024.

The MI3DE, known as an equestrian triathlon, tests the partnership between horse and rider across the disciplines of dressage, cross country and show jumping.

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