The inaugural Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon will be conducted at Mornington Racecourse
on Saturday, 5 April.
The unique event, to be hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) with the support of Racing
Victoria (RV) and the Victorian Government, will see retired racehorses compete in three equestrian
disciplines between races at the Mornington meeting.
Thoroughbreds with a link to racing are the most common breed among the more than 600,000
pleasure horses in Victoria and RV Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, said the Triequithon would
further promote retired racehorses as the ideal equestrian athlete.
“Racing Victoria is extremely proud to conduct the first Triequithon which works to further promote
the value and success of retired racehorses in post-racing careers,” Saundry said.
“Thousands of racehorses have gone on to successful eventing careers following their retirement
from the racetrack; they are highly versatile animals and we have witnessed extraordinary results on
the Australian eventing circuit.
“Retired racehorses are already an important part of the equestrian world and by showcasing their
attributes through the Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon we are looking forward to seeing
even more horses embark on eventing careers when they retire from the track.
“The Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon, one of many initiatives emerging out of our popular
Off the Track program, is part of Racing Victoria’s wider commitment to equine welfare.”
The MRC will offer two-for-one entry at the Mornington meeting with a range of on-course initiatives
planned to complement the Triequithon and an exciting seven-race program.
Victorian Premier and Minister for Racing, Dr Denis Napthine, said the Triequithon met two of the
key objectives of the Government’s Victorian Racing Industry Fund.
“Firstly, with the assistance of the Raceday Attraction Program, we are able to put on a very unique
raceday event which encourages people to take in a day at the races,” Dr Napthine said.
“Secondly, this event is focused on promoting post racing careers for thoroughbred racehorses
which the Victorian Government and Racing Victoria share as a priority for the racing industry.”
With entry open exclusively to riders of Off the Track thoroughbreds, the final line-up of 10
competitors has been determined based on stringent selection criteria and was limited to horses
scheduled to compete at 1* level in the 2014 Melbourne International Horse Trials on 6-9 June.
The riders, ranging in age from 15 to 40, will be competing for a prize pool totalling $15,000, making
the Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon one of the richest contests on the Australian eventing
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, accumulating points
based on their performance in each discipline.
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.
MRC 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.
“We’re delighted to be playing a significant role in the inaugural Triequithon,” Arnhold said.
“The greater Mornington area is genuine thoroughbred heartland, so it is excellent to be able to
provide the facility to assemble that strong community for such an event, and in doing so provide a
connection between thoroughbred racing and other equestrian disciplines.
“It is also pleasing to be able to support Racing Victoria’s Off the Track program, which has
enormous merit not only in keeping retired racehorses active, but in showcasing their great potential
as eventing athletes.”
The Victorian Government is providing funding from the Raceday Attraction Program of $60,000 to
assist with the event. RV is contributing the balance of the costs.