The Sydney International Horse Trials is Australia’s oldest three-day event.
The Sydney International Horse Trials has a long and rich history. Since 1957 the event has been considered one of the premier features of the Australian eventing calendar.
Our honour roll includes some of Australia’s most accomplished riders with no less than 17 Olympians taking out honours at the event.
The event has been held at four different venues throughout its history, including;
- THE PADDINGTON ERA – (1957-1986)
Then known as the Sydney Three-Day Event, the competition was held in conjunction with the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Back then, the dressage and cross-country phases were held in Centennial Park, while the speed and endurance phase was held at Randwick Racecourse, with the showjumping final held at the Sydney Showground.
2. THE WORRIGEE & LOCHINVAR ERA – (1987-1998)
In 1987 and 1988 the event was held on Olympian, Merv Bennet’s farm in Worrigee on the site of the original Worrigee racecourse.
In 1989 the event was moved to Lochinvar in the Hunter Valley.
3. THE SIEC ERA – (1999-present day)
The 2000 Olympics in Sydney began an exciting new phase for the Sydney International Horse Trials. The event is now held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC) at Horsley Park, home of the Olympic Equestrian events in 2000.
To this day the Sydney International Horse Trials remains a major fixture on the Australian eventing calendar.
Neale Lavis on Benalong (pictured above), were the first winners of the Sydney Three-day event in 1957.
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