BALLARAT horse riders excelled in the Speed to Safety program held at the Moonee Valley races, with Melissa Doodt winning the highest level event.
Riders represented the Barwon Zone in an initiative of Racing Victoria and the Pony Club Association of Victoria competition.
Grades one and two riders completed 1000 metres aiming for the optimum time of 109 seconds, and grades three and four riders aimed to complete the same course in 120 seconds.
All three Ballarat representatives either placed first or second in their events, and were awarded with glass trophies from the Victorian Minister for Racing Denis Napthine.
Melissa Doodt, 22, won in a near perfect time in the grades one and two competition on Kingdoms Century, finishing the course in less than half a second more than the optimum time.
Kelsey Mason, 20, came in second behind Doodt on Mr Yarraman.
Lucinda Doodt, 15, placed second in grades three and four riding Disco Gossip.
All riders qualified for the finals from trials on their own racecourse, which were ran in between races at Moonee Valley.
The Ballarat riders qualified at the training facility at Dowling Forest.