Horse trials draw a large crowd to city

More than 400 riders from Australia and overseas put horses through their paces at the annual Ballarat International Horse Trials event at the weekend.

Held at Victoria Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the trials drew competitors from as far as New Zealand and England.

LEAP: Madeline Wilson is pictured in action at the Ballarat International Horse Trials at Victoria Park on the weekend. Picture: Deb Bain.

LEAP: Madeline Wilson is pictured in action at the Ballarat International Horse Trials at Victoria Park on the weekend. Picture: Deb Bain.

The weekend’s event was the 11th hosted by the Friends of Ballarat Eventing Association.

“Riders took part in three phases – dressage, show jumping and cross country,” FBEA event secretary Nina Lloyd told The Courier.

“The high level riders are looking to gain selection for this year’s World Equestrian Games and down to the lower levels, they are trying to qualify for Interschool nationals.”

Despite some wet and windy weather, Lloyd said it was a successful three days of competition, with more than 150 former racehorses involved.