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Trialling milestone

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October 31, 2017

Goulburn Valley Horse Trials will celebrating 50 years of the Avenel Horse Trials at the next event on November 3 to 5 at the Greenvale Equestrian Centre.

Goulburn Valley Horse Trials Association will celebrate 50 years of the Avenel Horse Trials at the event at Greenvale Equestrian Centre, on the edge of Melbourne, this weekend.

In 1967 the first Avenel Horse Trials were held at Glen Appin, near Avenel, with a small but elite field containing several Olympic riders.

Fifty years on, the event is going strong and is one of Australia’s longest-running events. It is a prime fixture on the Victorian eventing calendar, catering for 400 horses.

‘‘Circumstances may have dictated a few venue changes over the years with the event now run out of the Greenvale Equestrian Centre, but the current committee is proud to retain the Avenel name and traditions,’’ Goulburn Valley Horse Trials Association president Michael McCarrey said.

‘‘This year’s event is placed two weeks before the Adelaide international four-star event, and as a perfect final hit-out it will boast a strong field of Victoria’s best combinations.

‘‘Action will be held across the weekend with the dressage phase on Friday afternoon and Saturday and the jumping phases from Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

‘‘A celebration will be held on the Saturday evening to recognise 50 years of the event, and the Goulburn Valley Horse Trials Association welcomes all past competitors, committee and anyone associated with the event to come along to the Greenvale Equestrian Centre in Section Rd from 5pm.’’

Food and drinks will be available to buy and the two-star and four-star showjumping will be on in the main arena from 5.30pm.

■For more information on the November 3 to 5 event, email Michael McCarrey at avenelht@hotmail.com or go to the Goulburn Valley Horse Trials Association Facebook page.

—Declan Martin

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