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New Look for Sydney International Three Day Event
Homebush, NSW, Australia

This year's Sydney International Three-Day Event, to be held at the International Equestrian Centre at Horsley Park from 10 -13 September, will be a new and exciting experience for riders and spectators alike. The whole program has been revitalised to provide the best competition for athletes and the greatest involvement for visitors.

The addition of the Australian Young Event Horse classes will attract the new generation of event horses being bred in our country. This will be a show case of the time and money being spent on developing Eventing horses equal to the best in the world. It is the future of the sport in our country and will help set our sights on the 2012 London Olympics.

The cross country course will have a new look with FEI International Course Designer Ewan Kellett taking over the reins for this year's event. Ewan is well renowned for the Melbourne 3DE course and is sure to be introducing some new, challenging elements to the Sydney track as well as incorporating some of the famous jumps from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The layout of the main competition arenas, spectator and trade areas has been redesigned in an effort to bring riders, spectators, traders and sponsors closer together. The competition arenas and shopping village has been relocated to the parklands area between the stables and cross country course, with a number of exciting jumps in prime spots for viewing from the main arenas. The event will also be host to two major International Seminars including a FEI Veterinarian Course. With expert cross country walks, combined with rider biomechanics demonstrations by Colleen Kelly and advice on horse handling issues from James Meurer there will be lots to see and do.

With a prize pool of $12,000 this is one of the richest Eventing competitions in Australia and will attract the best of Australia and New Zealand's riders and horses, including Olympic medalists who are looking to gain essential qualifications on their pathway to selection for the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012. Up to 200 horses and riders are expected to compete over the four days, including riders from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Thailand. An estimated 3,000 people are expected to visit this premier event.

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