What's new in 2019?

Highlights and important information

The 2019 Royal Melbourne Show, Horses in Action Competition welcomes exhibitors to compete against some of the finest horses and riders in the country. With the introduction of new and improved classes to complement the distinguished favourites, this is a Royal Melbourne Show not to be missed.

85th Anniversary Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout

The coveted Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout will celebrate its 85th year on Wednesday 25th September 2019. Australia’s most prestigious event honoring Garryowen who tragically died in a stable fire in 1934 and Violet Murrell who at 29 died bravely trying to save her beloved Garryowen. This event which is so rich in history, honors them both and stands above all others in prestige and competition. The Garryowen will once again take pride and place at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show. Thank you to our very generous sponsors and in celebration of the 85th anniversary, the total prize pool this year is our biggest ever with over $11,000 on offer.

FEI World Cup jumping a MER event for Tokyo Olympics

A true test of athleticism and skill as riders and horses tackle a world-class jumping course that is recognised as a World Cup Class MER Event that contributes towards riders qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in July 2020. Australia’s best showjumping riders and horses battle it out to win the 2019 Royal Melbourne Show World Cup Trophy. They will gain valuable points where the overall series winner will represent Australia at the 2019 World Cup Final and possibly the Tokyo Olympics.

The Alice Laidlaw trophy

Back where it all began, the Alice Laidlaw Trophy is now part of the jumping section and will be held on Friday 27 September. First introduced in 1948, this award is presented to the best lady rider over 18 years. Maximum height is 1.3m.

Grand Parade trophy

This class is a tribute of Grand Parade’s highly successful career as a Grand National winner, Royal Show Champion and successful broodmare. Her owner and breeder Melinda Ralph of Grand Stud supports this event in recognition of her most beloved mare. Over $1500 on offer. Open to Galloways over 14 hands and not over 15 hands.

New classes – Two novice senior riding competitions

Open to lady and gentleman riders, 18 to 25 years, 25 years and over.

Height certificates and microchipping

RASV in conjunction with SHCV are running a measuring day at WPNEC on Sunday 7th July.
The Show Horse Council National Height Certificates will be accepted at 2019 Show.
All horses entered in the 2019 Royal Melbourne Show are to be microchipped.

New online entry portal

A brand new online entry system has been developed to streamline the entire entry process.  The system is easier to navigate, easier to select your classes and easier to input performance information.

Publication of past performances  

The Royal Melbourne Show Horses in Action program proudly continues to innovate and ensure the integrity of the competition is maintained to the highest possible standard. As a result, at the close of entries, RASV will release the listed past performances of all horses nominated for the 2019 Horses in Action Competition (via a link). 

This list will be available to all 2019 Horses in Action nominated exhibitors to provide the opportunity to verify performances.  Should a result be questioned, the issue must be addressed in writing to the Horses in Action Coordinator horses@rasv.com.au

Any issue that is raised will be investigated by the RASV to determine whether a past performance has been listed correctly. As per Horses in Action Special Regulation 15, exhibitors are reminded that no forms of bullying or harassment will be tolerated and the purpose of the performance publication is to uphold the highest possible standards of competition.

Key dates 2019

Entries open: Thursday 25 April

Entries close: Tuesday 4 June

Entries close (Show Jumping): Monday 24 June

First round of acceptances: Wednesday 24 July

Entries close (Hunting): Monday 5 August

Entries close World Cup qualifying event: Wednesday 18 September


New timetable - section scheduling

Saddle horses will compete on the first five days of Show. They will be followed by Showjumping for four days and the Led Clydesdales. The Competition will conclude on the final Monday and Tuesday with the Harness Horses, more Clydesdales and Sporting Horses.

Australian Stock Horses: Saturday 21 September

Saddle Ponies and Junior Riding Events: Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September

Saddle Classes for Horses over 14 Hands: Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 September

Turnouts and Intermediate/Senior Riding Events: Wednesday 25 September

Show Jumping: Thursday 26 September – Sunday 29 September

Led Clydesdales: Friday 27 September

FEI World Cup Jumping a MER Qualifier Tokyo Olympics: Sunday 29 September

Hunting Horses: Monday 30 September & Tuesday 1 October

Harness: Monday 30 September & Tuesday 1 October

Light Harness & Sporting Horses Australian Championships: Tuesday 1 October

For more information including a summary of fees, view the 2019 schedule here.