What's new in 2021?

Highlights and important information

The 2020 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.

86th Anniversary Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout

The coveted Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout will celebrate its 86th year on Wednesday 23rd September 2020. 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 86th anniversary, the total prize pool this year is our biggest ever with over $11,000 on offer.

FEI World Cup jumping 

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 2021 World Cup Final. Australia’s best showjumping riders and horses battle it out to win the 2020 Royal Melbourne Show World Cup Trophy.

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

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 25 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

Both Show Horse Council National Height Certificates & Equestrian Australia Measuring Cards will be accepted at 2020 Show.

All horses entered in the 2020 Royal Melbourne Show are to be microchipped. Please ensure your horse is microchipped prior to nominating, as you will not be able to complete the online nomination form without this 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 2020 Horses in Action Competition (via a link sent in an email).

This list will be available to all 2020 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 incorrectly. 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.

The RASV will still conduct performance checks on a random sampling basis.

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: Thursday 23 September

Saddle Ponies and Junior Riding Events: Wednesday 22 September (Pre-Show)

Saddle Classes for Horses over 14 Hands: Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 September

Turnouts and Intermediate/Senior Riding Events: Monday 27 September

Show Jumping: Tuesday 28 September & Friday 1 October

Led Clydesdales: Wednesday 29 September

FEI World Cup Jumping: Friday 1 October

Hunting Horses: Saturday 2 October (PM) & Sunday 3 October

Harness: Saturday 2 October & Sunday 3 October

Light Harness & Sporting Horses Australian Championships: Sunday 3 October