Sydney Horse Festival in the home stretch

The inaugural Sydney Horse Festival is well on track to being the huge success joint venture partners dmg world media and the Sydney Turf Club originally anticipated.    The Sydney Horse Festival will be staged in the brand new exhibition centre, at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, on Friday and Saturday, 26-27 March 2004.    Held during the Golden Slipper Festival, when Sydney comes alive with thoroughbred racing excitement, the Sydney Horse Festival will be of great interest to members of the thoroughbred racing industry and to horse enthusiasts at any level of involvement.  


The Festival is expected to attract  thousands of visitors drawn from the thoroughbred horse industry to see the many trade displays, and to network with industry colleagues on opening day, Friday 26 March. A broad public day on Saturday 27 March, coincides with all of the excitement of the Darley Guineas Day.


New South Wales has a strong thoroughbred & racing heritage, with some of the finest studs and trainers in Australia within the State.   With attendances at the key race meetings around the country climbing annually, the racing industry is undergoing a renaissance.   A whole new generation of racing enthusiast is coming through and is appreciating the glamour, spectacle and excitement of thoroughbred racing. 


Well known Sydney resident, John Singleton, has been a passionate and highly visible racing enthusiast for many years. Being conscious of the importance of developing the industry and promoting a greater involvement from enthusiasts John is a keen supporter of the Sydney Horse Festival   “…Anything which encourages the development of the racing industry needs to be applauded,” said John this week.


Jodie Belson, Exhibition Manager, is also very enthusiastic, “We’ve received tremendous support from all sectors of the industry from day one, “ says Jodie.  “We will see full representation from the thoroughbred horse industry, with breeders, trainers, equipment suppliers, feed and nutrition companies, equine education providers, farriers & blacksmiths, equestrian fashion & many industry associations,” added Jodie.  


The Sydney Horse Festival will cover the full spectrum of the industry, from thoroughbred racing and the opportunity to get involved in the Sport of Kings at investor level, through to items to see, try and purchase from any one of the vendors who will be displaying their services & wares.  


“Whether you are an industry professional, a racing enthusiast or simply someone who is passionate about horses, this event has something for you,” concluded Jodie.


The companies represented at the Sydney Horse Festival include leading feed & nutrition companies such as Nature Vet, Ranvet, Mitavite, Ridley and Kentucky Equine Research.   There will also be a strong representation from natural therapy companies such as Equissage, Animal Magnetism and more. For the horse enthusiast who would like to learn more about breeding or becoming involved in the industry via investment there will be the opportunity to meet with the highest calibre of trainers including Bart Cummings, Tim Martin and Guy Walter.    Stud Farms will also be well represented, with representatives from the Darley, Coolmore and Vinery Studs available to answer visitor’s questions.  


Darley Guineas Day is one of the most popular racedays in the Sydney Racing Calender and is expected to bring approximately 15,000 race goers to Rosehill. This audience coupled with visitors from the highest concentration of horse enthusiasts in Australia will provide the exhibition with an immediate, qualified, retail audience.  


In addition to this there will be some great features unique to the festival, including an Art Competition, staged in conjunction with Australasian Turf Monthly, with prize money valued in excess of $10,000. There will be a charity auction of equine memorabilia, with all proceeds to benefit the Children’s Oncology Foundation. There will also be Fashion Parades, Parades of Champion Horses & appearances by industry personalities.   On the educational and professional development side for the thoroughbred racing industry, there will be a programme of informative seminars conducted by guest speakers & leaders in the racing industry.


Sydney Turf Club Chairman, Bruce McHugh, is delighted by the progress of the event,    “The Sydney Horse Festival has been well supported by the industry leaders and will add an exciting new element to the Golden Slipper Festival.”  New owners and investors in the industry are always welcome and the Sydney Horse Festival will be a wonderful opportunity to promote the many opportunities available for industry enthusiasts,” says Bruce. “The Sydney Turf Club is delighted to be involved with something this exciting and looks forward to seeing the industry unite for the duration of the Sydney Horse Festival ” added Bruce.


“The Sydney Horse Festival is the only event of this calibre servicing both the thoroughbred racing industry and the general horse enthusiast in the New South Wales marketplace, says Exhibition Manager, Jodie Belson. “The response to this event has been fantastic with most of the exhibition stands now sold – everyone wants to be involved with the excitement of this new event”.


The Sydney Horse Festival will be staged at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on 26 & 27 March 2004.   As a part of the Golden Slipper Festival, the Horse Festival coincides with the 2004 Darley Guineas.