One of the great attributes we have in my electorate of Lalor is
Werribee Park and its surrounds, home to the Werribee Open Range Zoo and the National Equestrian Centre Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Melbourne International Horse Trials held at the centre.
I was thrilled to present the winning trophy to Shane Rose, winner of the three-star event on his beautiful horse Shanghai Joe. Sonja Johnson came in closely behind on Belfast Mojito. The riders and their horses displayed incredible skill, strength and precision to complete the strenuous courses and jumps events.
It was great to see many local families enjoying the three-day event which held various competitions in cross-country, dressage and showjumping. The program was a fantastic opportunity for Lalor residents to see our country's Olympians perform.
The event attracts riders from across the world and some of Australia's most successful equestrienne talents were competing, including members of the Beijing Olympics silver medallist team and medallists from the World Equestrian Games.
Previously known as the Melbourne International Three-Day Event, the Melbourne International Horse Trials is the oldest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
I thank my hosts, Doug and Michael, for their generous hospitality. Doug and Michael hope to make this an annual event at the fantastic equestrian facilities at our own Werribee Park, and I look forward to enjoying many more events in future.