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Posted by Corinne Wilson on 13/11/2020.

Big news out of Equestrian Victoria!

Whilst 2020 has been tough, the Board and staff at Equestrian Victoria have remained committed to serving our membership and working towards a brighter future for each member we serve.  So, it is with great delight that we share three exciting announcements with you.

Werribee Park Arena Resurfacing

As you may recall, during 2019 and together with the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre Committee, we announced that EV had secured a $500k Community Sport Infrastructure Grant from Sport Australia.

These funds were assigned for the development of a new multi-purpose arena, to ensure that our home of equestrian sport in Victoria delivers a high-quality experience for all riders, every time. We are pleased to advise you that the new waxed surface Martin Collins arena will be completed in time for December competitions.

Deborah MacNicol, member of the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre (WPNEC) committee and EV representative said, “We have worked with recognised leaders in the space, Martin Collins, to complete the works and I’m so proud that we have delivered the very best surface at Werribee Park, which is exactly what our community needs and deserves.”

Deb is the Chef d’Equipe for the Equestrian Australia Dressage Team for Tokyo and certainly knows what good surfaces are!

Reid Sanders from Martin Collins said “The waxed surface being laid is equivalent to many high-performance surfaces around the world.  The surface does not require the use of water, and it provides increased stability and rebound to horse and rider.”

Ms MacNicol expressed her gratitude to the team at Martin Collins for their willingness to work within the available budget, noting that Reid and his team provided a portion of the work ‘in kind’ to support the Victorian equestrian community.

To have such a reputable and skilled team of people work on this project has been extremely reassuring.  I look forward to a return to competition here at Werribee Park, and to see the enjoyment this new surface will provide to our riders and horses.”

Additional Funding for Werribee Park Development

As part of the ongoing partnership between Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) and Equestrian Victoria, we are thrilled to announce that the next stage of the Werribee Park Masterplan has been funded by the Victorian Government.

Equestrian Victoria Chair, Carl Parkin said, “We are thrilled to be able to announce these funds will support a comprehensive business case for WPNEC’s redevelopment including, early design work around staging, preliminary designs and costings, as well as geotechnical testing of the considerably sized site. We are extremely grateful to the Victorian government for their ongoing support of equestrian sport here and for their guidance and commitment to ensuring that our members have a sporting home to be proud of."

Racing Victoria extends their support

Racing Victoria’s Off the Track Program (OTT) is fast becoming a staple in the Equestrian Victoria community, with their recent recommitment to supporting our community through a major sponsorship agreement in 2021.

This generous support will continue to support the promotion of Off the Track Thoroughbreds at Equestrian Victoria events, as well as the implementation of exclusive OTT initiatives for EV members. We are really excited about the new offerings and continued support by Racing Victoria.” said Equestrian Victoria’s CEO, Matthew Brown.

Many EV members have or are taking up OTT and supporting these equine athletes which aims to support retiring thoroughbred racehorses in their transition into their ‘second career’ through equestrian sport.

I would like to thank Racing Victoria for their ongoing support.  We have built a great relationship with the OTT team at RV and I look forward to continuing our work together into the future,” said Mr Brown.

These three major announcements are moments of great celebration in a year that has been much different to the one we had all imagined.

Thank you again to the teams at Martin Collins, SRV and Racing Victoria, and of course to you for your unwavering commitment to the sport, and for your passion and support throughout this difficult year.

Just a reminder to all members that the 2020 AGM will be held virtually on 24 November 2020, via zoom, commencing at 7.30pm.

Information regarding the AGM has been circulated, please visit for further information.  We look forward to seeing you all online at the meeting.

Carl Parkin – Chair
Matthew Brown – CEO


Get excited by the Werribee Park arena resurfacing happening now!


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