Excitement mounts for Australian International Three Day Event

25 August 2016

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

In the wake of the Rio Olympics, Australia’s biggest equestrian competition – the Australian International Three Day Event – has added three new drawcards.

The new events are the Equestrian Australia Dual Crown of Eventing and Dual Crown of Jumping, the FEI International Veterinary Seminar and the RM Williams CIC3* Class.

The Australian International Three Day Event will be held in Adelaide’s East Parklands from November 3–6 this year.

Hosted annually since 1997, it is Australia’s premier equestrian competition, part of the International Equestrian Federations Classics series and one of only six Concours Complet International four-star events around the world.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
The Australian International Three Day Event keeps getting better and better. There is no other place in the world where you can see world-class equestrian competition in the centre of the city every year.

The 2015 Australian International Three Day Event was one of the biggest events ever held, with more than 27,000 people attending. The event will pump around $4 million into the visitor economy.

The 2015 event was the major qualifying and selection trial for the Rio Olympics and attracted the highest level of international riders, including for the first time a horse and rider combination from the United Kingdom.

Three of the four eventing riders that represented Australia in Rio – Shane Rose, Stuart Tinney and Chris Burton – are previous winners of the Australian International Three Day Event.

Quotes attributable to Equestrian Australia CEO Paula Ward

We are very pleased to be introducing the Dual Crown in 2016, with the finale to be hosted in Adelaide. Bringing in this series model allows riders to accumulate points and financial rewards throughout the course of the season.

This model is intended to raise the profile of the sport for participants, spectators and commercial partners alike and we look forward to growing this in coming years.

Equestrian Australia continually looks at ways we can work collectively with our community to maximise opportunities available and implement new and exciting initiatives to keep progressing this wonderful sport and this is another step forward in that process.

I would also like to thank Events South Australia for their support in bringing this series to life.

Background
Equestrian Australia’s Dual Crown of Eventing and Dual Crown of Jumping will mean we have some of the nation’s best eventing and jumping riders in South Australia. The series is the first of its type in Australia and on par with events in Europe and North America.

The FEI International Veterinary Seminar will attract world-class equine professionals arriving in Adelaide, with about 60 Australian vets to be joined by their international counterparts.

The RM Williams CIC3* Class will allow more competitors to travel to Adelaide and compete at an international level, providing a stepping stone for riders to bridge the gap between the current CCI2* and Olympic standard CCI4* classes included in the Australian International Three Day Event.

The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events and conferences.

For more information and tickets visit australian3de.com.au.

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