As riders prepare their competition programs for 2019 they may be pleased to learn of the changes planned for Sydney International Three Day Event.

The event has a new committee and is now under the administration of Eventing NSW. Eventing NSW President Shane Rose is focussed on building the numbers, prestige and appeal of the event to riders of all levels. “We really want to draw more riders to the event and make it the best three day event in Australia,” said Rose.

The event which will be held April 25-28 will expand its program to run the following classes; CCI-L 4*, 3*, 2* CCI-S 4*, 3*, 2* CCN1*-L, EvA 60cm, 80cm, 95cm.

All cross country courses will be of the highest standard. World renowned course designer Mike Etherington-Smith will design the two, three and four star long and short format tracks whilst the national level classes will enjoy re-designed courses by Sandy Lucas that venture further onto the 2000 Olympic track.

With the aim of creating a “big show” atmosphere the focus of the event will be in the Olympic arena (Arena 1). In addition to hosting the higher level dressage on Friday, Arena 1 will also have the cross country run through it on Saturday and feature the show jumping on Sunday.

The trade stands, hospitality and kids area will all be located around Arena 1 and the spectators will also be able to view the action on a big screen. Another change initiated by Rose is that the competition arenas will be open for schooling right up to the time of competition.

“We want horses to do their best tests, achieve their best scores, it’s good for the horses so we are going to let everyone ride in the competition arenas for as long as possible,” explained Rose.

The event precedes the biennial Oceania challenge to be held in Taupo, New Zealand on May 10-12. Sydney will offer a great final run to the three teams of horses and riders preparing to represent Australia in New Zealand.

For the first time the event will also host a CPEDI event for Para-Equestrian riders from Thursday to Sunday.