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From the athleticism and excitement of the showjumping to the grace of the lovable Clydesdales, and the discipline and majesty of the Equestrienne Turnout, the Horses in Action Program features the nation’s best horses and riders as they strive for blue ribbon glory.

The Horses in Action competitions include the prestige of the historic Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout, celebrating its 85th year in 2019.

A true test of athleticism and skill, The World Cup Showjumping takes on an Olympic feel this year with riders competing for points that will contribute to possibly representing Australia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Head to Herald Sun Arena to see the grace, agility, precision and poise of the horses and their riders. With a variety of different equestrian events across the Show, the excitement is unforgettable.

When and where to find horses

Herald Sun Arena


Australian Stock Horses

Saturday 21 September


Saddle Ponies and Junior Riding Events

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September


Saddle Classes for Horses

Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 September


Turnouts and International / Senior Riding Events

Wednesday 25 September


Show Jumping

Thursday 26 September – Sunday 29 September


Led Clydesdales 

Friday 27 September


FEI World Cup Jumping a MER Qualifier for Tokyo Olympics      

Sunday 29 September


Hunting Horses

Monday 30 September & Tuesday 1 October



Monday 30 September & Tuesday 1 October


Light Harness and Sporting Horses Australian Championships

Tuesday 1 October



Saddle Horses

Show Jumping

  • 26 Sep 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • 27 Sep 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • 28 Sep 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • 29 Sep 8:00am - 6:00pm

Witness this true display of athleticism and skill, as Australia's finest showjumpers lead their steeds through courses of 10 to 13 jumps up to 1.6 metres high, in a bid to be the fastest around the course with the fewest mistakes. Each fence knocked down incurs four penalty points.

Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout Highlight

Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout

  • 25 Sep 10:00am - 1:00pm

In its 85th year, the Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout continues to be one of the most anticipated and celebrated show horse events on Australia's equestrian calendar. The event is named in memory of champion horse, Garryowen, whose owner Violet Murrell, one of Australia's foremost show riders, died trying to save him from a stable fire in 1934. Since then, the Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout has seen Australia's best female riders vying to win the prestigious trophy. The horses and riders are judged on saddlery, costume, general appearance, riding ability, manners, pace and conformation.

FEI World Cup Jumping Highlight

FEI World Cup Jumping

  • 29 Sep 3:00pm - 5:30pm

An event not to be missed, spectators will get the chance to see some of Australia's best showjumping riders and horses battle it out to win the 2019 Royal Melbourne Show FEI World Cup Qualifying event and gain valuable points where the overall series winner will be sent to represent Australia at the 2020 World Cup Final. This year it's also a MER for Tokyo Olympics.

Prince of Wales Cup Highlight

Prince of Wales Cup

  • 27 Sep 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Prince of Wales Cup is one of the most prestigious light horse competitions in the country, awarded as part of the Royal Melbourne Show Showjumping competition.

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