Standardbred Showing Opportunities

Standardbred Showing Opportunities

There have never been greater opportunities to show retired Standardbreds in Victoria.

HERO enjoys an outstanding partnership with Victorian Agricultural Shows Limited and will join forces with VAS again in 2019/20 to present the State’s most prestigious off the track Standardbred showing competition.

Now in it's fourth season, the Alabar HERO Series has been pivotal in developing and promoting greater life after racing opportunities for retired pacers and trotters within showing.

Alabar Bloodstock, the Southern Hemisphere’s premier Standardbred breeding operation, has maintained naming rights sponsorship to the event, extending a partnership which dates back to the inaugural competition in 2016/17.

The 2019/20 Alabar HERO Series will exclusively comprise Qualifiers at Shows falling under the jurisdiction of VAS Ltd.

The only pre-requisite for entry is a freezebrand on the neck, confirming the horse was bred and registered for harness racing.

Horses DO NOT have to have raced, trialled or been officially named to be eligible.

Standardbreds which win a HERO Series Qualifier are ineligible to contest a second Qualifier and gain automatic entry into the Final, to be held in conjunction with the Victorian Saddle Horse Championships at Bendigo in January 2020.

The Final carries $1000 in prizemoney and an inscribed rug for the winner and $500 for the Runner-Up.

The horse judged Best Newcomer will also receive $500 and an inscribed rug.

A popular addition to the Program has been the Owner/Rider Division which likewise carries a $500 cash prize, while the winner of the Child's Ridden Standardbred receives a wildcard entry into the Alabar HERO Series Final if not already qualified. 

VAS Ltd will offer an extended Standardbred Program to complement the Alabar HERO Series Final as a part of the 2020 Victorian Saddle Horse Championships.

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