Standardbred Showing Opportunities

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

HERO is proud to partner three key equestrian events, providing an important outlet for former harness horses to demonstrate their talent in a new career.


The Harness Racing Victoria HERO Program and Victorian Agricultural Shows Limited will join forces again in 2018/19 to present the State’s most prestigious Standardbred showing competition.

Buoyed by the incredible success of the Alabar HERO Series in its first two years, the organisations have renewed their partnership with a promise to develop even greater life after racing opportunities for retired pacers and trotters.

That commitment has been matched by Alabar Bloodstock, the Southern Hemisphere’s premier Standardbred breeding operation, who have secured naming rights sponsorship to the event for a third year.

The 2018/19 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 2019.

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.

The trophies have been donated by the harness racing industry's ladies in racing - The Angelique Club.

VAS Ltd has also confirmed an extended Standardbred Program to complement the Alabar HERO Series Final as a part of the 2019 Victorian Saddle Horse Championships.

For further information, follow HRV HERO & Alabar HERO Series on Facebook or visit


Standardbreds will return to Equestrian Victoria’s prestigious Barastoc Horse of the Year Show in 2019.

The HERO Program has accepted an invitation to co-ordinate a dedicated Standardbred ring in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the time-honoured competition at Werribee in February 2019.

For further information, follow HRV HERO & Barastoc Horse of the Year on Facebook or visit


Standardbred harness classes will return at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show.

The Harness Racing Victoria HERO Program has worked with the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria to secure three harness classes and a championship on this year’s Horse Schedule.

The classes are open to all freeze branded purebred Standardbreds, in line with the HERO Program’s charter to facilitate life after racing opportunities.

For further information, follow HRV HERO on Facebook or visit