Derby winner will take it all

By Country News

An invitational derby event pitting the six best riders against each other is the new attraction at the Tatura Dressage Classic this year.

Six retired standardbreds will be randomly teamed up with six riders to go head-to-head in an event run in conjunction with Harness Racing Victoria.

‘‘They will ride in front of EA (Equestrian Australia) judges and the winner takes the cash jackpot,’’ event director Sue Terry said.

‘‘We try and bring something new each year,’’ she said.

While that will be a popular attraction, 200 entrants, including state squad and national riders, are expected to compete in the 42 classes over two-and-a-half days of action.

The 42 classes range from the lowest of entry levels to the grand prix level.

Returning for another year is the City v Country clash, with the winner being awarded the Tatura Football Netball Club’s President Cup, and dog races will also return.

■The Tatura Dressage Classic will be held at the Tatura Events Centre, from August 9 to 11.