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QOTT Showjumping Showcase raising the bar in 2024

2 May 2024

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One of the nation’s most lucrative showjumping events for retired racehorses is returning in 2024 to take centre stage at the Royal Queensland Show.

Following a successful debut in 2023, the Queensland Off-The-Track (QOTT) Program Showjumping Showcase returns to the Brisbane Showgrounds on Sunday, August 11 and Monday, August 12, as part of the Ekka’s showjumping competition schedule.

This year, $50,000 in prize money will be up for grabs in the increased 1.20m class, while the new 1.05m class will see an additional $25,000 available, with both categories paying down to 30th place.

To be staged in the Main Arena, the events will be exclusively held for retired racehorses.

Racing Minister Grace Grace said she was proud to see the expansion of the QOTT Program Showjumping Showcase.

“Following the success of the inaugural event in 2023, it is fantastic to see a new class being added to expand the presence of off-the-track horses,” Minister Grace said.

“In addition, the incentive of an impressive prize money pool at an event exclusive for retired racehorses is a great reward for those who ensure that our former racehorses enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling life after racing.

“The Ekka has been a highlight on the Queensland social calendar for almost 150 years and this event is proof of the vital role it plays in showcasing our retired racehorses and the work of the QOTT Program.”

QOTT will also present the prestigious Thoroughbred and Standardbred Day on Monday, August 12, with over $25,000 on offer across 18 ‘Led’ and ‘Under Saddle’ classes.

The raceday-style event will see the two versatile racing breeds compete for the sought-after Champion of their Breed, with horse handlers presenting their animals to the judges in formal race day attire.

Entries for the QOTT Program Showjumping Showcase events close on Friday, 21 June, while entries for the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Day competition close on Monday, August 5.

QOTT Board Chairperson Dr Christine Johnson said she is thrilled that the QOTT Program has once again partnered with the RNA to deliver an exciting schedule of events to support retired racehorses.

“In appreciation of our incredible equine athletes, we are looking forward to showcasing thoroughbred and standardbred horses to the community, while providing competition opportunities for those who own and care for retired racehorses,” Dr Johnson said. 

“QOTT’s investment in equestrian sport has seen a strong demand for retired racehorses across the state which is pleasing to see, and also complements the work being done by the QOTT Program and our network of Acknowledged Retrainers.

“The Ekka provides a fantastic platform to highlight the versatility of our former racehorses who are thriving in their post-racing careers.

“With an exciting schedule of events, there will be something for everyone who has a shared love of supporting retired racehorses in retirement.”

QOTT will once again renew its partnership with ‘Horsing Around,’ where acclaimed horse trainer Dave Manchon is joined by retired racehorses to share his methods and how they can be applied when working with off-the-track horses.

This year, there will be twice as many Horsing Around shows on the Ekka schedule, with four 20-minute shows per day, with an opportunity for the public to also get up close and personal with the horses who are also the stars of the EkkaNites Show.

Click here to view the RNA competition schedules.

Click here for more information on the QOTT Program.