Magic Millions has today announced the introduction of the Queensland Off-The-Track Cup, a new showjumping class at 90cm open to all off-the-track thoroughbreds and their riders who are broadly involved in the industry - an industry that contributes over $9.1 billion annually to the Australian economy, in direct and indirect benefit.
The new showjumping event class is intended to create an incentive and competition pathway for thoroughbred equestrian enthusiasts. At 90cm, the new competition class aims to be accessible and safe.
Magic Millions and the Queensland Off-The-Track (QOTT) Program are focused on creating exciting competitive opportunities for those who invest in the retraining of thoroughbred racehorses at the grassroots for equestrian disciplines.
“Those within the horse industry are the ultimate horse-lovers,” Magic Millions co-owner Katie Page-Harvey said.
‘We work with thoroughbreds whether it is in breeding, training, ownership or at the racecourse, but few people know that for so many of us we enjoy a life outside of work with retrained racehorses – showjumping, polo, dressage, and eventing.
“Horses are our 24/7 passion, and this new showjumping class is a chance for those passions to come together and be appreciated in a fantastic competitive environment.
“Opening it up to those 16 and over who have a connection to the thoroughbred industry is a huge participation group. We have deliberately chosen the height at 90cm in the first year, it is an accessible height, with the event developed to be fun, safe and exciting for those who love showjumping.
“Vets, farriers, racehorse owners, breeders, strappers, horse truck drivers, farmers who grow feed, jockeys, pre trainers/ trainers and re-trainers.
“So many people you know have a connection to this vital industry. Our showjumping class is open to you all if you have an OTT to compete on.”
In total, there will be 15 finalists who will compete for $50,000 in prize pool at the inaugural Queensland Off-The-Track Cup on the Gold Coast at the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo & Showjumping on Sunday, January 7.
With the support of QOTT and working with Darling Downs Jump Club in Toowoomba in November and Jumping NSW’s Sydney Summer Classic in December, Magic Millions is seeking to bring the entire industry together who share a love for the retired racehorse as a showjumper.
As a result, there will be two qualifiers conducted across the nation:
- Queensland Off-The-Track qualifying round: Toowoomba, Darling Downs Jump Club November 26, 2023.
- Magic Millions Sydney Summer Classic qualifying round: Sydney International Equestrian Centre December 7 – 10, 2023.
Racing Minister Grace Grace said she was delighted to see Magic Millions and the QOTT Program partner to present such an exciting event.
"The introduction of the Queensland Off-The-Track Cup to the Magic Millions Carnival is the perfect way to showcase our retired racehorses," Minister Grace said.
“Thoroughbreds are incredibly versatile animals, who adjust quickly to new pursuits, and showjumping is just one of the many avenues they can pursue in their retirement from the racetrack.
“The polo and showjumping have become beloved events on the Gold Coast each year, and in January, we look forward to our retired racehorses taking centre stage and enjoying their post-racing careers.”