Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre hosts Grand National Qualifier

RIDING: Jess Stones on Taittinger. Photo: LMG Photography

RIDING: Jess Stones on Taittinger. Photo: LMG Photography

This week’s Grand National qualifier at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) will be riders’ last chance to move through to the national event.

The event will run from Thursday to Sunday at AELEC as the riders strive for qualification.

Going by the numbers, the competitors are hungry to compete at the Grand Nationals in March next year.

400 horses have been entered which is a bump in numbers for the event held bi-annually at AELEC.

New England and North West Show Horse Association secretary-treasurer Danni McCusker said competing at AELEC itself was a big drawcard as well.

“It’s probably more the venue. People keep coming back because of AELEC and I think that’s why there’s a few people competing who have already qualified [for the Grand Nationals],” McCusker said.

Riders from NSW, Queensland and Victoria will compete at the four-day event.

Events run all day while spectator entry is free.