1-12 April 2021

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Horse Competition (Sydney Royal Horse Show)
Horse Competition (Sydney Royal Horse Show)

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Polo

Where: GIANTS Stadium
The prestigious sport of Polo is played by teams of three each year at the Show, the shortened form makes for a quicker (and at times) more exciting match.

The prestigious sport of Polo is played by teams of three each year at the Show, the shortened form makes for a quicker (and at times) more exciting match.  Polo was first played at the Show in 1939 and has been a crowd favourite ever since. There may not be the traditional stomping on the divots, but the chukkas promise to be thrilling.

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Pony Club Events

Where: GIANTS Stadium & Schmidt Arena
Sydney Royal is pleased to welcome Pony Club NSW members to the Show, with members under the age of 17 competing in Individual Riding Classes, Pair of Riders, Teams Showjumping, Teams Sporting and Teams of Four Riders.

Sydney Royal is pleased to welcome Pony Club NSW members to the Show, with members under the age of 17 competing in Individual Riding Classes, Pair of Riders, Teams Showjumping, Teams Sporting and Teams of Four Riders. Classes are judged on riding ability, manners and paces of the horse, turnout, teamwork and accuracy. Pony Club represents the absolute grassroots level of horse riding, with approximately 13,000 members across NSW and works to encourage horsemanship and sportsmanship.

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Showjumping

Where: GIANTS Stadium
Held over 11 days of the Show, Showjumping is an Olympic discipline recognised by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), and Sydney Royal has long been acknowledged as a breeding ground for international competitors.

Held over 11 days of the Show, Showjumping is an Olympic discipline recognised by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), and Sydney Royal has long been acknowledged as a breeding ground for international competitors. The judges are looking at both horse and rider, assessing skill, accuracy and training. Professional riders compete in the Open Competitions whilst Junior, Amateur and Pony Club sections remain separate.

In each class horse & rider must jump a course of 10-13 jumps, including some oxers – a jump with two rails that may be set even or uneven.  The Grand Prix event sees the best horse and rider combinations required to jump up to 1.60 metres!

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Youth Polocrosse

Where: Schmidt Arena
Originating in NSW in 1939, Polocrosse is an action-packed team sport enjoyed by all age groups. This year Junior Polocrosse teams will compete in four exhibition matches, combining the skills of polo with the speed of lacrosse.

Originating in NSW in 1939, Polocrosse is an action-packed team sport enjoyed by all age groups. This year Junior Polocrosse teams will compete in four exhibition matches, combining the skills of polo with the speed of lacrosse. Using long-handled racquets, the aim is to scoop up the ball and get it into the goal. With only three players on the field for each team, the pace is fast, furious and incredibly competitive.

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Skill at Arms

Where: Schmidt Arena
Galloping around the course, riders use medieval 'weaponry' to attack targets, requiring an exceptionally high level of accuracy.

Galloping around the course, riders use medieval 'weaponry' to attack targets, requiring an exceptionally high level of accuracy. Skill at Arms is incredibly exciting to watch, drawing comparisons with ancient cavalry sports.

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Horse Breeds

Where: GIANTS Stadium
Running every day of the Show, this is the largest horse competition group and includes a variety of breeds, from Miniature Ponies to Shire Horses and Clydesdales. Horses are judged on breed standards, conformation, presentation, movement and manners.

Running every day of the Show, this is the largest horse competition group and includes a variety of breeds, from Miniature Ponies to Shire Horses and Clydesdales. Horses are judged on breed standards, conformation, presentation, movement and manners.

There will be something to see every day of the Show, with these classes filling the Stadium. Highlights will include the "best of the best" Exhibits in various horse breeds.

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World Championship Campdraft

Where: GIANTS Stadium
Featuring fifteen carefully selected competitors, the World Championship Campdraft competition showcases the best campdrafters in Australia.

Featuring fifteen carefully selected competitors, the World Championship Campdraft competition showcases the best campdrafters in Australia. Originally developed in the mustering camps of rural Queensland, Campdrafting has been a part of the Sydney Royal Horse competitions at the Show since 1934, the thrill lays in watching each rider cut out a beast from the herd and steer it around the course in a figure eight before driving it through the final gate. The cattle for this invitational event is generously provided each year by Ellerston Pastoral Company in Scone, the event is proudly sponsored by Tyrrells Wines, whilst the skill of the horsemen is developed over years of training and real life experience.

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Tent Pegging

Where: GIANTS Stadium
Competing on horseback, four riders in a team gallop in unison to gather pegs in the ground.

Competing on horseback, four riders in a team gallop in unison to gather pegs in the ground. Tentpegging dates back to the military exercise where a group of mounted soldiers would ride through an enemy camp in a pre-dawn raid, removing the pegs which held the tents in place with the tips of their spears.  The Australian Light Horse used Tentpegging as a training exercise during World War 1, and it is one of only ten equestrian disciplines officially recognised by the International Equestrian Federation.

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