FRIENDS OF BALLARAT
Friends of Ballarat Eventing Association is a not for profit community group which has been operating for over 14 years. Friends of Ballarat Eventing Association conducts several events to raise funds which are applied back into equestrian sports equipment and capital improvements at the Victoria Park Equestrian Precinct in Ballarat.
Friends of Ballarat Eventing Association aims to promote and develop the sport of “Eventing”. Eventing is a triathlon for horse and rider which consists of three distinct phases:
· Show Jumping
· Cross Country
Members of Friends of Ballarat Eventing Association are a group of friends that come from a variety of backgrounds and each contributes to the group their own area of expertise. This friendship and collective skill base are evident in the vibrant nature of the events the group run.
Ballarat Summer Horse Trials
February 13th & 14th 2021
Ballarat International Horse Trials
May 1st & 2nd 2021
2021 will bring competitors and spectators back to our beautiful Ballarat Victoria Park Equestrian Precinct. This year we are providing two Horse Trials of two days each to provide opportunities for competition while ensuring we are compliant with all new rules.
There will be lots of prizes as well as the usual fun and retail therapy that accompanies our events. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Become a valued partner
Everyone who is involved with creating any event knows that volunteers, supporters and sponsors are the key to ensuring a great event. FoBEA are grateful that we have a fantastic backing in all three categories! That said, making sure things are fresh and interesting is important, and new ideas, people and organisations are vital for our future. The size and quality of our events are attractive to businesses who want to connect with the diverse demographic that constitutes Eventing competitors and spectators. If you would like to be a partner with Friends of Ballarat Eventing Association please make contact through this website. The following links have some helpful information to get you started!
BATTLE OF THE
We are proud hosting an event that draws people to our beautiful City of Ballarat. Our event depends on local businesses supporting us, and in turn we like to support their business. One of the ways we do this is to run a fun competition in which an elite rider is paired with one of our valued Ballarat Business sponsors - for each win or place achieved by the rider, the business accumulates points. At the end of the event the winning rider and business pair are awarded a prize. It is a fun and inexpensive way for a business to be part of the event, and means the business is recognised throughout the weekend. We would love you to be part of it! Ask us how!
2019 Participants in Battle of the Ballarat Businesses
We would love to see your business here in 2021!
(We won't mention 2020)
(we won't mention 2020.....)
WHAT WE DO
The Marcus Oldham Ballarat International Horse Trials are held in Victoria Park over three days on the second weekend of May every year. The event attracts approxmately 440 horse/competitor combinations from across Victoria and Interstate.
This event is one of Victoria's premier equestrian events and attracts riders from elite Olympic standard through to junior riders starting their competitive careers.
We host a cocktail evening for our Sponsors and competitors, a substantial Trade Village that caters to riders and our 2500 spectators and three days of spectacular sporting performance
The annual Hickstead and Training weekend has become a 'not to miss' event for riders from around Victoria and beyond. Generally the first event of the Summer/ Autumn season, it is a major fundraiser for the Ballarat International Horse Trials.
The ability to train the course the day before is a unique opportunity to start the season off on a confident note for new combinations and also for those wishing to move up a level. Held in a friendly and relaxed environment a dressage test along with a short course of showjumping and cross country is fun for both horse and rider.
Friends of Ballarat Eventing Association are able to offer a fast paced fun winter training opportunity by providing instruction and competition over two days utilising the fantastic facilities of the Victoria Park Equestrian Precinct. Saturday is a day of instruction and Sunday offers a combination of cross country and showjumping in Hunter Trial format. The nature of this competition means even on the coldest of Ballarat days competing can still be enjoyed.
Friends of Ballarat Eventing Association aim to ensure that Eventing is a fun and safe sport for all levels of rider.
To this end we offer clinics throughout the year with qualified instructors who can engage and stretch the capacity of participants. These clinics are advertised on our social media sites and on this website