Sat 20 Sept - WED 1 Oct Melbourne Showgrounds

Royal Melbourne Show 2014

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There's nothing like watching Australia's top horses and riders

The Horses in Action program is one of the highlights of the Royal Melbourne Show.

Across the Show’s 12 days, you’ll see over 600 of Australia’s finest horses and riders (some as young as 4 years old) compete in a spectacular range of blue ribbon events.

This year celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the first Clydesdale Champion awarded at the Royal Melbourne Show. To celebrate the milestone, the led Clydesdale judging moves indoors into The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion.

The prestigious Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout is one of the most anticipated events on the nation’s equestrian calendar. Be sure to witness the Garryowen’s 80th anniversary celebration at this year’s Show!

View the full timetable of classes.

Horses In Action Live Stream

Horses In Action Live Stream

You can now watch the excitement of the Horses of Action program conveniently from your computer or mobile device! The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria is delighted to this year offer live streaming of events from the Coca-Cola Arena during the 2014 Royal Melbourne Show.

View Live Stream here

Clydesdales at the Royal Melbourne Show

Clydesdales - Centenary of Royal Melbourne Show Champions

See the majestic Clydesdales up close when the blue ribbon competition moves into The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion for the very first time! Then get up close and see how big these gentle giants of the horse world really are with a tour through the Clydesdale Pavilion, where you can meet the owners and watch these beautiful animals being prepared for judging.

Clydesdale Pavilion Tours
Sunday 28 September, 2.30pm
Monday 28 September, 11.30am and 2.30pm
Tours depart from the Stockman’s Yard – look out for the Clydesdale Tour sign. Places are limited.

Led Clydesdales Judging 
12.30pm - 8pm
Saturday 27 September
The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion

Harness Clydesdale Judging
Monday 29 September
Coca-Cola Arena

Exhibition Eventing

Now in its fourth year, Exhibition Eventing brings the skill and excitement of the Olympic sport Eventing to the Royal Melbourne Show. The event is judged over two rounds and features a dressage phase followed by a jumping phase which combines the skill and accuracy of show jumping with the speed and adventure of cross-country riding – all set to a background of rocking music.

Penalties are accumulated throughout the two rounds and the rider with the lowest score is the declared the winner.

Exhibition Eventing
Sunday 21 September
10.30am (Dressage); 6.30pm (Jumping)
Coca-Cola Arena

The Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout - Horses in Action - Royal Melbourne Show

The Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout – 80th Anniversary

2014 marks the 80th anniversary of the Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout - undoubtedly one of the most prestigious equestrienne events in Australia.

The event is named in memory of the champion horse Garryowen, whose owner Violet Murrell, one of Victoria’s best Show and cross country horsewomen died aged 29 trying to save him from a stable fire in 1934.

Since then, the Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout has consistently attracted some of Australia’s best female riders.

Competitors are strictly judged on six areas: horse conformation, manners and paces, saddlery, costume, riding ability and general appearance.

Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout (as part of Turnout Day)
Wednesday 24 September
Coca-Cola Arena


See Australia’s finest jumping riders take centre stage on Coca-Cola Arena from Thursday 25 September to Sunday 28 September. Horse and riders complete courses of 10 to 13 jumps up to 1.60m high! Their aim is to jump the course in sequence with no mistakes. If any part of an obstacle is knocked down or if the horse refuses a jump, penalties are accumulated.

Depending on the competition, the winner is the rider/horse who completes the course in the fastest time while accruing the least penalties or gaining the highest number of points.

The Jumping section culminates with the World Cup Jumping Qualifier where riders earn points towards their season score, whereby the winner is invited to represent Australia at the 2015 World Cup Final in Las Vegas.

Horse Jumping
Thursday 25 September - Sunday 28 September
Feature events include:

  • Speed Derby on Friday 26 September
  • World Cup Jumping Qualifier on Sunday 28 September


Show Horses

The spectacular show horses are judged on movement, manners, presentation and conformation (correctness of bone structure). Horses are judged in classes according to height (pony, Galloway or hack), type and rider. Each horse parades in front of the judge to show off the horse’s best qualities. The judge then places the horses in order of preference with winners in each class going forward to contest for the title of Champion.

Show Horses Judging
Daily from Saturday 20 September to Wednesday 24 September
Coca-Cola Arena

Sporting horses

Sport Horse Racing Australian Championships

Don’t miss the Sport Horse Racing Australian Championships, where Australia’s best horses race through a variety of fast and exciting races that test both horse and rider’s skills, stamina and speed to determine who will take out the much coveted title of 2014 Australian Champion.

Sport Horse Racing Australian Championships
Wednesday 1 October
Coca Cola Arena

Harness Horses at the Royal Melbourne Show Horses in Action

Harness Horses

Harness horses take us back to a time before cars. See horses of all shapes and sizes from the majestic Clydesdale to the small Shetland Pony and elegant Hackney Horse, pulling traditional and modern carriages.

Entries are judged on the movement of the horse, presentation of the horse and carriage, and the driver’s ability. Some of the classes involve teams of two, three or even four horses hitched to a carriage.

Harness Horses Judging
Daily from Monday 29 September - Wednesday 1 October
Coca-Cola Arena

Highland Parade

Highland Parade

To celebrate the Centenary of Royal Melbourne Show Clydesdale Champions, a Highland Parade will be held on Sunday 28 September, 12.30pm at Coca Cola Arena. The parade will showcase all things Scottish from this year’s Royal Melbourne Show and will feature Clydesdales, the 2014 feature cattle breed Highland Cows and a Highland marching band.

Highland Parade
Sunday 28 September
Coca Cola Arena

Rooftop Express

The Rooftop Express 

The Rooftop Express is a first class arena spectacular show that features world first stunts, true blue Australian comedy and awe-inspiring horsemanship.

Its loveable bush characters and amusing storyline encourages crowd participation and family fun.

For anyone who has ever wanted to put on a cowboy hat and ride off into the sunset, The Rooftop Express is a must-see.

The Rooftop Express pays homage to Australia’s primary industries and shows how the bush will continue to prosper in today’s modern Australia.

You’ll be amazed as highly trained horses and farm animals perform amazing stunts and tricks both on the ground and on the roof of the Rooftop Express truck.

The talented cast of performers – both human and animal – bring this original show to life with incredible outback tricks, thrills and spills with family bush humour, antics and energy.

Rooftop Express
1pm and 7.30pm daily 
(weather permitting)
Coca-Cola Arena

Rooftop Express meet & greet
2pm daily
Stockmans Yard
(next to the Coca-Cola Arena)


Visit the RASV website for detailed information and live results of all Royal Melbourne Show Horses in Action competitions.

RMS 2014 Survey

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