For Immediate Release – 11 March 2022
Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC) is proud to announce that the next Exhibition Pony Race, held in conjunction with Pony Club Australia (PCA), will be in Victoria. The event will be hosted by the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) on the last night of the Ladbrokes Friday Night Lights season headlined by the Group One 3 Point Motors William Reid Stakes.
The announcement follows the recent success of the inaugural TIC Pony Race, held at Brisbane’s Doomben racecourse to launch the Magic Millions carnival, as well as the Australia Day Pony Race with the Australian Turf Club and the Magic Millions Classic Day at Murray Bridge in with Racing SA.
“TIC is looking forward to partnering with the MVRC, to not only bring the Exhibition Pony Races to a Victorian audience but also to showcase the next generation at a feature Group 1 meeting,” said TIC Chief Executive Officer, Lindy Maurice.
As one of TIC’s main operating pillars, Pony Racing is aimed at generating industry engagement and interest at a grassroots level to educate young riders on the many career opportunities the industry offers.
MVRC CEO Michael Browell is looking forward to hosting the event on Friday 25 March. “The ponies have been well-received around the country, so we’re excited to be the first Club in Victoria to showcase an exhibition Pony Race here at The Valley on our last feature Group 1 meeting for the season.
The exhibition race will see up to 11 ponies race around the famous bend and down the home straight at The Valley. The riders and ponies are sourced via the Pony Club Australia (PCA) network, of which TIC is a major sponsor.
CEO of Pony Club Australia, Dr Catherine Ainsworth said, “Our member who have participated in the other demonstration races have described it as one of the greatest thrills of their life, so we are delighted to continue these events in Melbourne. These races allow riders to demonstrate their skill and the partnership they have with their ponies to a broad audience.”
Formed in 2019, TIC is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide a centralised platform to promote racing and breeding industry careers options, introduce grassroots programs, facilitate best practice education pathways, and assist in developing staff retention and welfare strategies for career longevity.
For further information please contact:
Lindy Maurice, Thoroughbred Industry Careers – Chief Executive & Founder
M: 0488 066 604
Rozalee Erceg, General Manager, Moonee Valley Racing Club
M: 0402 445 992