Hosting the Australian Arabian National Championships
After three successful years of hosting the Australian Arabian National Championships in New South Wales at Sydney International Equestrian Centre from 2016-2018, the decision was put forth to consider hosting the event in a neighbouring state for 2019 to allow interstate exhibitors the opportunity to show closer to home. With the WAHO 2019 Conference capitalising on Arabian horse activity in February in New South Wales, a portion of which will be conducted in conjunction with the prestigious East Coast Championships, options were considered for both Victoria & Queensland to host the 2019 AANC.
The last interstate Arabian National Championships were in hosted in Victoria in 2015, and before that in 2009, while the most recent Queensland-based Aussies was more than a decade ago in 2006. New South Wales has been the state host for every other Australian National Championships in the last decade, with seven shows successfully organised at SIEC (2010, 2012-2014, 2016-2018), and the eighth at the Australian Equine & Livestock Events Centre in Tamworth, the latter location approximately half way between Sydney & Brisbane. With the vast majority of show horses owned by AHSA members located in the three eastern states of Australia, New South Wales has become the logical host state for the AANC, situated, roughly, half way between Victoria & Queensland, and the large population areas of Melbourne & Brisbane.
Determining a location to host the Australian Arabian National Championships is a decision always undertaken with the greatest amount of care and consideration, one which involves a clear understanding of the facts, the demographics of our members, the availability of a skilled team willing to assist with successful event execution, and securing a facility with more than adequate arena space, stabling, camping, amenities, access and reputation to host an event with the size, scope & prestige of ‘The Aussies’. Both SIEC & AELEC continue to be first-class venues that have allowed us to conduct successful and profitable Arabian National Championships over the past decade. Boneo Park, with its impeccable record of accomplishment and exceptional location, appears to be another such facility capable of not only successfully hosting the AANC, but potentially affording us the opportunity to raise the level of excitement and engagement, while enjoying a premier destination in Australia.
Please know that the Arabian Show & Events Management Commission (ASEMC) is dedicated to ensuring that the Australian Arabian National Championships remains not only a continentally prestigious & financially successful event each year, but one that embraces inclusivity for the greatest portion of our member base all across this vast continent. Rotating the event to Victoria provides closer access to three additional states – the local Victorians, as well as neighbouring Tasmanians & South Australians. Affording this opportunity to these members once or twice a decade is a service we must strive to provide, while not deliberately excluding those who must travel further, i.e. the Queenslanders. Given that the last Queensland-based Aussies was in 2006, and the closest one in proximity since then was in 2011 in Tamworth, ASEMC is seriously considering finding a suitable facility to host the AANC closer to Queensland in the next two to three years to facilitate this equal distribution amongst the most populous regions of the country. We would encourage those in Queensland and northern New South Wales who have the experience, expertise and enthusiasm to assist in successfully organising and executing a show encompassing the size & scope of the Australian Arabian National Championships to please share your sincere interest with ASEMC - firstname.lastname@example.org - so that we might begin to formulate a solid plan for the 2020 events and beyond.
Ideally, formulating a five-year plan for the Australian Arabian National Championships moving forward would be the best-case scenario. Now is the time to show your support and join those dedicated to providing the best possible experience at The Aussies each year.
As always, ASEMC welcomes your input, feedback & insight, with the aim of providing first-class service to the membership, proactive stewardship to the AHSA, and judicious promotion & advancement of Arabian & Arabian Derivative breeds.