One of Swan Hill’s most anticipated harness racing meets will provide a spectacle for the whole family, thanks to a funding package worth more than $5,700.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp today announced the Andrews Labor Government is kicking in $2,850 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund – Raceday Attraction Program to support the Swan Hill Trotting Club Blue Pearl Classic and Pony Party meeting on 9 January, with the Swan Hill Trotting Club is investing $2,930.
The Blue Pearl Classic has quickly become a classic race on the trotting calendar, as one of few races open only to women drivers and the winner to be presented with a blue pearl necklace.
The meeting coincides with the club’s Pony Party, featuring a wide range of fun activities for kids including pony rides, pony trots, pony grooming and performing ponies. There will also be a jumping castle, face painting and balloon artistry.
Since December 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $245,000 to support 11 harness events and eight infrastructure projects for the Swan Hill Trotting Club.
The harness racing industry in Regional Victoria generates $255.3 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 2,100 full time equivalent jobs locally.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“The Blue Pearl Classic sees our best women riders battling it out for the coveted blue pearl necklace, and with all the activities of the Pony Party it promises a great day out for families to celebrate the festive season.”
“This event helps draw people to Swan Hill, boosting jobs and the local economy.”
Quote attributable to Swan Hill Trotting Club President Gerard Moloney
“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support, and I can promise patrons a great day of racing and fun for the whole family.”