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Sydney International Equestrian Centre

Icon Sportswire / Getty Images | Winners of the Equestrian NSW FEI Grand Prix Freestyle parade during the Sydney Concours de Dressage International on May2019 at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre.
Date
20 Nov 2020
Tags
Sydney 2000 Legacy, Olympic Venues
Constructed in a semi-rural area 28km west of the Olympic Stadium, the Sydney International Equestrian Centre now serves as a world-class community and entertainment facility.

The construction of the centre for Sydney 2000 also included the development of surrounding parkland, which means the centre now provides 25km of horse trails which are used at all levels of the sport, from beginner training to elite competition.

Two decades on from the Games, the centre is now under the management of the New South Wales Government Office of Sport and remains Australia’s premier location for equestrian competitions and equine shows. To mark Australia’s proud Olympic legacy in the sport, the nation’s greatest Olympic equestrian athletes and their horses have been honoured by having parts of the centre named after them.

The venue’s indoor training hall has proved to be highly versatile, with 750 undercover seats, allowing it to be used to host a variety of non-equine events, including dog trials, trade shows, cross-country carnivals and weddings.

The site is also rich in Aboriginal and European heritage, with former Aboriginal camp sites and early European settlements recorded in the area, and efforts have been made to ensure that important historical elements remain intact for future generations.

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