The 2013 Royal Melbourne Horse Show coveted Best of Show Championship has been awarded to Stylish Impression (racing name Stadium Girl) exhibited by Fiona and Russell Bracken of Carisbrook, Victoria.
Presented by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) over four days at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, more than 800 horses competed at the Royal Melbourne Horse Show, which is Australia's largest horse breed show.
RASV CEO Mr Mark O'Sullivan congratulated Fiona and Russell Bracken on winning the prestigious Best of Show Championship at the Royal Melbourne Horse Show, which is a highlight of the Australia Day long weekend for the equestrian community.
"On behalf of the RASV, I would like to congratulate Fiona and Russell Bracken on winning the Best of Show Championship at the 2013 Royal Melbourne Horse Show."
"The RASV is proud to present the Royal Melbourne Horse Show, which features more than 40 breeds of exceptional horses and ponies and has this year experienced a significant increase in entries across a number of categories," said Mr O'Sullivan.
Highlights of this year's competition included the Racing Victoria Thoroughbred section, which featured a number of former prize-winning racehorses, the new Australian Stud Saddle Pony section and the Saddle Horse Championship, which was a qualifying class for the 2013 Royal Melbourne Show, and the Show Horse Council of Australasia's Grand National Championships, to be held in 2014.
The Royal Melbourne Horse Show was presided over by nationally and internationally acclaimed expert judges, including Mrs Claire Simpson of New Zealand (Saddle Horse Championships and Open Breed Show Hunters), Mr David Wilson of New South Wales (Australian Stock Horses) and Mr Martyn Minns also of New South Wales (Friesians, Mountain and Moorland Ponies and European Ponies).
One of the most prestigious competitions in the Australian equestrian calendar, the Royal Melbourne Horse Show provides valuable qualification towards the 'Horses in Action' competition at the 2013 Royal Melbourne Show in the spring.