Horse racing is an old popular sport in Australia with the first race recorded to have been held in 1810 at Sydney’s Hyde Park. Since then, horse racing tourneys have been organised in different Australian cities with Melbourne being the most popular horse racing city.
Organising a successful horse racing tourney is not a walk in the park. It takes meticulous planning, team effort and financing to oil the wheels. In this article, find some tips for organising a successful horse racing tourney.
Plan for the Venue
Excellent horse racing venues are rare to come by. The demand for the spaces by other events implies that reserving the earmarked venue is always advisable. With a venue locked up, you can move on to planning for additional details of the tourney.
In searching the venue, estimate the number of spectators you expect to ensure that it will be safe for those who will turn on the tourney. Additionally, the venue should be safe for the horses to be in line with the ethical requirements of animal welfare.
Set a Tentative Date
The date of the tourney also needs to be set in advance and communicated to the stakeholders in advance. This ensures that you attract a competitive field to make the event successful and worth signing up for.
In setting the date, ensure it does not coincide with other sporting events such as the Australian Open. This will ensure that the tourney attracts as many spectators as possible. Moreover, the publicity of the event will be unrivalled by any other headline grabber.
Seek Sponsors and Backers
Organising a horse racing tourney is an expensive affair. The venue needs to be paid for, and the winners need to be prized. To assist in shouldering the financial burden, it is wise to seek sponsors of the event. This could be horse racing equipment and feed manufacturers, betting companies and racing institutions.