THE Highlands welcomed the arrival of one of Australia’s most prestigious sporting trophies last Friday.
The Wingecarribee was one of 34 destinations across the country that played host to the Emirates Melbourne Cup Trophy.
The 18-carat gold trophy, valued at $175,000 started its tour at 8am and travelled by horse and carriage to several destinations across the Highlands.
Racing legends, Des Gleeson and Ray Selkrig accompanied the cup and shared some of their memorable tales from the track.
The cup’s biggest event of the day was held at the Bong Bong Picnic Race Club which had applied to get the cup into the region earlier this year.
Race club events co-ordinator, Simone Koster said the cup had put Bowral on the map and brought the community together.
“It’s the people’s cup, up-lifting the community spirit,” she said.
“It has bought residents from outside townships into town and the entire horse community has put their hands up for the Horses in the Highlands events and volunteered their time.”
The race club put on a whole range of equestrian activities for the Horses in the Highlands event including trick riding shows, dressage to music, a polocrosse chukka, race horse training, emergency services coffee canter, Arab horse training and several stalls and other entertainment.
All the proceeds raised from the event at the racecourse will go to the National Jockeys Trust and the Movement Disorder Fund.