Upper Hunter Country

Upper Hunter Country

2017 Country Championships

Launched in 2015, the inaugural Country Championships proved a resounding success for the racing industry and generated unprecedented interest and coverage.

An initiative of Racing NSW and supported by the Government of NSW, The Country Championships was created to support and promote NSW racing in country areas, ensuring that horses from across the state are part of The Championships in Sydney in the autumn.

About The Series

  • The Country Championships consists of a series of seven qualifying races, each held at a club representing one racing region in NSW.
  • Each race will be worth $150,000 in prize money, and will be contested by eligible horses that must be under the care of a country trainer in that region.
  • An eighth ‘Wild Card’ race, worth $50,000, will be held to provide one more opportunity for horses to qualify for the final that have already contested an earlier heat.
  • The first and second horse in each regional race will qualify for the $400,000 Country Championships final to be held at Royal Randwick in Sydney on Day 1 of The Championships, Saturday 1 April 2017.

Sunday, 5 March 2017 SCONE 1400m Hunter & North West 

Sunday 26 March 2017 MUSWELLBROOK 1280m Wildcard - All regions

Saturday, 1 April 2017 ROYAL RANDWICK 1400m FINAL

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Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

Come on up this October Long Weekend!

Only a short 90 minute drive from Newcastle CBD, the Upper Hunter Valley offers visitors a true country experience this October Long Weekend.

Most of the Upper Hunter’s generous 8000 square kilometres is devoted to national parks and nature reserves and rural uses like grazing, cropping, dairy farming, and horse studs.

Before you even leave the highway you will see cows, sheep and goats grazing and horses galloping in the fields.

Experience some of the most diverse environments in Australia from western grasslands to Alpine forests, subtropical zones and a wide variety of national parks and wilderness where you can truly ‘get lost’.

If you are after a weekend break to escape the hustle and bustle of city life but don’t want to venture too far then the Upper Hunter is the ideal location.

The Upper Hunter boasts one of the best fishing spots in NSW at Lake Glenbawn. There’s also space for water sports from swimming to water skiing, some great picnic spots and a range of accommodation options in Lake Glenbawn State Park.

Up in the Barrington Tops you can really escape with no mobile reception – guaranteeing you can switch off from the office for the weekend!

If wilderness isn’t your thing then you can go on a horse stud tour, enjoy a long lunch or a cheese platter for two at one of our wineries or visit some of our many art galleries the region has to offer.

While you're here why not check out one or more of the many events taking place over the long weekend such as;

  • Murrurundi Photography Art Prize 2016
  • Oktoberfest Scone at Airlie House Motor Inn
  • Merriwa Campdraft
  • Denman Farmers and Artisans Market
  • The Anglo American Glenbawn Fishing Classic
  • The Coolmore Denman Cup at Muswellbrook Race Club

Check out our events page for more details.

Whether you are travelling to somewhere else or looking for a short break, the region offers an enticing variety of activities for this October Long Weekend.

Unlock the secrets of the Upper Hunter through our website and sign up for our fortnightly newsletter ‘What’s up!” that lists all the events, sports and cultural activities held throughout the year.

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Upcoming Race Meetings at Scone Race Club

Friday 17 July, 2015

Sunday 9 August, 2015

Friday 28 August, 2015 - HTBA Protect Our Industry Race Day

Friday 25 September, 2015 - Tradies Day

Friday 16 October, 2015

Tuesday 27 October, 2015

Monday 23 November, 2015 - Australian Hotels Association Race Day

Monday 30 November, 2015

Friday 18 December, 2015 - Christmas Party Race Day

Sunday 27 December, 2015 - Summertime Race Day

Check out the Scone Race Club website for access to Race Programmes from Racing NSW

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