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
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
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;
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.
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