Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has today announced changes to the presentation of its 2008-09 annual awards to further build their profile and maximise the experience of attendees. The Victorian Horse of the Year awards have been moved from Rothacker Medal night and will now spearhead a second function on Friday night, October 23.
The Rothacker Medal, the state's highest individual honour, will again headline the industry's premier awards dinner on Saturday night, November 14.
Both functions will be held at Tabcorp Park, Melton in conjunction with a race meeting and attendance is open to the public as well as nominees and invited guests.
"Due to the volume of awards now presented we have elected to split their presentation across two functions to ensure they receive due recognition," HRV chief executive John Anderson said.
"We also believe it will enhance the experience for those attending either or both functions by reducing the number of awards to be presented on one night.
"Whilst the Rothacker Medal has continued to grow in stature and popularity, so too has the number of awards presented on the night which had the potential to impact on the event.
"The decision to create a stand alone ceremony for the Horse of the Year awards will ensure that both nights are entertaining events and well patronised by the industry."
Along with the individual Horse of the Year awards, the state and metropolitan trainer and driver premiership winners will be acknowledged on October 23, plus the annual HRV media awards will be presented on the night also.
As well as recognising an individual for their outstanding contribution to the sport, Rothacker Medal night on November 14 will feature the presentation of the annual country club awards.
Tickets to both functions include a three course dinner, drinks package and live entertainment and can be booked via Miriam Gandolfo at HRV on (03) 8378 0212 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Rothacker Medal tickets are $75 per person, with Horse of the Year tickets $70 per person.