SAFETY ON CROSS COUNTRY DAY
The Cross Country phase of the competition is one of the most popular with the public and the location of the Furphy Media Melbourne International 3 Day Event allows members of the public to get up close to all the action.
But with riders guiding their horses over the course at speeds up to 570 metres per minute and in many instances, due to the nature of the Werribee Park and the soft, leafy ground, it is very difficult to hear or see the horses coming until they are very close.
Riders rarely have time to stop their horse and must have a clear run at all times. For this reason, event organisers have created dozens of specifically designated and signposted public cross-overs where spectators may cross the track.
For the safety of horses, riders and spectators, it is vital that all spectators use the public cross-overs and do not cross the track anywhere else. Lane tape defines the track throughout the parks. Course Marshals will be positioned around the track to prevent breaches of the lane taping and signs will be erected at key points to direct pedestrians to the nearest cross-over point.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all involved, please follow these simple rules:
- DO NOT CROSS the lane tape at any time.
- Only cross at the designated pedestrian cross-overs.
- Observe the instructions of cross-over staff and course marshals.
- Keep dogs on a short lead at all times.
- Keep children under constant supervision
- Avoid leaning out over the laning tape.