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Australian landscape will dominate the equestrian venue for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. There will be more than 25 kilometres of trails spread over 80 hectares of native bushland heavily planted with wattles, gums and paperbark trees.
Built at Horsley Park, the $37 million facility is 28 kilometres west of Homebush Bay and will become a permanent home for equestrian sport.
Features include a combined showjumping and dressage main arena, with permanent seating for 2,000 people. Grass banks accommodate another 3,000.
A fully enclosed 70 x 35 metre indoor training hall with permanent seating for 800 spectators, and a stable complex with 224 stables and tack rooms, will provide facilities for the horses and their grooms.
More than 25 kilometres of courses will be prepared for training and the three-day event, including 15.4 kilometres of endurance roads and tracks, a steeplechase track and galloping track, and a 12 metre wide, 7.4 kilometre long cross-country course with 42 jumps.