Mac Greaves had the idea for a National Show Horse competition and invited the then current New Zealand champion hack, ‘Rembrant’, owned by Kevin Cholmondeley-Smith to compete in a truly Australasian event, and the ‘Nationals’ were born. The ﬁrst event was held over two days at the Royal Melbourne showgrounds in 1985 and was a wonderful spectacle.
The ‘Nationals’ became an annual event, rotating through the states. After some years a decision was made to hold the event in a more central location to ease the burden of travel for the more isolated states. When you consider that just 18 horses competed in the inaugural National Championships, the journey the event has taken is truly remarkable.