The Inter Dominion Championship
is one of the world's great harness racing series. Currently
organised by the Inter Dominion Events Committee, with
representatives from both Australia and New Zealand, it is the
premier harness racing event for those countries.
First established in 1935-36, the
Championship’s basic protocol of three Heats and a Final remained
unchanged until 2008 when a bold initiative varied the Series format
to link the Australasian Grand Circuit and the Championship Series.
The new format did not gain popularity, and after other variations
in 2009-11, the original format returned in 2012.
For 2013-15, an approach involving seven
heats held concurrently on major tracks in Australia and New Zealand
was adopted to revitalise the series, and the Trotting Championship
The Inter Dominion Championships were
historically held on a
roster covering Australian
States and New Zealand, but for 2013-15 the Pacers Championship was
awarded to New South Wales, followed by Western Australia
(2015-2017) where the original three heats and a final format has