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Equestrian WA

March 5, 2020



Sarah Moore started this week as Events Coordinator and has hit the ground running with the upcoming Saddles Plus Interschools Championship and the Off The Track/EWA events underway with Lindsay Baxter's support in the lead up to the Interschools. Sarah has more than 16 years’ marketing and event management experience having been part of teams that have delivered large-scale events such as the Cale Street Festival, HyperFest and Motorvation. More recently, as the Project Marketing Manager for Vicinity Centres, she has led some of Perth’s largest shopping centre launch events including the opening of DFO Perth. Sarah comes from a well-known Show Horse family and has a lifelong association with the discipline. She is also an NCAS Preliminary Pony Club coach, previously coaching at Wallangarra and Gidgegannup Pony Clubs for more than 25 years (these days you will find her at the end of lead-rope as her 5-year-old daughter commences her saddle career!) Sarah is thrilled to be joining the EWA team and is very much looking forward to working on some amazing events.

While we welcome Sarah to the team, we are also bidding farewell to Sharon Welsh, our High Performance and Athlete Development Officer. Sharon will be leaving the office to pursue a career in mining. Sharon has been a valued member of the EWA team for eight years, and we wish her well for the future. In the meantime, Anna Latto will be working in the role until a replacement appointed.



Did you know that horses can have asthma too?

An honours student at The University of Adelaide is currently working to determine how common equine asthma is in Australian horses and to identify the factors that increase the risk of developing this disease.

Equine asthma ranges in severity but commonly results in poor performance, chronic intermittent coughing and/or nasal discharge.

"You are invited to participate in a short 10-15 minute survey. It is hoped we engage with the greater Australian horse-owning population, to ultimately obtain information that represents the majority of horses in Australia. This survey will help to provide critical information to help improve the health and welfare of horses in Australia. Through the identification of common risk factors we anticipate that guidelines will be developed to help reduce the impact of this important disease."

Participants have the option to remain anonymous, answers will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and all data and results will be deidentified. Participants will also have the option of being entered into a prize draw, sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research and Barastoc Horse Feeds.

To participate in the survey, click here



This program will run across two days with the annual Peel Sports Forum on Friday 27th March, followed on Saturday 28th March by a separate Coaches Forum.

There will also be additional workshops delivered earlier in the week by local governments in the Peel region.

  • The Friday Peel Sports Forum is headlined by keynote speaker Michelle Cowan, former senior coach at the Fremantle Dockers AFLW and current assistant coach at the West Coast Eagles AFLW. A range of Olympians will sit on our popular panel session hosted by MC Mark Readings and the forums workshops will include how to achieve your community through social media, attracting time and talent, building a positive club culture and more !
  • The Saturday Coaches Forum will have sessions delivered by Olympic Kayaker Jesse Phillips, Olympic basketballer and NBL star Mark Worthington and Michelle Cowan!

For more information on speakers or the event and to register, please click here.

Regional Encouragement Dressage & Show Jumping Competition - 29 March

Participate in an encouragement competition in dressage and jumping.

Regional Off the Track WA Education Clinic - 28 March

What’s offered: Join Off the Track WA for an Education day offering flatwork, showjumping, groundwork lessons as well as an off-horse lecture with EA Accredited Coaches.

Information regarding lessons

Ground work - EA Coach Gail Simms

Groundwork is all about improving the horse's focus on and response to their handler.

You will learn how to move specific body parts on cue and teach your horse to focus on respond to your body language, these classes are great for socialising green horses.

Preferred equipment - Bridle the horse is usually ridden in (ideally snaffle) otherwise in a halter and have a decent length of rope.

Flatwork - EA Coach Wendy Cumming

The purpose of flatwork is to assist the horse to become calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with its rider. Flatwork covers a multitude of exercises from circles, turns, transitions from pace to pace for example from walk to canter and transitions within a pace such as working trot to medium trot.

Lesson classification:

  • Green – can walk and trot, canter is optional
  • Intermediate – can walk, trot and canter safely
  • Advanced – confident to walk, trot and canter in a consistent frame. Started training in lateral movements

Show Jumping - EA Coach Rebecca Thomas

Jumping lessons offer horse/rider combinations the opportunity to learn to navigate obstacles in a safe, confident manner. Lessons involve grid work, single fences and poles on the ground.

Lesson classification:

  • Poles
  • Up to 60cm
  • 60cm to 80cm
  • 80cm and over

Metro Eventing Grand Prix - 7th March

Thank you for registering for our Off the Track WA Eventing Grand Prix this Saturday.

Please see link here for your provisional draw.

Start Times – Classes will run through congruently starting with the 45cm at 8.00am.

The course will be open from 7.00am to 7.45am.

Start Times for each class:
🐴 8.00am 45cm
🐴 9.20am 65cm
🐴 11:10am 80cm

Scratching’s – please email these to

All riders will receive a “Goody bag” courtesy of Off the Track WA. Please check-in at the Off the Track WA tent to receive this.

All horses have been issued with a number, which you will receive when you check-in. The rider is required to wear this in a body number holder when mounted. These will NOT be available for purchase at the event, please make sure you have one prior to the event.

Catering will be available on the day.

Scores will be available online via

There is also a phone application available to download called “ScoreBoard” to keep up to date with all results.

Off the Track WA is generously providing some wonderful prizes and awards. Presentations for each class will be after the completion of the class. All classes will be placed in 6th place.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday and best of luck!



  • Perth H&PC - 8 March 2020 
    Official Show Horse and Hunter (RAS qualifier) and Unofficial w/t and w/t/c ring. Entry on the day. Measuring available
  • Autumn Pageant and Saddles Plus Newcomers - 3 May 2020
  • SHCWA Classic 2020 - 30 May 2020
  • Winter Gala & Intermediate HOTY - 14 June 2020
  • SHCWA Western Stars & The Rug Rack Debutante - 4 July 2020
  • EWA HOTY - 11 - 13 September 2020
  • SHCWA Horse of The Year 2020 - 24 October 2020

Entries will open Monday 9th March 2020



  •  7-8 March: Kings Meadow Polo and Showjumping International – Kings Meadow, Guildford
  • 14-15 March: WA Showjumping Association Training Day & Show
  • 22 March: Gidgegannup H&PC Showjumping, Cross Country & Dressage Training Day
  • 22 March: Taminga Jump Club Training Day/Young Horse classes
  • 25-26 April: WA Showjumping Association Training Day & Show
  • 3 May: SRSJC Jump Club
  • 24 May: Taminga Jump Club May Show
  • 6 June: SRSJC Jump Club
  • 20-21 June: Horseland Young Horse Championship
  • 5 July: SRSJC Jump Club
  • 18 July: Taminga Jump Club July Show
  • 25-26 July: Winter Jumping Festival
  • 02 August: Taminga Jump Club August Show
  • 08 & 09 August: WASJA Winter Champs
  • 22 August: SRSJC Jump Club
  • 29-30 August: SRSJC Annual Championships
  • 06 September: Taminga Jump Club September Show
  • 25 October: Taminga Jump Club Championship Show




We have received confirmation from the FEI regarding the use of the French Link for Eventing Dressage

It is not allowed for the Dressage test.
The 2020 Eventing Rules Annex A -Permitted bits does not include any diagram with a “plate” section in the bit under “permitted mouthpieces”, therefore any bit with a “plate” is currently not allowed.

All Permitted bits for eventing Dressage are included in Annex A of the Eventing rules. If a bit is not included in this Annex, it means that is not allowed for Eventing Dressage.












Entries are steadily coming in for the upcoming Autumn ARCA Challenge! With just a week until entries close, it would be great to see more clubs represented. Entries have been received from the following clubs;

Avon Valley ARC
Bakers Hill ARC
Baldivis ARC
Brookleigh ARC
Eastern Wheatbelt RC
Gidgegannup EA
Gnangara ARC
Horsemens ARC
Kelmscott ARC
Magenup ARG
Orange Grove ARC
Peel ARC
Wallangarra ARC
Wanneroo AECI
Zamia ARC

Some of these clubs only have one lonesome rider! Let's get behind our club mates and get out of our comfort zones. Jumping might not be your thing, but everyone can walk over a pole!

Upcoming Events



Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) has today released a tender for the provision of re-trainer services for its new equine welfare facility, the Off the Track WA Estate, in North Dandalup.

The Estate forms part of RWWA’s WA Racehorse Welfare Plan and will act as a multi-purpose welfare facility for the use of re-training and emergency care for retired racehorses.

To view the full Scope of Services or to submit a tender, please visit the Tenders WA website here.

Tenderers Briefing

A non-mandatory briefing for Tenderers will be held at 1.00pm, Thursday 12 March 2020 at the Off the Track WA Estate.

Please note Tenderers must register their attendance for the briefing by e-mail to by no later than 2.00pm, Wednesday 11 March 2020.

EWA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Sport and LotteryWest.

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