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Equestrian WA

August 22, 2019


courtesy of Hoofbeats Magazine

This Reader’s Story highlighted the importance of correct handling procedures when administering horse medications, something everyone should be aware of, and many readers got in touch to acknowledge their appreciation of the reminder.
The Reader’s Story refers to a horse diagnosed and treated with medication for PPID (Cushing’s disease). We feel it is important to point out, there are two registered products in Australia for the treatment of Cushing’s Disease. Neither of these products were the product used by the author of the article. The available registered products have been approved for safety and efficacy by the independent regulatory body, the APVMA.
For those seeking information on appropriate treatments for horses suffering from PPID (Cushing’s disease), we suggest you speak to your vet for the appropriate treatment to help with relieving your horse’s symptoms and they can contact Ranvet on 1800 727 217 or Boehringer Ingelheim on 1800 226 315 for information.                   

Sharon, who has a background as a researcher has been campaigning to have  more horse owners aware of the need to be diligent in the handling of any drugs when administering them to horses.

In her quest she has contacted

• the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority about this issue 
• her doctor has agreed to spread the word in medical circles.
• the owner of the compounding company has agreed to look at supplying Pergolide with gloves and safety warnings.
• the boss of the Melbourne Equine Dentistry Institution is adding a lecture on drug handling to their training.
• a Murdoch Vet Lecturer has indicated they will be using her example to highlight drug handling and client education to trainee vets.
• all vet clinics she contacted have agreed to educate those handling the drug.
• her farrier is discussing drug handling safety with all his clients.
• a member of the Vet Board has a copy of the article  for discussion.

Sharon shared her story to help prevent others who may use any horse drugs without suitable safe handling.

If you have concerns relating to the use of any horse drugs then you should talk to your veterinarian. If relating to pergolide then the Ranvet and Boehringer Ingelheim contact numbers are above. There are also many references on the web related to its use for humans and horses.



"I went into having a baby and birth thinking that I would be back riding by six weeks post baby. I had actually planned my first competition back for 8 weeks post-partum. Oh how I was in for a shock! I was a health professional that trained safely until I was 40 weeks pregnant.

I was expecting the sleeplessness and baby blues, but during the process, no one spoke about recovery, incontinence, prolapse or how important the pelvic floor was, other than to do pelvic floor exercises every day. I had a very quick birth with minimal tearing, but because my body had no time to slowly loosen, my pelvic floor was extremely stretched.

I suffered with prolapse post-delivery due to this laxity, incontinence and post-natal depression which was compounded by not being able to ride. I struggled to find evidence-based information that would support my return to horse riding, so I have decided to change that for other riding mums

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With great sorrow and sadness, Equestrian Western Australia would like to offer our condolences to the family of Carol Wells on her passing earlier this week.

Carol rode at the 1994 World Para-Equestrian Championships in Hartpury, UK and was awarded Equestrian Western Australia’s honorary life membership at the 2018 Awards Night earlier this year.



The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme helps regional Western Australia experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives.

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While the risk of Hendra virus occurring in Western Australia is low, horse owners need to remain vigilant for the signs of the disease as it is so dangerous when it occurs.
Hendra virus is a fatal disease of horses caused by horse contact with the secretions of flying foxes (fruit bats) that carry the virus. People who have close contact with infected horses, including vets, may also become infected and can die from the disease.

The disease occurs in Queensland and NSW, and with regular movements back and forth across Australia for equestrian events, your horses can potentially be exposed to horses incubating the disease during competitions.

Be aware that flying foxes in northern WA have been found to carry the virus and so have the potential to infect horses.
Read more about steps you can take to reduce the risk of Hendra virus occurring in your horse:


We highly recommend this course for anyone working with children in sport.

Don't let asthma hold them back!

One in nine children have asthma, so chances are a child in your team is learning how to manage this extra hurdle. Many children with asthma opt out of sport with their friends when they find they simply can't keep up - but it doesn't have to be that way, even they could become elite athletes with the right mentors.

Be the best coach you can be.

You will learn:
• - How to spot asthma
• - Learn asthma triggers
• - What to do in a life-threatening asthma attack
• - Practical tips for the court or field
• - Receive a certificate of completion

Cost: FREE     |     Duration: Approximately 45 minutes



Equestrian Western Australia policy is that all dogs on the State Equestrian Centre grounds must be on a lead and under control. Anyone entering the SEC must comply with the SEC terms and conditions of entry, these are designed to protect all SEC patrons with the dogs on lead policy ensuring that loose dogs do not cause harm to SEC patrons or horses.

We understand that some of our patrons wish to attend the SEC with their dogs, to assist us to maintain the policy of allowing dogs at the SEC we kindly ask that all dogs remain on a lead. We have had several incidents involving dogs not on a lead causing injury to horses and riders over the years, and we require your assistance to protect all SEC patrons.

It is also essential that all riders that ride at the SEC are registered to do so. EWA has promoted the new SEC Park and Ride booking that is free of charge if you just come down for a ride or if you would like to book an arena or jump the cross country jumps a booking with a fee is required.

Please help us to ensure that dogs can remain welcome at the SEC.




The draw for this event is available online:  This was last updated Tuesday 20 August. Please check back to this regularly for scratchings



Dressage competitors wanted!

Are you interested or intending on competing at the Australian Dressage Championships 17-20 October 2019

Competition is held at SIEC Horsley Park NSW.

Entries open now and closing 4th September

Entries online at Nominate

Schedule attached.

If you would like to be a part of the State Team, Sharon Welsh would love to hear from you with your details and the classes you will be entering into.


Come watch Western Australia's top dressage combinations compete for the title of State Champion dance to the music in the serene Indoor Stadium while served delicious High Tea.

Tickets are from $55 with a glass of champagne on arrival.

Book now as only limited tickets are up for grabs!


Swan River Dressage 

  • 14-15 September 2019 - Dressage with Decorum Series 3
  • 26-27 October 2019 - Spring Gala - 2 days of official classes - Dressage with Decorum Series Final

Dressage Association of WA
Training Days for 2019

  • Sept 15. Prep B, 1C, 2C, 3C, 4C, 5C and other tests on requests





Sat 14th and Sun 15th September 2019
Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra
In conjunction with the Alcoa Fairbridge Horse Trials Event


  • Mr Roger Kane (VIC) – EA Level 3 TD, FEI 3* TD
  • Ms Sylvia Williams-Roberts (QLD) - EA Level 3 & FEI Level 3 XC Course Designer, EA Level 1 TD

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Event Schedule now online. We welcome Horseland Perth, Midland, Bunbury and Kelmscott in collaboration in continuing their long term support of this event. We are also exciting to again be presenting the Off the Track Young Eventing Horse of the Year horse again in 2019. There will also be an opportunity for all horses to be assessed as an event horse with the inaugural open event horse style class. Day two of the competition will feature the exciting eventing grand prix classes from 90cm – 115cm. This event will be open for entries on shortly.


  • Alcoa International Horse Trials - 14 & 15 Sept 
  • Horseland Young Event Horse and Eventing Grand Prix -- 5-6 October



Your next Rising Stars clinic is held on the Saturday 7th & 8th September.

Nominate is now open to enter your lessons for the weekend.

Please read the newsletter for your important information!!

Rising Stars has another jam packed weekend with our very talented coaches: Anna Latto-dressage, David Dobson-Jumping, Philippa Collier XC training, Jonna McLean- xc training, Bec Thomas-Jumping, Emily Gray-rider fitness and Careers in Racing at Ascot!! Here is the link for nominate:

Look forward to seeing you all soon. 








WA had the opportunity to attend another 3 day clinic with esteemed coach Rod Brown (EA Level 3 Jumping). EA again funded Rods journey to Perth as part of the HP State Funding Program providing lessons at no cost to the eventing squad riders and with the financial assistance from EWA to heavily subsidize the Jumping squad’s lessons. With this opportunity provided, all squad riders were able to ride not only their squad horse, but another promising super star waiting in the wings to further their equestrian development toward National Squads. The quality of our states riders has improved over the 2 years since this funding has been in place. Friday was the day that all La Noir Saddleworld Jumping squad riders were able to take up the opportunity to ride and be coached by Rod. It was unfortunate that the plane was late due to heavy fog in the morning, so finally started the clinic at midday. Twelve squad riders took up this fantastic opportunity to be fine-tuned for the weekend’s event held with WASJA. Feedback was very positive with riders requesting future clinics with Rod and other visiting EA Coaches.

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9th – 12th September
State Equestrian Centre

The next four-day course will be held at the State Equestrian Centre from Monday 9th September to Thursday 12th September.

This is the final series of clinics for this course to assist our trainee coaches to complete their coaching certificates.

Demonstration Riders Required!!
Would you like to be a part of the next training and assessing clinic to be held from Monday September 9th to the 12th?

It is hoped that this clinic will help the Trainees reach their goals of EA Intro or Level 1 Coaching qualifications.  Much skill in riding depends on the skills of those teaching and coaching and the opportunity to develop the Trainees skills depends on the participation of the demonstration riders.

Please let me know which day(s) would suit you best, your level of ability and preference for dressage, jumping and/or cross country.

Any queries, please contact Zoe Harrison or



Equestrian Western Australia’s coaching committee and Sharon Welsh in charge of High Performance and Athlete Development held a very successful two day EWA Coach Educator (CE) and Skills Specific Training Assessor (SSTA) training update.

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Please find link below to register your payment for the T/D & C/D seminar held on the 14th & 15th September at Fairbridge Village Pinjarra.

Once you have registered you will receive a receipt for payment. Please keep this for your reference.

If you require the accommodation at the Shakespeare House please contact Jacinta Withoud to arrange privately.


Featured Events

Eastern Wheatbelt Riding Club are once again hosting their annual dressage competition 'Crystals in Kellerberrin' on Saturday 14th September. They are offering classes for EA Competitor and Participant, Western Dressage and ARCA riders with tests from Preparatory to Elementary (and higher by request). There are loads of fabulous prizes on offer as well as beautiful rosettes and $100 CASH to the Best Performed ARCA rider! All tests are ridden on grass under qualified judges. There is free camping available with safe yards to keep your horses happy, catering and coffee van to keep your tummy happy and no helper duties to keep your long-suffering family and friends happy!

Entries are open NOW on Global, or check out the event on Facebook

Upcoming Events


Celebrating the bond of horse & human in WA!

Equestra aims to provide a platform for a variety of equestrian sports and recreational activities to perform and exhibit their work in one place over a fun weekend celebrating the relationship between horse and human.

Friday evening will host the inaugural Equestra Junior – a fun and exciting equestrian exhibition aimed at under 10 year olds who have a passion for any type of horse!

Saturday afternoon Equestra Festival will host a variety of stalls and exhibitions from 1:00pm outdoors. The festival is FREE to attend and hosts a number of kids activities such as pat a unicorn,bouncy castle and bucking bull. With live music and bar open the festival offers something for everyone.

Saturday Evening will see the pinnacle of Equestra – the evening show - take a look at equestrian sport from plough to now celebrating the immense and diverse history of horses and humans. This show features fast paced acts from a variety of equestrian sports and pursuits perform under lights to provide an immensely captivating evening of horse power.

Sunday 8 December will provide a new opportunity for spectators to get up and personal with a number of exhibitors from Equestra Festival and “Equestra - From Plough to Now” offering bespoke clinics and training sessions.



Sunday 8 Sept at Sunninghill Equestrian Centre

Cost: Regular lesson $95 / Lesson with video feedback $130

Ann Montgomery is a fully qualified insured coach who is passionate about building the confidence, self-belief, suppleness and strength of both the horse and the rider.

Ann will provide an environment which is conducive to your learning.  Not just a safe arena, but consideration for the temperament of your horse, your state of mind and your style of learning. She will help you find the tools which naturally talented riders use automatically and will work on your mental attitude as well as your riding and the bio-mechanics of both you and your horse.

Ann’s clinics accommodate 9 per day, in private 45-minute lessons, with/without video feedback and/or mini-workshop after every few riders or at lunchtime and then again at the end of the day.

Clinics can be structured to enable riders to leave shortly after their lesson or stay for the day to watch other lessons and participate in the video feedback/ mini-workshop.

For more information about Ann and her coaching, visit her website:

Contact Ann:   

  • phone 0407 070 311   
  • email



Where:   Sunninghill Equestrian Centre, 3010 Riley road, Stoneville
When:     Saturday 31 August  7.30am – 5pm
Heights:  30-45cm, 60cm, 70cm, 80cm, 90cm, 100-105cm and a 1.05m+ depending on interest
Cost:        $15 per round  -  Open to everyone!

Come along and enter some training rounds in a relaxed, casual environment at the beautiful Sunninghill Equestrian Centre whilst supporting a local athlete. Prizes, raffles and lots of fun happening too!

Nikita Mawhirt competes in the sport of Modern Pentathlon, which includes the disciplines of swimming, fencing, showjumping, running and shooting. In 2017 and 2018, she was a member of the Australian team who competed at the World Championships, as well as being the sole female representative from Australia at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. All costs associated with training and competing are completely self-funded, so with the 2020 Junior World Championships and World University games around the corner, Nikita is trying to raise some much needed funds to allow her to continue with her training. Nikita’s dream is to represent Australia at the Paris 2024 OIympic Games and she would love your support in helping her reach these vital stepping stones along the way.

Entries close Wednesday 28th August 5pm

Bookings on the link below:

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

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303 Cathedral Ave, BRIGADOON WA 6069
Tel: +61 8 9296 1200
Fax: +61 8 9296 1194

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