OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 AUSTRALIAN TEAMS ANNOUNCED
Equestrian Australia is pleased to announce the final teams for the 2019 Oceania Championships, to be held in Taupo, New Zealand from 10-12th May 2019.
“Congratulations to all of the selected combinations for the Oceania Championships 2019. The Championships are an important element of our strategy leading into Tokyo 2020 to ensure our athletes are best placed to succeed at the Games.
We look forward to a productive staging camp prior to departure for New Zealand, and what I am sure will be a competitive Championships in Taupo,” said High Performance Sports Director, Chris Webb.
Congratulations to the selected combinations, and their connections.
Click here for the full article and team list
AUSSIE OFFICIALS ON OLYMPIC LIST
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games list of appointed and confirmed International Technical Officials for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been released by the FEI.
This list, which includes Technical Delegates, Ground Juries for Dressage, Eventing & Jumping and Dressage Delegate, Veterinary commission, Chief Stewards, FEI Medical Officer and FEI Footing Specialist see's two Australians that have made the cut.
Congratulations to Mary Seefried and Susan Hoevenaars who have both been appointed as Dressage International Technical Officials.
Note that the Appeal Committee, FEI Tribunal, Dressage Supervisory Panel & Limb Sensitivity Veterinarians, as well as the Paralympic ITO's, will be appointed during the course of the year.
Click here to read the full article.
EVENTING IN THE PARK 2018 ON NATIONAL TV
Catch all the action from Eventing in the Park 2018 on TV this Sunday 7th April Nationwide!
Watch Olympians and Eventing superstars Griffiths Eventing Team and Mark Todd Eventing go head to head with young riders and local stars to navigate the challenging course and watch some of WA's top showjumpers bring new discipline to the Perth foreshore.
The broadcast includes rider interviews and snapshots from the glamour around the grounds and is not to be missed. It is not often that we get to see Equestrian action on free to air TV, so make sure you tune in!
The one hour program will also be available throughout April and May on catch-up.
EA BOARD APPOINTS THREE NEW DIRECTORS
The Chair of Equestrian Australia, Alistair MacKinlay today announced the appointment of three directors to the national sporting body’s Board.
Helen Hamilton-James, John Glenn and Ricky MacMillan are appointed to the Equestrian Australia (EA) board effective immediately.
Helen Hamilton-James is a former eventing rider and Chartered Accountant and Qualified Auditor, with experience working with boards across all types of organisations. She is a current member of the National Financial Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Board of Equestrian Australia and will continue in that role.
John Glenn has been an active participant in Equestrian for over twenty years through the sponsorship of riders at both grassroots and elite levels. John is a consultant specialising in Government and Private sector interaction and is uniquely placed to work with the EA Board to strengthen the relationships between EA and its stakeholders in both the government and private sectors.
Ricky MacMillan has been a member of the Australian equestrian community since she was five and has represented Australia at the Sydney and Athens Olympics in dressage. She is an experienced rider coach and judge and well respected by the equestrian community for her comprehensive knowledge making her a vital community representative voice on the board.
Chairman Alistair MacKinlay said: “The Board is delighted to welcome Helen, John, and Ricky to the board of EA. Their unique mix of skills will be of great benefit to the ongoing good governance and integrity of our organisation and its relationships with our members, and our private and government sector supporters."
The three new directors will join Chair Alistair MacKinlay and directors Suzanne Doyle, Peter Toft, David Cameron and Gillian Canapini on the Board of Equestrian Australia.
WELFARE SURVEY SUMMARY
At the end of last year, the newly formed EWA Horse Welfare Committee put out a survey to the members seeking information on the current awareness and opinions on welfare at EWA events and on the SEC grounds. We thank the members who took the time to respond, as the results have been very interesting. The full survey results can be downloaded here .
In summary, here are some of the findings:
47% of respondents would not know how to report a welfare concern or incident witnessed at an EWA event or on the SEC grounds. To resolve this, we will be clarifying the process in simple language in a future newsletter and post on the EWA website, and social media.
The two biggest concerns for respondents in regards to welfare is lame or unsound horses at competitions and incidents of possible abuse in the warm-up arenas/ areas. It is encouraging to see the number of people attending the recent steward training days, and we look forward to seeing more accredited stewards attending more EWA sanctioned events across the board.
47% believe they witnessed an incident in the breach of welfare in the past year, with another 16% of respondents unsure if what they witnessed was a breach or not.
Only 15% of respondents believed that EWA were doing enough in regards to policing and educating riders in regards to expected welfare standards. The Welfare Committee will be striving to deliver more education to riders and owners on this important topic as we move forward to address this concern.
Retaining the social licence to operate for our sport, especially in light of the redevelopment proposal for the SEC is vitally important. Every rider has a responsibility to be the advocate for their horse, and follow the most current and up to date welfare practices. The Welfare Committee will be following a mandate of education and prevention and will work to communicate clearly to the membership any concerns, issues or new information available to make our sport and welfare outcomes better.
Chair, EWA Welfare Committee.