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Equestrian WA

April 2, 2020



We hope you are keeping well, safe and healthy.

Due to the recent announcements surrounding the Tokyo Games we felt it important to update you all on the current circumstances and changes that continue to be ever evolving.

With the announcement of the postponement of the Tokyo Games 2020 to similar dates in 2021, the FEI, National Federations, Athletes, Officials and Organising Committees will need to implement adaptations to various plans in response to the revised dates for both Games, which was announced on Monday.

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As part of its measures aimed at minimising the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the FEI Calendar, the FEI has put in place a new policy for calculating the world rankings from 1 April until the Calendar returns to normal. The new policy was initially discussed with the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) specifically for the Longines Jumping Rankings, but will now be used for each of the disciplines where a rolling 12-month period is used for the calculations.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the lives of people around the globe, the disruption to community sport in Western Australia has been far-reaching and is likely to greatly impact the physical, mental and social wellbeing of our community.

A recent survey of SportWest members confirms that over 850,000 people directly involved in community sports in WA have had their lives dramatically impacted by Covid-19.

"There are now over 40,000 community sports matches not proceeding, which translates to more than 700,000 participants inactive and around 100,000 administrators and volunteers sitting idle. West Australians have lost – at least in the short term – the much-valued community connections that sport regularly provides", said SportWest CEO Rob Thompson.

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As you may have heard, Premier Mark McGowan yesterday announced a $159 million COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide urgent financial relief for eligible not-for-profit sports, arts and community organisations.

An initial $59 million will be available for crisis and emergency relief support for eligible not‑for-profit and community organisations to assist with costs related to increased demand for food, clothing, shelter and other critical needs.

This funding will also provide urgent financial relief for not-for-profit sports, arts and community organisations experiencing hardship as a result of cancelled events. It will compensate for cancellation costs, lost revenue and incurred or committed operational costs associated with the cancelled event.

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The FEI is to create a series of discipline-specific task forces to evaluate the impact on the FEI Calendar of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in multiple Event cancellations and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until 2021.

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The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has welcomed the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Japanese Government and the Tokyo Olympic Games Organising Committee (TOCOG) to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games until next year.

The AOC recognises that the Games’ organisers have an enormous task ahead of them to move the Tokyo Olympics to next year but have no doubt that Japan will put on a great Olympic Games.

AOC CEO Matt Carroll says it’s a challenging moment in history during tragic times globally, but athletes and sports now have absolute clarity that enables them to focus on a Games in 2021.

“The IOC has received fresh advice from the World Health Organisation. The pandemic is accelerating, and this decision recognises that.

“As President Bach has noted, “Human lives take precedence over everything, including the staging of the Games.”

“The Games have never been postponed previously. But I have no doubt that when the world moves past these very difficult times, the Tokyo Olympic Games will provide an opportunity for the world to reconnect in a spirit of unity and hope. Japan is up to the task and they will do a great job.

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Equestrian WA sincerely apologizes for the closure of the State Equestrian Centre for ALL riding including the 'Park and Ride', access through the bridle trail and ALL arena bookings.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we like everyone in Australia are required to make massive changes in our business and lives. We would have liked to allow riding to continue at the SEC, unfortunately due to the safety consideration for you and your horse, we are not able to.

Reductions to staff hours will also mean that we will no longer be able to maintain the riding areas, e.g. mowing, removing fallen timber and perform our daily safety inspections. In general, this would mean that we can no longer provide the duty of care required to allow riding to continue. This was a tough decision made as we understand the immense pleasure that so many get from riding at the SEC. We are also certain that you acknowledge that you and your horse's safety is essential in these uncertain times.

We wish all of you and your family good health. Take care, and we'll see you all soon!

N.B. Should you wish to access the other trails that do not require access from the SEC grounds, we suggest parking at Bells Rapids. For more information about trails around the centre, visit



Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, and as part of our efforts to protect the health of our staff, the Equestrian WA office will be shut, and all team will be working from home until further notice.

Please note that unless a staff member is on leave, all e-mails will be responded during regular business hours as the office will be operating remotely. Also, note that one staff member will also work from the office on their rostered days to answer any incoming phone calls.

We will review the situation and working arrangements as circumstances change. At this time, we aren’t aware of any staff or immediate family members who have been infected with COVID-19.

Our IT systems are robust, and we are confident that connectivity will be maintained.

We will ensure that this arrangement will not disrupt our business operation.




We've received a few queries about the processing of refunds for the 2020 Saddles Plus Interschool Equestrian Festival. Nominate have assured us that these are being processed and they should have these complete within a week.

The reason for the delay is the huge number of refunds that Nominate are processing at the moment and the most logical way of working through them was chronologically.

Thanks so much for your patience.




In light of the advice being given by Equestrian Australia at this time, ARCA and Peel ARC have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Winter Challenge.

Thank you to all riders for their understanding. We are just as disappointed as you are to be faced with this decision.

As always, we have the health and safety of our riders, their families and the wider community as our number one priority.
Stay well, stay safe and stay HOME if you can.

ARCA & Peel ARC Committees

Upcoming Events

Please see the event updates below. If you are seeking information about refunds, rescheduling or other queries please contact the organising club directly.




Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) is pleased to announce the launch of its dedicated Off the Track WA website to assist in the transition of retired racehorses to equestrian and pleasure pursuits.

The website,, forms part of a series of commitments presented in RWWA’s WA Racehorse Welfare Plan to further safeguard the welfare of its racehorses.

The website’s key functions include:

  • Marketplace: A buy and sell function providing the racing industry and equestrian community with a dedicated platform to buy and sell retired thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses.
  • Information: Educational material by industry experts providing advice and guidance on how to care for a retired racehorse, as well as tips for training an off the track horse.
  • Clinics and Events: Ongoing list of all Off the Track WA clinics and events run by RWWA in partnership with Equestrian Western Australia (EWA), as well as clinics and events sponsored by the program.
  • Re-trainers: A list of all acknowledged re-trainers in WA that can assist in re-training retired horses.
  • Sponsorships: Information on how to apply for sponsorships from RWWA’s Off the Track WA program.

RWWA General Manager Racing Charlotte Mills said that since the announcement of the Welfare Plan in November 2019, RWWA has been diligent in planning and implementing a number of the commitments, including increased investments to its Off the Track WA program.

“Having a dedicated Off the Track WA website will provide further support to the racing industry, making it easier for them to find a new home for their retired racehorses,” Ms Mills said.

“The website will also benefit those who are looking to purchase an off the track horse, and those who already own one, acting as a one-stop-shop for finding recognised re-trainers, information about upcoming clinics and events, as well as educational material to support with the transition.”

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

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