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Equestrian Australia

September 2016


Bookings open for the Stewarding Seminar for all disciplines in Tasmania on Sunday 23 October  HERE.

Bookings now open the National Stewards Promotion/Refresher on 15-16 October in WA HERE.

FEI Code of Conduct

Equestrian Australia (EA) subscribes to the FEI Code of Conduct for the welfare of the horse and strongly endorses the notion that at all times the welfare of the horse must be paramount. Read

General Veterinarian Course 2016

Equestrian Australia and the FEI Veterinary Department are pleased to invite you to the General Veterinarian Course to be held in Adelaide, Australia from 3-4 November 2016.  Register NOW

Veterinarians - resources

A new section is available for Veterinarians in our RESOURCES FOR OFFICIALS page. Click HERE.

Equestrian Official for Rio 2016

Our FEI 5* Dressage Judge and Chair of the Australian Dressage Committee, Mary Seefried, was appointed member of the Judges Supervisory Panel for dressage at the Rio Olympic Games. Read

Women Leaders In Sport Grants now open!

The Australian Sports Commission is calling for applications for the expanded Women Leaders in Sport program, an initiative that has supported the development ambitions of more than 23,000 women since its inception in 2002.

Applications for the individual and organisation grants are open now and close October 5. MORE

2022 FEI World Equestrian Games

EA has decided not to submit a bid for 2022. READ


The Coaches Calendar has been updated with new courses and clinics available. VIEW


The Officials Calendar has been updated with new courses and clinics available. MORE


Remember to check the Officials Page of the EA website for support and assistance. It is regularly updated VIEW

Show Horse and Dressage Measuring Calendar HERE


View past editions of Evolve Newsletters on the EA website

September 28, 2016

Meet our new Pathway Manager for Coaches

Alison Gestier comes to us with ten years of experience in sport development and education and is well versed with the Australian Sports Commission’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme. Most recently, Alison has been working with Macquarie University Sport in a role spanning swimming, martial arts and gymnastics. Prior to this, Alison led the education program for Gymnastics NSW for four years developing courses aligning to the VET sector and rolling out a new education pathway and undertook various roles with Pittwater Sports Centre and Gedling Borough Council. Sport, education and managing/mentoring coaches has been a strong theme in Alison’s career.

Alison completed her physiotherapy degree in the UK and has since completed diplomas in business management and HR, as well as her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has also undertaken considerable volunteer work in her local community.

You can contact Alison at and on 02 8762 7709.

Development of our Pathway Program for Officials

Following a competitive recruitment process, Di Saunders will be taking full responsibility for the development of our Pathway Program for Officials. This will include the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) through the Australian Sports Commission and the FEI accreditation programs for Technical Delegates, Judges, Stewards and Course Designers. 

Di will be known to many of you given her previous roles within EA since 2011. Her horse career started as a Junior Jumping competitor. She became a groom when her daughters started competing at first pony club, Interschool’s and then Eventing,  and has competed in lower level Eventing and Dressage as an Adult.

Please join us in congratulating Di on her promotion.

You can contact Di at and on 02 8762 7706

COACH OF THE MONTH September - Nellandra Henry

Nellandra Henry is a full-time accredited EA Level 2 Jumping Coach and a Coach Educator in Western Australia. She is also a level 1 General Coach and a Skill-Specific Trainer/Assessor. She lives and works at Benell Park in Gidgegannup with her partner Ben, who also rides and competes in showjumping. Nell won EWA Community Coach of the Year 2015 and is a regular Coach of the EWA Young Rising Stars Squad. Read MORE.

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COACH OF THE MONTH is a regular series in our Evolve e-News. It is a way of highlighting the EA coaches and educators who work with dedication and passion all over Australia.

COACH OF THE MONTH August - Jill Schwartz

Jill Schwartz is an NCAS Level 2 General Coach and Coach Educator. She is 58 and lives with her long time partner Pieter on a small acreage near Richmond in Tasmania. They have a daughter Kate, 25 who now lives in Hobart.

She has been on the Dressage Tasmania Southern Zone committee for 30 years and has been the DT Young Rider Squad Coordinator for the past 10 years. She has twice been Equestrian Tasmania’s Volunteer of the Year. She was also an E level Dressage judge for over 20 years and is hoping to reaccredit in the near future. Read MORE. Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Passion, Commitment, Love. Does this sound like someone you know?

At Barastoc we believe in helping young riders follow their dreams, so we’re offering 12 young riders the opportunity to become part of our team and join our Barastoc Junior Riders Squad.

Every month we will announce a new winner. If you are not successful this time, don’t worry, your application will be kept, so there is no need to apply for a second time.

Throughout the competition period, you’re welcome to try and get the judges attention on Facebook or Instagram by showing us your #juniorsquadspirit by posting photos of yourself and your horse and using the competition hashtags #BarastocJuniorSquad #JuniorSquadSpirit

If you haven't already, apply today.

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We need your feedback

Working together, Equestrian Australia and the State branches are conducting a study on the broader economic and community impacts of equestrian sport in Australia. 

As coaches and officials of the sport, your input to this study is extremely beneficial both as a member and in your current position.

If you could please ensure you have filled this out, as the data will be of great benefit to EA, the States and the wider equestrian community.

Each member should have received an email with a link to complete the survey. (Please check your Junk mail if not in your inbox). Submit your responses by Friday 14th October.

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Working hand in hand with NZ to share holding FEI courses

Katrina Dukats (EA Steward General for Jumping), Nigel King (FEI Course Presenter from HKG) and Dana Kirkpatrick (Operations Manager New-Zealand Federation) at the end of the 5-day Refresher and Promotion courses for Jumping Stewards.

Dana travelled with the 5 NZ Officials to observe the course. The Riders Series was also being held at SIEC so this offered Dana an opportunity to talk to some Australian Officials and coaches.  As well as for our team to discuss how New-Zealand and Australia can balance the share of running courses.

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2016 FEI Refresher for Jumping Stewards wrap

The course, held on 17 and 18 August 2016, offered experienced Jumping Stewards the chance to discuss many different situations faced during their role assisting at FEI events.  Course Director Nigel King from Hong Kong used many different scenarios he has experienced whilst officiating at events around the world, for example Aachen. FEI Stewards are required to attend a Update or Refresher seminar as part of their requirements to maintain their qualification. READ Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

INSIGHT - The Australian Showjumping Championships

Anne-Marie Greenway (VIC) has recently officiated as a Steward at the 2016 Australian Showjumping Championships in Victoria. Here she tells us her story... READ. Facebook Like Button Tweet 

INSIGHT - Officials share your story...

Are you an Equestrian Australia official who has recently officiated overseas and interested in sharing your experiences with other officials and the greater equestrian community for a new series? 

Our INSIGHT series tells the stories of international competitions from an Officials perspective.

The stories that we collect will be published on the Equestrian Australia website and/or newsletters and EA social media sites.

If you are interested in recounting your time abroad as an official, please submit your details using our online form. Officials who participate will be asked to submit a brief summary of their experience and also provide an image/s from the event.

CLICK HERE to be taken to the online form where you can submit your details. Facebook Like Button Tweet Button

Sport News

  • Equestrian Australia is excited to announce the introduction of the Dual Crown in 2016, a new National Series in Eventing and Jumping. 
  • FEI Horse Name Changes Guidelines update. Read MORE.

RIO 2016

  • Behind the Scene - The Rio Diary MORE
  • Check all the Rio news stories and results HERE

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