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Equestrian WA

December 19, 2019


Alison Johnston is the lucky winner of Round 1 of our Early Bird Renewal Draw. From everyone at EWA, congrats Alison!

For those who haven't renewed their membership, be sure to do so quickly as we will be picking five winners in the Round 2 draw (closing 22nd December 2019) to a win feed voucher for five bags of feed worth $150 from Pegasus Feeds!

We will also be giving away five merchandise hampers containing a hay bag, t-shirt, feed dipper and hat to be given away to members renewing from the 23rd December - 6th January!

Renew your membership now at


It is with great pleasure that we announce all the award nominees and that tickets for the 2019 Equestrian WA Awards Night are now ON SALE!

The awards night will take place at The Westin Perth on Friday, February 07 2020. Tickets will include a plated two-course gourmet meal and 5-hour drinks package.

Be sure to get your tickets before the 6th January 2020 to be eligible in the Early Bird prize draw, where two lucky winners will win either a 2020 Equestrian WA Membership or a one night’s stay in a Deluxe King Room at The Westin Perth with breakfast for two at the Garum Perth.

Equestrian WA Olympic athlete pathway fundraising

The annual EWA awards night will include fundraising to support EWA members in the immediate lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. These athletes would be required to be on the Equestrian Australian High-Performance Squad Gold or Green Squads to qualify for funding. Currently, this includes Sharon Jarvis Para-Equestrian and Sonja Johnson Eventing.

The EWA Awards night is a celebration of EWA members and horses recognising their success and commitment to the sport during the preceding year. The addition of the Olympic fundraiser would acknowledge the accomplishment of our members on the Olympic journey.

Because of the tight time constraints of the Awards evening fundraising will include silent auction and raffle at the Awards night and possible online auction leading up to the night and the ability to make a tax-deductible donation when purchasing Awards Night tickets or you can also donate directly here . Please note that no part of award night tickets will be forwarded to the fund.

The fund will be managed by the EWA Chair, EWA Finance Director and an appointed member.

  1. The Olympic athlete pathway fund will provide Event entry fee reimbursement for EWA Australia based eligible athletes entering events outside of Western Australia but within Australia.
  2. Eligible athletes will be asked to supply proof of event entry.
  3. An eligible athlete can apply for multiple event entry refunds.
  4. Fuel costs incurred in travel to events can also be claimed.
  5. Athletes may apply for additional Olympic pathway funds, and these will be assessed on a case by case basis.
  6. The total funding available to riders will be limited by funds raised for this purpose. Once the funds are exhausted, applications for funds will not be accepted.



Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with Equestrian Western Australia (EWA) through its Off the Track WA program, to present a series of events across the State in 2020.

The series, which covers both regional and metropolitan areas, will provide an opportunity for owners of retired racehorses to participate in clinics with EA accredited coaches and competitions across various disciplines.

RWWA General Manager Racing Charlotte Mills said the partnership forms part of RWWA’s recently announced Racehorse Welfare Plan.

“The series will provide further assistance in the transition of retired racehorses to equestrian and pleasure pursuits,” said RWWA General Manager Racing Charlotte Mills.

“RWWA is committed to ensuring that the best levels of care are given to thoroughbreds and standardbreds throughout all stages of their lives and we will continue to implement the various initiatives outlined in our Racehorse Welfare Plan over the next six to 12 months.”

EWA Chief Executive Officer Dwight Pedlow said he was delighted with the new partnership.

“EWA is honoured to be working with RWWA’s Off the Track program as we believe these competitions and clinics will play an important role in providing educational and encouragement events for owners of retired racehorses,” said Mr Pedlow.

The events will be open to any thoroughbred and standardbred bred for the purposes of racing, including those who have not trialled or raced. Entry fees will be subsidised by RWWA’s Off the Track program with prices capped at $25 per rider per day, with no EWA membership or EWA horse registration requirements.

However, EWA are offering a $25 discounted membership for new members who participate in the Off the Track events.

The series will kick off at the State Equestrian Centre on 18 January 2020, with a dressage and jumping encouragement day. For more information on the events being held visit



Did you miss your chance of getting the Equestra t-shirt at the show?

Well, fret not as they are now 15% off. However, only limited sizes available.

Rosettes and stickers are also still available.

For pick-up only. Postage at buyer's expense.



EA has a good Hot Weather Policy that is applied to all EA Competitions, but it’s also a great tool for you to use when deciding how and when to work your horse in the heat.  The Wet Bulb Globe Temperature gives you an indication of the risk to your horse’s health and wellbeing by taking into account temperature and humidity.

As your horse’s physiology is better at creating heat than loosing heat, your horse will overheat faster than you will on any given day.

As a general rule, if you feel hot, your horse feels hotter.

Damage to muscles and tendons can occur with just a few degrees raised temperatures in the body, so sometimes it’s better to take time off on these very hot or humid days and miss a workout, than it is to work and potentially impact your horse’s welfare.

For example, today in the Swan Valley it will reach 39 degrees with a 37% humidity.  That gives us a WBGT rating of 37, which according to the EA Hot Weather policy is a very high risk.
The policy states that for a day such as today: “These environmental conditions are very high risk and are probably not compatible with safe competition.” And also, “Aggressive cooling measures are compulsory for all horses” which would include lots of iced water and fans, and possibly hosing horses with two cold hoses for 20-40 minutes.
The EA Hot Weather Policy for implementation at competitions and EA events, but it’s a useful tool for all riders and horse owners to keep as a reference to help you make good decisions on these hot days to prioritise the welfare of your horse.
We’ll be sharing some examples of what the WBGT rating will be for various days throughout the summer.  Download your copy of the EA Hot Weather Policy here.



Leanne is heavily involved with Dressage Western Australia. She is a dedicated committee member, who has taken on the role of Club Liaison Representative and Pony Dressage Rep.

Leanne is always keen to explore ways to encourage and grow dressage from the ground up, which is why she was instrumental in introducing the new Grass Roots Dressage Championships for Participant and Adult rider members in WA.

"Leanne is hands-on at every major Dressage event that DWA is part of and puts in countless hours helping in any area required," shares Tracy Spackman of DWA. Leanne joined the DWA committee in late 2017 to..

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by Emily Hepton

I’ve watched Emily Gray and Jocular Vision go around the 5* at Adelaide for the last few years and always cheered her on along with the rest of Western Australia. After returning home from Melbourne where I had been a working pupil at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre and previously groomed for Rebecca Thomas at FEI level, the opportunity came up to help Em with her 5 horses I was up for the challenge.

We have spent the last few months getting up before dawn to get horses worked in preparation for the Australian International 3-Day Event in Adelaide. November came and we all piled into the truck and drove across the Nullarbor. It was my first trip across in a truck with horses and my first time grooming at the AI3DE - not to mention for a 5* rider. We had Emily’s two top horses, Rio Tonto in the 3* and Jocular Vision in the 5*. We went into the stables on the Tuesday and prepared for the event to start on the Wednesday, the next 5 days were an absolute whirlwind. Between keeping the horses happy, cleaning gear, preparing them for each phase, 10 minute boxes and trot ups we had our work cut out!

On Saturday night word got back to the stables from the riders party that I had won An Equestrian Life’s Groom of the Event award chosen by the vets for presenting the neatest and cleanest horses! Being part of team Emily Gray Equestrian at the AI3DE was a great experience and receiving the award made it extra special.







Wed 15th Jan 2020 at Rose & Crown , Guildford 6:00 pm -6.30 pm. Anyone welcome. Enquiries contact Rosemary on 0414 457 910


Monday, 16 December, 329 Cathedral Avenue at 7pm

SRSJC Sponsors & Members welcome to attend. Please RSVP attendance by Friday, 13 December.

Members to vote on accepting SRSJC’s updated Articles of Incorporation, in line with Associations Act of 2015, and on the resolution to change SRSJC’s financial reporting year to years starting 1 January and ending 31 December.

Enquiries please email or contact Emma at 0418 756 208.




Congratulations to all our competitors who competed at the EA Australasian Show Horse and Rider Championships held in Werribee last weekend.

WA riders and horses came away with the following results:

  • Rosedale Country Fair owned by Rachel Langley ridden by Jenna Hall Champion Child's Large Show Galloway
  • Celestine Apollo owned by Lauren King and Chloe Moon ridden by Jane Gundry Champion Medium Show Pony
  • Harrington Park Melody owned by Emily Johnson ridden by Codie Lambert 3rd place Medium Show Pony
  • Broadwater Park Toy Soldier owned & ridden by Michelle Bowden Reserve Champion Large Show Hunter Galloway
  • Jane Napoli winner Fashions on the Field leading SN Arcadia owned by Sara Naylor.







The State Selectors determine the composition of all EWA Squads and the nomination of Individuals for team compositions. Selectors communicate as and when required. Essential qualifications, skills and knowledge is required for each sport discipline. Each year Selectors meet in December and June to determine squad selections and reviews.

  • Dressage
    2 Positions available January 2020 – 2022.
  • Eventing
    2 positions available from January 2020 – 2022.

All interested applications and CV’s are to be emailed through to no later than COB Monday 6th January 2020


“The EWA Coaching Committee would like to wish all EWA Coaches a safe and happy Christmas and New Year, and a successful 2020”



The EWA Coaching Committee will be holding two coaching update clinics at the State Equestrian Centre. The first will be on Thursday 30th January, 2020.

The Guest Presenter is Victorian 5* Event Rider Will Enzinger, an EA Level 3 Coach and Coach Educator and EA High Performance Panel member for HP development

This update is open to all current EA Coaches, Officials and Judges.  Will is also available to assess any Level 2 coaches who wish to complete coaching tasks.

Registration is essential.

Inquiries to EWA Coaching Committee member Rebecca Thomas
0438 372 529

Cost $100




With the end of 2019 fast approaching, you might be thinking about your riding goals for 2020. With ARCA affiliated clubs opening up their membership for next year, AGMs and joining days all happening, now is the perfect time to choose YOUR club for 2020. Join the 790 riders and 23 clubs affiliated with ARCA  - check out our website for a club near you! 

Featured Events

Avon Valley Adult Riding Club will be holding their Hunter Trials event again on March 29th 2020. Hunter Trials comprise a jumping course of both cross country and show jumps with some timed skills obstacles thrown in for good measure! Examples of skills obstacles could be a gate to open an close, a slip rail which the rider has to dismount, open and close, then remount (don't worry - we will provide a mounting block!), a bridge to cross etc. We will have various height classes on offer. Camping will be available. Like AVARC on Facebook for updates.

Upcoming Events

  • 22 March - Autumn ARCA Challenge hosted by Magenup ARG
  • 17 May - Winter ARCA Challenge hosted by Peel ARC
  • 18 October - Spring ARCA Challenge hosted by Brookleigh ARC

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

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