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Equestrian WA

March 26, 2020



The EWA Board meet on March 25th and has put in place a process to enable all Members, Clubs and Event organiser as much certainty as possible in regard to the holding of EA events in WA.

The EWA Chairperson and CEO will assess the current situation and advice received on the first day of each month, a decision will then be made as to the possible resumption of EA Events or the continued postponement of events for the following months Events. Currently all EA Events up to  April 24th are postponed or cancelled with exception of ODE’s that are postponed or cancelled until the end of May.

On  April 1st a decision will be made if all EA events will be postponed or cancelled until the end of May. If at any time during the postponement or cancellation period the situation changes we can review and restart all events. EWA is constantly monitoring the situation and it is our goal to have events held as quickly and safely possible.



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 Western Australia takes the safety and well-being of our members and community very seriously. As we continue to monitor the events surrounding the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), we also endeavour to provide members with regular updates about the conduct of equestrian pursuits during this unprecedented time.

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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.



EWA understands the possible financial impact the current COVID-19 pandemic will place on our Members, Clubs and EWA itself. While no events are currently being held the insurance that is included in the membership remains current and all levies from memberships has been paid to EA. At this time EWA is in regular discussion with the Department of Local Government , Sport and Cultural Industries regarding the impact of this rapidly changing scene and they are acutely aware of how this is impacting our sport.  Under the current circumstances EWA are unable to provide any refunds on membership fees already paid for 2020.

Off the Track WA x Equestrian WA clinics and events


In response to the Federal Government and health authorities’ advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) advises that its Off the Track WA clinics and events in partnership with Equestrian Western Australia, are postponed until further notice.

This decision has been made in alignment with the announcement by the Federal Government advising against organised non-essential gathering of persons of 500 people or greater, as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.

It is understood that Off the Track WA clinics and events may not attract a crowd of 500 people. However, the implementation of consistent risk mitigation is paramount to safeguarding the health and safety of our equestrian participants, and the wider community.

Participants who have signed up to the next scheduled clinic/competition on the 28th – 29th March in Busselton will be entitled to a refund from Nominate. Also please note that due to the high volume of event cancellation requests your refunds may be slightly delayed.

RWWA will continue to closely monitor and follow the advice of health authorities to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to limit potential exposure for participants, spectators and staff.

In regards to Off the Track WA sponsored events, RWWA recommends participants contact the individual clubs and associations in regards to the status of their respective events.




Good news the  2019 EA Test DVD’s are now available to purchase from the USA  

The DVDS will show test riding at each EA level  with comments and scores  from judges.

USA Training Levels equate EA levels as follows:

US Training Level EA Equivalent
Training Preliminary
Level 1 Novice
Level 2 Elementary
Level 3 Medium
Level 4 Advanced

Check out the website for more information




We regretfully advise that the 2020 Autumn Pageant Show is now cancelled due to the current uncertainty on the COVID-19 virus.

The 2020 Newcomer event is being postponed, date to be confirmed, based on official guidelines regarding sporting events.

Please note as a result of Show Horse events being cancelled; there will not be any attendance requirements to compete at the 2020 Newcomer event or 2020 EWA SHOTY event. However, competitors MUST ensure they hold all relevant and current licences for these events. The onus is on the competitor to ensure they have the correct licences.




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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Equestrian Western Australia's postal address is:
303 Cathedral Ave, BRIGADOON WA 6069
Tel: +61 8 9296 1200
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