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Equestrian WA

March 12, 2020

Equestrian WA with funding provided by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) has appointed RSM to conduct a review for the Business Model for the State Equestrian Centre (SEC). The review will provide information for DLGSC that will assist in establishing possible future funding models for the SEC.

The SEC review will include the collection of information by a survey of SEC patrons and various stakeholder engagement; therefore, we require your assistance in completing this survey to help secure the future of the SEC.



EWA requires your help to plan the direction of EWA and our Sports for the next four years, and we are asking for your input as we develop the 2020/2023 EWA strategic plan. To ensure that EWA can best provide what our Members and Clubs require over the next four years, we would like to know what you think the sports priorities should be.

EWA members and Clubs are invited to help establish the strategic direction of EWA, and we hope that as many Members and Clubs will take part as possible to enable as broad an input as possible, the following program has been developed;

  • 17th March - EWA Board and CEO workshop
  • 20th March - Membership survey to be emailed to all members
  • 27th March, 6.30 pm -  Busselton, Regional membership forum
  • 31st March, 6.30 pm -  SEC, Metro membership forum
  • Geraldton and Albany membership forums TBA
  • Sport Committee Workshop TBA
  • External stakeholder engagement

Additional information and details for the forums will be promoted to the membership.

EWA is looking forward to your involvement to develop Equestrian sport into the future.



We were advised late last evening that a foreign IP address tried to access the MyEA portal by entering random seven-digit numbers in the "Forgot My Password" page. This generated many emails to members corresponding to those membership numbers.

This attempted breach was not successful, and no personal data was accessed.

The originating IP address has since been blocked, and an extra layer of security is being added to avoid these types of attempts in future.

We apologise for this inconvenience.



Due to current worldwide concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak, EA is currently monitoring World Health Organisation (WHO), FEI and AIS communications and updates daily.

We acknowledge the potential spread of this virus and we are in consultation with our Medical Consultative Group regarding the need for any event changes or disruptions and we intend on keeping you updated, providing advice as needed.

Click here to read full article.



Applications for Round two of the 2019/20 Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme (ATSS) is now open until Friday 10 April 2020. Athletes can apply online.

The Scheme assists talented regional athletes with out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs associated with competing at regional, state and national championships/events that fall within the performance pathway controlled by the recognised State Sporting Association (SSA) or National Sporting Association (NSO). Eligible event dates for Round two are between 15 November 2019 to 15 June 2020. Other eligibility and conditions are on the ATSS website.



Sarah Moore started this week as Events Coordinator and has hit the ground running with the upcoming Saddles Plus Interschools Championship and the Off The Track/EWA events underway with Lindsay Baxter's support in the lead up to the Interschools. Sarah has more than 16 years’ marketing and event management experience having been part of teams that have delivered large-scale events such as the Cale Street Festival, HyperFest and Motorvation. More recently, as the Project Marketing Manager for Vicinity Centres, she has led some of Perth’s largest shopping centre launch events including the opening of DFO Perth. Sarah comes from a well-known Show Horse family and has a lifelong association with the discipline. She is also an NCAS Preliminary Pony Club coach, previously coaching at Wallangarra and Gidgegannup Pony Clubs for more than 25 years (these days you will find her at the end of lead-rope as her 5-year-old daughter commences her saddle career!) Sarah is thrilled to be joining the EWA team and is very much looking forward to working on some amazing events.

While we welcome Sarah to the team, we are also bidding farewell to Sharon Welsh, our High Performance and Athlete Development Officer. Sharon will be leaving the office to pursue a career in mining. Sharon has been a valued member of the EWA team for eight years, and we wish her well for the future. In the meantime, Anna Latto will be working in the role until a replacement appointed.



Did you know that horses can have asthma too?

An honours student at The University of Adelaide is currently working to determine how common equine asthma is in Australian horses and to identify the factors that increase the risk of developing this disease.

Equine asthma ranges in severity but commonly results in poor performance, chronic intermittent coughing and/or nasal discharge.

"You are invited to participate in a short 10-15 minute survey. It is hoped we engage with the greater Australian horse-owning population, to ultimately obtain information that represents the majority of horses in Australia. This survey will help to provide critical information to help improve the health and welfare of horses in Australia. Through the identification of common risk factors we anticipate that guidelines will be developed to help reduce the impact of this important disease."

Participants have the option to remain anonymous, answers will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and all data and results will be deidentified. Participants will also have the option of being entered into a prize draw, sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research and Barastoc Horse Feeds.

To participate in the survey, click here

Regional Encouragement Dressage & Show Jumping Competition - 29 March

Participate in an encouragement competition in dressage and jumping.

Regional Off the Track WA Education Clinic - 28 March

What’s offered: Join Off the Track WA for an Education day offering flatwork, showjumping, groundwork lessons as well as an off-horse lecture with EA Accredited Coaches.

Information regarding lessons

Ground work - EA Coach Gail Simms

Groundwork is all about improving the horse's focus on and response to their handler.

You will learn how to move specific body parts on cue and teach your horse to focus on respond to your body language, these classes are great for socialising green horses.

Preferred equipment - Bridle the horse is usually ridden in (ideally snaffle) otherwise in a halter and have a decent length of rope.

Flatwork - EA Coach Wendy Cumming

The purpose of flatwork is to assist the horse to become calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with its rider. Flatwork covers a multitude of exercises from circles, turns, transitions from pace to pace for example from walk to canter and transitions within a pace such as working trot to medium trot.

Lesson classification:

  • Green – can walk and trot, canter is optional
  • Intermediate – can walk, trot and canter safely
  • Advanced – confident to walk, trot and canter in a consistent frame. Started training in lateral movements

Show Jumping - EA Coach Rebecca Thomas

Jumping lessons offer horse/rider combinations the opportunity to learn to navigate obstacles in a safe, confident manner. Lessons involve grid work, single fences and poles on the ground.

Lesson classification:

  • Poles
  • Up to 60cm
  • 60cm to 80cm
  • 80cm and over

Regional Encouragement Dressage and Show Jumping Competition - 1st March





In 2020 the Show Horse Leaderboard Series will be held once again.

Events which count towards the Leaderboard are:

  • Albany Horsemans – 18 March
  • Busselton – 21 March
  • Gosnells – 29 March
  • Autumn Pageant -  3 May
  • Riverside – 24 May
  • Winter Gala – 14 June
  • South West Show Horse – 21 June
  • Horse of the Year – 11-13 September

Other events will be advertised on Facebook and newsletter when details are known.

Awards will be given for:

  • Open Show Pony 14 h & under
  • Open Show Hunter Pony 14 h & under
  • Open Show Galloway 14 – 15 h
  • Open Show Hunter Galloway 14 – 15 h
  • Open Show Hack o 15 h
  • Open Show Hunter o 15 h
  • Child’s Show Pony 14 h & under
  • Childs’ Show Hunter Pony 14 h & under
  • Child’s Show Galloway 14 – 15 h
  • Child’s Show Hunter Galloway 14 – 15 h
  • Child’s Show Hack o 15 h
  • Child’s Show Hunter o 15 h
  • Rider 17 yrs & under
  • Rider 18 yrs & over
  • Lead Rein Pony (combined Show & Hunter)

Points will be awarded as follows:

  • Autumn Pageant – Champion 6 points, Reserve/1st Runner Up 4 points
  • Winter Gala – Champion 6 points, Reserve/1st Runner Up 4 points
  • Horse of the Year – Champion 8 points, Reserve/1st Runner Up 6 points
  • Club Leaderboard Series – Champion 4 points, Reserve 2 points

1st and 2nd places from Child’s Classes at the above events in their respective classes will count towards leaderboard points as no champions/reserve champions will be awarded and will receive the same number of points.  Child’s classes from Horse of the Year will be awarded points for Champion and Reserve as listed above.

In the event of a tie highest result from HOY will count.  If tie not broken supreme from Autumn Pageant then Winter Gala to count.  It tie still not broken equal award will be given.

In the event of a tie in Lead Rein highest result from HOY will count.  If tie not broken Champion Lead Rein at Autumn Pageant then Winter Gala to count.  If tie still not broken equal award will be given.

Awards will be presented at the EWA Awards Night.



  • SHCWA Classic 2020 - 30 May 2020
  • Winter Gala & Intermediate HOTY - 14 June 2020
  • SHCWA Western Stars & The Rug Rack Debutante - 4 July 2020
  • EWA HOTY - 11 - 13 September 2020
  • SHCWA Horse of The Year 2020 - 24 October 2020





As you may have seen over the past week, several high profile sporting and recreational events have been cancelled due to the potential spread of coronavirus. We are continuing to monitor this situation daily; however, at this stage, we want to advise members that planning for the 2020 Saddles Plus Interschool Equestrian Festival is progressing as normal.

We do acknowledge the risks associated with this virus and are in consultation with the EA’s Medical Consultative Group regarding the need for any event changes or disruptions. Should we receive advice to cancel this year’s Interschool Festival, a full refund will be provided to all entrants.

We are committed to keeping you updated on this situation and its relevance to the 2020 Saddles Plus Interschool Festival. In the meantime, we encourage all competitors to continue with their Interschools preparation, including submitting entries before 9 pm on 23 March 2020, and we look forward to a successful event this year.




Individual Silver Medalist & former Australian Team Coach Albert Voorn (NED) will be conducting a 3 day clinic indoors this weekend at Yalambi Farm, located in Wilyabrup, March 13-15.

The 6 group lessons start daily from 8am through to 5pm with a lunch break between 12:15 - 1pm.

Spectators are welcome to sit comfortably ringside at a cost of $20 per day with kids under 12 free. Albert uses a microphone so everyone will be able to hear, and there is also a canteen available for all 3 days.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to watch and study one of the worlds leading riders & trainers right here in WA’s Southwest.

For any further info please contact Rory Hovell on 0409004328 or email


  • 14-15 March: WA Showjumping Association Training Day & Show
  • 22 March: Gidgegannup H&PC Showjumping, Cross Country & Dressage Training Day
  • 22 March: Taminga Jump Club Training Day/Young Horse classes
  • 28 March: Southside Jump Club Training Day, Riverside Grounds
  • 10-12 April: Yalambi Jumping Classic
  • 25-26 April: WA Showjumping Association Training Day & Show
  • 2 May: Southside Jump Club Gold Championship, Serpentine Grounds
  • 3 May: SRSJC Jump Club
  • 24 May: Taminga Jump Club May Show
  • 6 June: SRSJC Jump Club
  • 20-21 June: Horseland Young Horse Championship
  • 5 July: SRSJC Jump Club
  • 18 July: Taminga Jump Club July Show
  • 25-26 July: Winter Jumping Festival
  • 02 August: Taminga Jump Club August Show
  • 08 & 09 August: WASJA Winter Champs
  • 22 August: SRSJC Jump Club
  • 29-30 August: SRSJC Annual Championships
  • 06 September: Taminga Jump Club September Show
  • 25 October: Taminga Jump Club Championship Show
  • 08 November: Southside Jump Club Diamond Championship, Riverside Grounds.






Please note that the Coaching Update Workshop on Monday 16th March has been cancelled due to low numbers. Registered participants will receive a refund for their fees—apologies for the late notice and inconvenience.












Entries for Wanneroo AECI's Encouragement SJ & Dressage Matchy Matchy event are NOW OPEN! This is an 18+ encouragement show. Enjoy a day full of laughs and encouragement, whilst bringing out your best matchy matchy gear to show off!


Entries are steadily coming in for the upcoming Autumn ARCA Challenge! With just a week until entries close, it would be great to see more clubs represented. Entries have been received from the following clubs;

  • Avon Valley ARC
  • Bakers Hill ARC
  • Baldivis ARC
  • Brookleigh ARC
  • Eastern Wheatbelt RC
  • Gidgegannup EA
  • Gnangara ARC
  • Horsemens ARC
  • Kelmscott ARC
  • Magenup ARG
  • Orange Grove ARC
  • Peel ARC
  • Wallangarra ARC
  • Wanneroo AECI
  • Zamia ARC

Some of these clubs only have one lonesome rider! Let's get behind our club mates and get out of our comfort zones. Jumping might not be your thing, but everyone can walk over a pole!

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