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Equestrian WA

January 20, 2022

Dear Members,

Many of you are aware of the recent controversies enveloping Equestrian Australia with respect to the recent nominations process for electing directors. I think it is important that EWA members are  aware of the facts surrounding this and the EWA board’s actions and position on this matter (we represent the WA members, after all!)

The process

In essence, the EA constitution stipulates that an independent Nominations Committee must assess all nominees for elected board seats to determine if they are “suitable”. There are some guidelines as to how to make this determination referencing skills, integrity, diversity etc. A skills matrix is provided to that committee by the EA board (noting that the matrix has not changed since the last selection of board members). The EA board is bound by decisions of the Nomination Committee if they deem a nominee unsuitable.

What has happened

The nominations committee has determined that 5 of the six nominees for the vacant board positions to be ineligible to stand for election. One because he was not a financial member, and the other four were deemed “unsuitable”.

The Response

In my role as Chair and behalf of the board, during the Christmas break, I contacted Mark Bradley (EA chair) and Darren Gocher (EA CEO) by email seeking clarity and expressing concern on the process to arrive at the extraordinary outcome of 5 of 6 board nominees being deemed ineligible for election.  Particular concern was expressed with the exclusion of Lucy Galovicova as a sitting board member. After several exchanges, it was made clear that the EA board felt they had acted within the constitution and that rationale behind the decisions would be withheld on confidentiality and the individual’s privacy grounds.

In addition to this, a number of meetings were held with the other State and discipline chairs where it was obvious that all parties were dismayed with the decision. Subsequently, EA held a meeting with all the State and Discipline Chairs to discuss the matter. Once again, EA has defended the process and decision with the constitution and the rationale with confidentiality. EA has been challenged vigorously on a legal basis and procedural (a more considered decision could have been made within the constitution.)

Subsequently, a letter was sent from all the Chairs (except Vaulting) to the EA Board requesting that they remove the election of Directors from the AGM agenda to review and reconsider the Nominations process. EA did not accept this advice.

The EWA board is united with all the other states and disciplines in opposition to the decision.

The State Branches and National Discipline Committees are continuing to talk to have direct involvement in the structural review of EA, its role, responsibilities and operation

Kind Regards,
Geoff Edwards
Chair Equestrian WA


If you received a perpetual trophy at our 2020 Awards Night, we would appreciate it if you could return them to the office as soon as possible.


We have sold over 70% of our tickets for Awards Night. Get them now before they close at 11:59 pm, 30th January or before they sell out!

We would like to sincerely thank our generous sponsors and supporters for the 2021 Equestrian Western Australia Awards Night!  We are grateful for your generous support and contribution!

It is not too late to be a part of our fantastic lineup of sponsors. Please contact if you are interested and would like to celebrate the achievements of our homegrown equestrian riders.

Please note:
The General Purpose field is CLOSED due to some grass renovation. Apologies, but this means surrounding arenas may also be closed as it is a safety concern with them using heavy machinery. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Keep an eye on the website and social media for updates.

Just a REMINDER that anyone attending the State Equestrian Centre will be required to sign in via the SafeWA app upon arrival from Saturday, 5 December 2020.

If you don’t have a mobile phone, a manual form will be available.

Need your helmet tagged, horse measured or microchipped? Be sure to come down to the State Equestrian Centre on Saturday 29th January.

  • Helmet tagging and measuring will both commence at 9 am!
  • Measuring costs are $15 per Annual or Limited certificate and $75 for Life certificate - if eligibility criteria are met. Please bring the correct money if possible.
  • There will be time slots for microchipping. Bookings are available via Nominate here
  • For more enquiries, call Nick Campbell at 9296 1200 or email

Off the Track WA and Equestrian WA wish to regretfully advise that due to the high temperatures forecasted for the weekend, we are cancelling the Off the Track WA clinic at Murray Regional Equestrian Centre.

Horse and rider safety is our primary concern, and in line with the EA Hot Weather policy, we believe this is in the best interests of both participants and the horses.

All registered riders have been contacted directly by EWA to confirm the cancellation.

We look forward to the next clinic scheduled for 5 and 6 February at the State Equestrian Centre. Registrations for this clinic, available through close on 1 February.

The first Metro OTTWA two day clinic for 2022!

February – OTTWA Metro clinic registrations – now live!

Off the Track WA and Equestrian WA are pleased to bring you a multi-disciplinary OTTWA Clinic. To be held on Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6 at the State Equestrian Centre. This clinic will feature groundwork, flatwork, poles, rails, jumping and introductory lessons to cross country for the Eventing enthusiasts!

The OTTWA clinics offer an exclusive opportunity for owners of off the track standardbreds and thoroughbreds in WA to take advantage of our experienced EA accredited coaches:

  • Groundwork / Flatwork Green – Shaun Dillon
  • Flatwork Intermediate / Advanced – Bec Thomas
  • Poles and up to 45cm / 45cm to 60cm / 60cm+ – Wendy Barker
  • Cross Country Environment / Cross Country 60cm+ – David Carey

Nominate entries are now open. Be sure to book your place NOW as these popular clinics fill up quickly. Registrations close at midnight on Tuesday, 1 February 2022.

For more information and to enter click here.

The Start Line – Sport Australia’s new Director Education Course - ENROL NOW

Sport Australia recently launched their inaugural online Director Education Course ‘The Start Line’ aimed at sporting Directors from the grassroots level, right up to National Sport Boards. It is designed to both upskill current sport Directors and prepare new Directors for the requirements of being an important member of a Board. The course provides valuable insights and practical examples from governance experts and current sporting Directors.

To access the course, click on this LINK to take you through to the Sport Australia Sport Governance Education and Training webpage.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and Sport Australia welcomes you to share the course link within your organisations (Associations and Clubs), across your networks as appropriate.

The course also supports the ongoing governance and leadership education and training opportunities provided by DLGSC.

It is critical to stay at the forefront of knowledge and being open to continuous learning and development to support the sporting community in Western Australia.

If you do require any assistance accessing the course or have any questions, please contact Sport Australia directly through the Sport Governance and Organisational Enhancement team via


Equestrian Australia is pleased to announce the publication of a new set of EA National Para-Dressage Tests, ranging from grassroots to advanced level.

Each of the five Para-equestrian categories has four progressive levels, similar to open dressage competitions, that increase in difficulty as the rider moves towards FEI level.

This development pathway will allow athletes to continue to strengthen their capabilities as they proceed towards FEI competition. The EA High Performance Program has developed the new suite of tests with a view to nurture and grow the pool of Australian Para-equestrian talent available for World Championship and Paralympic Games selection in the future.

Read more here

The 2022 Saddles Plus Interschool Equestrian State Championships' will be held from Thursday 21 April 2022 to Saturday 23 April 2022.  This is the second week of the school holidays. Please note that the 2022 Qualifying document, Interschool Card 2021-2022, and 2022 Exemption Application are now available on the Interschool WA website.

Please ensure your 2022 Membership and any new horse registrations as soon as possible to avoid a last-minute rush. Also, check that your qualification for the Interschools are accurate and are up to date. The Event Schedule will be released in early February, and entries for the Interschool Championships will likely close mid-March 2022.


Please note that the Interschool Eventing Competition will be held with WAYER on 1-3 April 2022. Competitors will need to submit their qualification requirements as part of their entry in accordance with the Qualification document.

Entries will close approximately 10-14 days before the competition.

So get your horses out of the paddock and run a brush over them as soon as you can.

Have you always wanted to sponsor something at Interschools but been too afraid to ask?

Now is a good time. We can tailor sponsorship to suit you. Cash and prizes are particularly well regarded.

We are friendly, we are helpful, email or call us on 9296 1200.


As EA roll out mandatory Helmet Tagging for Jumping from 1 January, 2022, due to a number of factors, including many show cancellations in late 2021, the EA Jumping Committee has agreed that there should be some leniency shown during January and February 2022, if athletes present without an appropriately tagged helmet.

We are hoping that all events will have helmet taggers available on the day, but due to the many varied locations of events, holidays and Covid, there may be instances where athletes cannot immediately have their helmet tagged.

Read the full article


Following on from the 2022 change in the calculation of Penalties on FEI Dressage score sheets, including FEI Young Horse (Art 430-6.2), the Equestrian Australia Dressage Committee (EADC) is adopting the change for all EA level test sheets.

“Penalties" are now “Technical Faults’ and changed to an 0.5% non-cumulative deduction (previously 2 penalty points).

Implementation is from 1/1/2022.

The EADC believe this is much fairer for a mistake that does not impact on the actual judging of performance.

Revised test sheets showing the change are now available on the EA website.

Read full article

Join Dressage WA to celebrate 2022 and award the following:

  • 2021 Leaderboard Champions
  • 2021 WA State Dressage Championship Awards
  • 2021 WA Performance Medals
  • 2021 National Performance Medals

As per the recent government mandate, the venue requires all guests of 16 years and above to present proof of double vaccination as a condition of entry.

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
Fax: +61 8 9296 1194

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