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Equestrian WA

May 19, 2022

Meet new Equestrian WA CEO Zac Acott

This is my first week at Equestrian WA, so I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself, and outline my ambitions as I start work as our organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.

The most important thing I want to tell you is that I am absolutely delighted to be joining Equestrian WA. It’s an honour and a privilege to be asked to lead such an important organisation.

With an extensive career background in sports management including positions with the Fremantle Dockers, Subiaco Football Club and Swimming WA, I can’t wait to utilise my experience in a new sporting discipline and make a significant difference for the benefit of our members, board, staff and stakeholders.     

I will be taking some time to get to know the organisation better, to understand the challenges and opportunities we face. 

I want to acknowledge the work of Dwight Pedlow and the positive impact he had on Equestrian WA during his time as Chief Executive Officer. He has steered the organisation through some challenging times, including the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to also express my appreciation to him for ensuring a smooth transition and handover.

Also joining Equestrian WA this week is Adrian Pesa in the position of Communications and Sport Development Officer. Adrian comes to Equestrian WA with extensive experience in marketing, communications and public relations in the not-for-profit sector.

One of our key priorities is to build our organisation’s brand exposure and awareness across a number of different channels and stakeholders, and highlight the amazing stories behind our members, committees and staff. Adrian’s role will have a significant focus on this and you will no doubt come across him in the future.

Over the coming weeks I will be starting to get out and about and meeting the people who make our incredible organisation what it is. I am really looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

I am incredibly excited for our organisation and its future and look forward to the journey we are about to share.

Finally, to our valued partners, I thank you for your ongoing support of Equestrian WA and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Zac Acott

Pictured: EWA's new Communications and Sport Development Officer Adrian Pesa and new Chief Executive Officer Zac Acott at the State Equestrian Centre. 

Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships 2022

Applications for the Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships 2022 are now open. 

Please complete the application form by the Friday 27 May 2022 and email it to:

2022 Selection Criteria for State Interschool Team

2022 Application Form for Australian Interschool Championships


Results for WA Interschool Championships now available

The results for the Saddles Plus 2022 Interschool Equestrian State Championships held last month are now available:

2022 Interschool Provisional Overall Award Winners

How the results are determined

For the full list of results from all catergories please visit the Equestrian WA website.


Australian Teams Announced for 2022 Oceania Championships

Equestrian Australia (EA) is pleased to announce the selected combinations for the 2022 Oceania Championships, to be held in Victoria at the Melbourne International 3 Day Event from 9th – 13th June, 2022.

Australia will field three teams: two Senior teams and one Young Rider team.

The Oceania Championships are an important component of the EA High Performance Program, giving athletes the opportunity to gain Championship-level experience in the Southern Hemisphere as part of a representative team.

Congratulations to the selected combinations and their connections.

Oceania Championships Senior Teams

• Emma Mason & Warrego Marco Polo, owned by Marco Polo Syndicate
• Jessica Rae & Fifth Avenue, owned by Jessica Rae
• Lauren Browne & Skys da Limit, owned by Lauren Browne
• Megan Jones & RLE Barina, owned by Megan Jones
• Samuel Jeffree & Woodmount Lolita, owned by Fiona Mitchell
• Sam Lyle & BF Valour, owned by Charlotte Mavris
• Shenae Lowings & Bold Venture, owned by Shenae Lowings
• Shane Rose & Easy Turn, owned by Angela Shacklady and Shane & Niki Rose

Reserve combinations

• Andrew Cooper & Hey Arnold, owned by Madeline & Darren Wilson
• Annabel Cargill & Quaprice, owned by Annabel Cargill & Hamish Cargill, Alison Lalak and Paul Cargill
• Matthew Gaske & Bellhaven Cumbria, owned by Jason Johnstone
• Sarah Clark & LV Balou Jeanz, owned by Sarah Clark

Oceania Championships Young Rider Team

• Edward Darby & Dawn of the Day, owned by Julia Gibson
• Georgia Tivendale & Star Allure, owned by Georgia Tivendale
• Oliver Barrett & Sandhills Special, owned by Prue Barrett
• Riley Lyall & GI War Machine, owned by Riley Lyall

Reserve combinations
• Amilia Schooley & Grande Exito, owned by Amilia Schooley
• Ella Smith & Jaybee Altimate, owned by Ella Smith

Event information can be found on the Zeep. Melbourne International 3 Day Event website here.

An online copy of this media release can also be found on the Equestrian Australia website.



Grounds Person - Permanent Full-Time

As Grounds Person, you will play a crucial role in the day-to-day maintenance and operation of the 66-hectare State Equestrian Centre. 

Reporting directly to the Facilities & Bookings Coordinator, you will ensure that the facility is presented to a high standard for events and other bookings.

You will find your day diversified as you are tasked with a range of duties including but not limited to arena preparation, completing maintenance requests, gardening, mowing, waste management and more.

This role is a permanent full time (FTE1.0) position with weekend work required on a rotational roster.

For more information and to apply please visit the Equestrian WA website.



You MUST have a booking to be on any arena or space at the SEC. If you do not have a booking do not enter the arena! Each arena has it's own booking slot, you can not book the Indoor arena and then go for a walk on another arena. 

All arenas require a booking! You can book here.


Potential SEC ban for our furry friends! 

Dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times while at the SEC! This is a safety issue. Due to the lack of respect for the rules by numerous people, we are very close to banning our cuddly little friends at the SEC.


Registrations Now Open!

OTTWA and EWA are heading back to the Mid West! Returning after a successful 2021 clinic, we look forward to bringing experienced coaches, Dianne Colley, Rebecca Thomas, and Kellie-Ann Crowe for a great weekend of learning. The clinic offers groundwork, flatwork, poles, and jumping lessons in a relaxed and welcoming environment. To be held on Saturday, June 4 at Geraldton Combined Equestrian Centre.

Quick Facts:
Registration fee is $30 (up to two horses, two lessons per horse)
EA insurance is not required.
Active and newly retired racehorses welcome
All horses must have their OTTWA Passport (free to apply for).

No competition or clinic experience necessary!

On the following day, 5 June, EWA will be offering similar clinic opportunities to the riders and handlers of all breeds of horses.

Further information can be found by following the registrations link below.

Registrations close midnight on Saturday, 25 May 2022


Registrations Now Open! OPEN TO ALL HORSES & BREEDS!
EWA are heading back to the Mid West! Returning after a successful 2021 clinic, we look forward to bringing experienced coaches, Dianne Colley, Rebecca Thomas, and Kellie-Ann Crowe for a great weekend of learning. The clinic offers groundwork, flatwork, poles, and jumping lessons in a relaxed and welcoming environment. To be held on Sunday June 5th at Geraldton Combined Equestrian Centre.

Quick Facts:
Registration fee is $30 (up to two horses, two lessons per horse)
Riders are not required to be EWA members but recommended to hold at least recreational membership for personal accident insurance. Clinic participants who are new or lapsed EWA members are eligible for a $30 discount on membership.

No competition or clinic experience necessary!
On June 4th, OTTWA will be offering similar clinic opportunities to Active and newly retired racehorses. All horses must have their OTTWA Passport (free to apply for).

Further information can be found by following the registrations link below.

Registrations close midnight on Saturday, 25 May 2022


Our sincere appreciation to the Albany community for embracing last weekend's OTTWA clinic. Thank you very much to the participants and everyone else involved and for the community's support of the program. Not even the gloomy Great Southern Weather could stop the enthusiasm!

Australian Team Announced for CSIO5* Vancouver

Equestrian Australia is pleased to announce the team for the CSIO5* Nations Cup competition to be held in Vancouver, Canada, at Thunderbird Show Park from 31st May – 5th June 2022.

Four combinations will represent Australia in the competition, including two partnerships that were part of the Nations Cup Team that placed 6th in Wellington, Florida, earlier this year.

Todd Hinde, EA High Performance Jumping Manager, said that the opportunity to field a team at the CSIO5* in Canada will allow riders to gain additional team experience as the FEI World Championships approach.

“This will be the first time in recent years that Australia has participated in a CSIO5* in Canada, and we are pleased to give our athletes this opportunity as they look ahead to future Championships.

It will also provide the riders with exposure to an immersive team atmosphere which can only be experienced at a Nations Cup event.”

Congratulations to the combinations selected.
CSIO5* Nations Cup Team
• Katie Laurie riding Django II, groom Brooke Greening
• James Arkins riding Eurostar I, groom yet to be confirmed
• Matt Williams riding Dandy, groom Lilly Trevorrow
• Rowan Willis riding Billy Guilder, groom Kim Porter

Further information about the competition can be found on the event website at

OTTWA Event Sponsorship | Applications Now Open

Did you know events of all disciplines are eligible to apply for OTTWA sponsorship? OTTWA offered sponsorship to more than 100 events across 18 disciplines held in the February and July 2022 period.

OTTWA event sponsorship is designed to both encourage horse and rider combinations at beginning of their competitive careers and recognise those who are competing at the top levels.
Sponsored events are supported in awarding placings and hosting classes which highlight the abilities of retired racehorses. 

Are you involved in an event that could benefit from OTTWA sponsorship? Follow the link below to learn more.

Applications close Wednesday 1 June, 2022.

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Please be advised of the following that are now available on the EA website:

• EOI’s are now open to host Major Australian Dressage Championships information & application form can be located on the EA website - HERE

Masters Of Dressage

Masters of Dressage Masterclass.
Tickets for night two (Medium - Advanced) are selling fast!!
Tickets for regionals members to access the livestream are also available - postcode mandatory.
We hope to see you there, the bar will be open!



High Performance / Next Gen Clinic

Phil Lever and Frida Lindgren are coming to WA to do a High Performance (Phil) and Next Gen (Frida) clinic on 27-29 May in the Swan Valley.  We are very excited to have them over.  Spectators are welcome and we will put more details on the Jumping WA Facebook page closer to the date.

Jumping Committee



A reminder to everyone that at all EA Affiliated Jumping events Helmet Tagging is now mandatory. There was a period of leniency in January and February and this period has now more

Come and join us on the 4th & 5th June 2022 at this year’s Busselton Winter Jumping Festival. Event to be held at the Busselton Horse and Pony Club Grounds, 310 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Busselton.
Classes starting from 45cm up to 135cm. Starting time of 7:30am.
Entries will be available on once we get them set up.
As always, looking forward to seeing everyone and having a great weekend of jumping.


Pop up Show - Sunday May 22nd
Run by Jump WA Promotions Events
- One Arena
- 90cm - 1.35m classes
- Kevin Tully Course Builder
- Entries will be via Global Entries Online - Brookleigh Outdoor Arena

Sponsorship packages from $250


  • Winter Gala: Sunday 12 June - Program available on Cavalletti. Entries via Nominate.
  • HOY: Friday 9 September - Sunday 11 September
  • WAAHA: Saturday 8 October
  • Albany Horsemans: Sunday 9 October
  • Perth Horse & Pony Club: Sunday 16 October


  • WINTER GALA: Sunday 12 June = Program available on Cavalletti - Entries via Nominate.


The Show Horse 2022 Handbook has now been updated and is now on the EWA website. Please read it carefully as some things have changed.   Our three shows this year are:

  • Winter Gala on Sunday 12 June 2022
  • Horse and Rider of the Year on Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2022



Following on from the popularity of these two initiatives last year, the Show Horse Committee will again be conducting the Triple Cash Bonanza and Spot Prizes at its shows in 2022.

The Triple Cash Bonanza is a random draw for a prize pool of $1,000 for all eligible EWA members. To be eligible for the Triple Cash Bonanza you must attend and compete at the Autumn Pageant, the Winter Gala and Horse and Rider of the Year. Please note that competing in a Newcomer event does not qualify as not everyone has a Newcomer.

You are eligible if you own any horse or pony which has competed at all three shows. It does not have to be the same horse or pony.  You are eligible if you ride and compete at all three shows even if you do not ride your own horse or pony.  Your name will go into the random draw at the Show Horse Awards function to be held provisionally in November and you could win the top prize of $500, or one of four prizes of $125.  Come along and support all our shows to be in with a chance for this great prize draw.

The random draw for Spot Prizes at the three shows last year was also a popular concept. One of our Committee members prepares these and they are drawn on the day of the show.  Listen to the public announcements and you could be the lucky winner.


CONGRATULATIONS to the following riders who have been named on the 2022 Show Horse High Performance Squad (In alphabetical order.)

HAYLEY BISHOP           
JANELLE KARMELICH                             

WAYER is the first event in the WA Farm Shop FEI Eventing Grand Slam for 2022. Horse and rider combinations in all * classes are eligible to earn points in this exciting Leaderboard designed to link the five FEI events held in Western Australia.

The Grand Slam has been designed to help raise the profile of FEI events for the benefit of riders and sponsors alike, to encourage WA’s national, international, and Olympic hopefuls with the kind of atmosphere they can expect at top level competition, and to help the five Organising Committees with additional funding needed to run an FEI event.

Results will be tallied after WAYER and the next competition will be Dryandra, followed by Wooroloo (Perth Horse Trials), Fairbridge (Southern Hills Eventing) and the final placings will be decided at Capel (Swan River Horse Trials).

WA Farm Shop is proud to be associated with the Eventing Grand Slam for the second year in a row and wishes all riders a safe, successful and healthy 2022.




Saturday 28 May

7am - 10am

SEC SHC Classic

Sunday 29 May

7am - 10am

SEC SHC Classic


22 May - Bakers Hill ARC - ShowJump Training Day

4/5 June - Gidgegannup EA - Working Equitation Click Here

18 June - Magenup ARG - Dressage & Show Jumping Series Event 2 Click Here

28 August - Wanneroo AEC - Dressage event - More Info soon.

17 September - Eastern Wheatbelt RC - Crystals in Kellerberrin Click Here



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

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