Member Update

High Performance, Health & Safety & more.


Supporting The Change Makers during National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering and will be held on 15 – 21 May 2023 and this year, the theme is The Change Makers.

We want to recognise and celebrate our amazing volunteers and invite you to nominate a Change Maker in Equestrian.

We are Hiring: Communications Specialist

Equestrian Australia (EA) is seeking a talented and passionate Communications Specialist to join our dynamic team.  If you are proactive, creative, and collaborative individual, committed to driving meaningful change through digital communications this could be the opportunity for you!  

Apply by 5 May 2023

We are Hiring: Finance Manager

The Finance Manager is responsible for playing a lead role in the financial and strategic management of Equestrian Australia (EA) to enable the long-term sustainability of operations.

Responsibilities include: 

  1. Financial & Management Reporting
  2. Budgeting, Forecasting & Cash Flow Management
  3. Compliance &Taxation
  4. Systems & Processes
  5. Strategy Support

Apply by 5 May 2023

Vale Art Uytendaal

Equestrian Australia was saddened to hear the news of Australian Equestrian, Art Uytendaal passing away recently, aged 92.

In the 1960’s Art Uytendaal was Australia’s only full-time professional showjumper. Affectionately referred to as ‘The Flying Dutchman’, Uytendaal was born in Holland in 1931 and immigrated to Australia in January 1956. 



Health & Safety

Athlete and Horse Welfare

Latest updates to support health and safety of the equestrian community.

Member Child Safeguarding Resources

Every child should feel safe while playing sport.

Equestrian Australia is part of Sport Australia’s National Integrity Framework. We’ve pulled together all the resources explain your rights and what to do if you feel unsafe with age specific resources. 

Reminder Horse Temperatures

FEI Vet Regulations for FEI events require you to take the horse’s temperature in the 3 days prior to an FEI event and during.

All information in relation to the Horse Health Requirements is available on the dedicated Horse Health Requirements hub on the FEI website and you can read our checklist here. 



Adelaide Equestrian Festival

Adelaide, Australia – The Adelaide Equestrian Festival is elated to announce the results of the 3-day Adelaide Equestrian Festival competition, held in front of a record crowd celebrates Olympian Shane Rose winning the Adelaide International 5-star competition, Shenae Lowings taking out the RM Williams 4-star competition, and Oliver Barrett winning the Racing SA 3 Star competition.

Countdown: 500 days to Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

The road to the Para Dressage arena of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games is now just 500 days long.

The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, which will run from 28 August to 8 September, will see the Para Dressage competition take place at the iconic Château de Versailles from 3 to 7 September, with 78 athlete and horse combinations from around the world eligible to compete for 33 medals awarded across the Team, Individual and Freestyle Events.

Success again for Boyd Exell

Congratulations to Boyd Exell and his phenomenal team of horses on their winning performance at Narodni Hrebcin (CZE), marking the start of their outdoor FEI Driving Season

Boyd also competed a brand new team of four who finished in 7th.

Expressions of Interest Open for FEI Endurance World Championships – Young Riders and Juniors

Equestrian Australia is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for athletes wishing to be considered for Australian Team Selection for the FEI Endurance World Championships for Young Riders and Juniors to be held 02 September 2023 in Castelsagrat, France.



Coaching Accreditation

Congratulations to the following coaches who have completed their accreditation during January, February or March this year.

·      Alexandra Makin, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Amanda Kennett, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Ashley Harrison, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Catrina Cruickshank, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Charne Greyling, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Coco Dulhunty, NSW, General Level 1

·      Erin Ryan, NSW, Introductory Vaulting Coach

·      Grainne Attwell, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Ira Davies, NSW, Dressage Level 1

·      Lesley Fitton, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Marina Douglas, NSW, Dressage, Level 1

·      Michelle Siroky, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Myfanwy Clark, NSW, General Level 1

·      Natalie Catrina Grimson, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Rebecca Higgins, NSW, Introductory Vaulting Coach

·      Rebecca Dillon, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Sarah Farraway, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Saskia Kennett, NSW, Introductory Coach

·      Donna Connell, QLD, Introductory Coach

·      Donna Connell, QLD, Show Horse Level 1

·      Jenna Arnett, QLD, General Level 1

·      Julie Paddison, QLD, Introductory Coach

·      Nicole Ryan, QLD, Introductory Coach

·      Nicole Ryan, QLD, Show Horse Level 1

·      Emma Morton, SA, Introductory Coach

·      Amy Smith, VIC, Dressage Level 2

·      Amy Bevens, VIC, Introductory Coach

·      Emily Spano, VIC, Introductory Coach

·      Fern Wright, VIC, Introductory Coach

·      Leanne Smith, VIC, Introductory Coach

·      Natalie Ciappara, VIC, Introductory Coach

·      Natasha Moody, VIC, Introductory Coach

·      Victoria Stewart, VIC, Introductory Coach

·      Lucinda Boulter, WA, Introductory Coach

·      Sonja Johnson, WA, Eventing Level 2

April Coach of the Month – Jamie Smith, TAS

Each month we recognise and celebrate one of the amazing coaches in our Equestrian community.

This April, we look to Tasmania, where Dressage Coach, Jamie Smith recieves the Coach of the Month Award.

Jamie’s coaching journey stemmed from a non-horsey background and made it a rewarding career. You can read the interview full here.

Coaching: 24 Coaches Registered for Level 3 Performance Coach Course

Investing in the development of our sport’s coaches is key to the future success.

It has been several years since a Level 3 Course has been delivered, so with 24 coaches registered for the upcoming18-month course, we see this a major positive for our sport.

EA Statement: Changes to EA Coaching Committee Structure

As part of the Nationally Aligned Strategy & Structure Review, the decision was made to pause and reassess the National EA Coaching Committee structure in its current form. This decision reflects the Board’s appreciation of the pivotal role played by coaches in our sport and a commitment to prioritise coaching within the broader all-of-sport review.

This does not affect current coaching operations with full support and servicing on hand  from the state-level Coaching Committees, State Branches and EA team.


Congratulations to our newly Appointed Officials

March Official Appointments

Helen Ashby, VIC – FEI Jumping Judge – Level 1

Angela Hodgetts, VIC – FEI Jumping Judge – Level 1

Megan Scivener, NSW – FEI Jumping Judge – Level 1

Tracey Cameron, NSW – FEI Jumping Judge – Level 1

Wendy Cumming, WA – EA Dressage Judge – E Level

Sophie McDermott, TAS – EA Show Horse Judge – State

Carolyn Baumann, VIC – EA Eventing Steward – Level 2

Heather MacDonald, QLD – EA Jumping Judge – Level 1

Tiffany Jones, NSW – EA Dressage Steward – Level 1

Lisa Gall, QLD – EA Jumping Judge – Level 1

Susan Swanston, QLD – EA Jumping Course Designer – Level 1

Kerry Utting, QLDEA Dressage Steward – Level 1

EA Medication Control Stewards Course – SA

Equestrian Australia’s National Medication Control Officer (NMCO), Dr Penny Dow, travelled to SA on 15th April to run the postponed EA National Medication Control Program Stewards Course.

Reminder – Submit your Working with Children Check ASAP

All officials must carry a WWCC or equivalent by 1 July 2023.

For instructions how to apply for FREE, click on the below link.

Then send a copy of WWWC/Blue card to

AEIMN ANZ Annual Conference for Officials & Competition organisers

Please find details about the upcoming AEIMN ANZ Annual Conference for officials, competition organisers and supporting veterinarians who may be responsible for incident response at events.



You can check out the 2023 Event Calendar via our website. Events are added or updated regularly.


Marcus Oldham Ballarat International Horse Trials 2023
5 – 7 May 2023 – VIC

5 – 7 May 2023 – NSW

Bushgrove Gift – Dalton
13 – 14 May 2023 – NSW

Naracoorte Horse Trials
20 – 21 May 2023 – SA

3 – 4 June 2023 – QLD

Melbourne International 3 Day Event
8 – 12 June 2023 – VIC


This calendar only lists national and international events. If you want to promote a state-based event, please contact your State Branch.  If your Nat/In. event is not listed in this calendar yet, please send an email to

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