From the CEO

I hope this message finds you well. I wanted to take a moment to update you on our preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as provide an update on key projects.

Message from the Board

In the lead up to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is exciting to confirm that our athletes have secured team places in all four Olympic and Paralympic disciplines – Dressage, Jumping, Eventing and Para Dressage. 

Willinga CPEDI a great success

Willinga Park hosted the first CPEDI for the year and there was some brilliant competition across all grades with 10 combinations achieving their MER that weekend alone.

Kate Kyros wins U25 Nations Cup in Florida

Congratulations to Kate Kyros who took out first place in the FEI Nations Cup CDIO-U25 Grand Prix Freestyle at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida on the last weekend of February.

Coach of the Month
David Finch

Queensland Jumping specialist David Finch has earned widespread respect for his knowledge and commitment to equestrian sport and we are delighted to announce that David is our Coach of the Month for February.

‘Dressage by the Sea’ CDI

The spectacular ‘Dressage by the Sea’ event certainly didn’t disappoint this year with a record number of entries. Congratulations to the winners and Placegetters across the four days.

FEI Campus

Even though we are coming to the end of our warmest days, this collection of eight animated episodes covering topics for competing safely in hot and humid climates is well worth viewing on the FEI Campus.

EOI Australasia Regional Endurance Championship 2024

Equestrian Australia (EA) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for athletes wishing to be considered for Australian Team Selection for the Australasia Regional Endurance Championship 2024.


The EA Driving Committee has commenced the implementation of a Navigator/Backstepper Certification.  Thank you to those who have engaged with the Driving Navigator/Backstepper Resource and congratulations to those who have completed their Certificate 1

Competing at FEI level

If you are planning to compete at FEI level in 2024 there are a number of things that need to be in place, including current FEI Athlete and Horse Registrations and Horse Passports and FEI Recognition Cards (where appropriate). Lead times apply.

Virtus at Willinga Park

Equestrian Australia Para High Performance Lead Nick Hunter has included Virtus classes at the 3 CPEDI Paralymic Games Selection Events in 2024. The first event at  Willinga Park saw 6 Virtus athletes compete.

Incident Reporting

EA’s incident report Form 08 is mandatory to report all incidents, that occur at an EA affiliated equestrian activity and must be completed within 24hrs. Find more information and fact sheets at the link below

Have you recently officiated overseas?

‘Insights’ is a series on our website that tells the stories of international competitions from an Officials perspective and we would love to hear from you!


A great range of merchandise is available for coaches and officials. Set yourself up for the cooler months ahead.  

FEI Officials 2024 – Competency-Based Evaluation System

As of 18 December 2023, the 2024 FEI CES Assessments will be accessible. 

To officiate at events taking place after 31 March 2024, Officials must have passed the CES Assessment. 

Official Appointments in January:

Richard Mitton (QLD) – FEI Eventing Judge – Level 1 Eventing
Kay Paulsen (QLD) – FEI Eventing Judge – Level 1 Eventing
Kay Paulsen (QLD) – FEI Eventing Steward – Level 1 Eventing
Verity Hayman (SA) – EA Dressage Steward – Level 1 Dressage
Alexandra Diprose (VIC) – EA Measurer
Julie Taylor (NSW) – EA Dressage Steward – Level 1 Dressage
Kenya Broad (TAS) – EA Dressage Steward – Level 1 Dressage
Judith Sonnefeld (SA) – EA Dressage Steward – Level 1 Dressage
Victoria Deece (NSW)– EA Jumping Judge – Level 1 Jumping
Aaron Mawhinney (VIC) – EA Jumping Course Designer – Preliminary Jumping
Maximus Conti Nibali (WA) – EA Jumping Course Designer – Level 2 Jumping
Sarah Menniti (QLD) – EA Dressage Steward – Level 1 Dressage
Hellen Forrest (VIC) – EA Jumping Judge – Preliminary Jumping
Paul Stephens (VIC) – EA Jumping Judge – Level 2 Jumping
Natalie Muhor (VIC) – EA Jumping Judge – Level 2 Jumping
Lisa Gall (QLD) – EA Eventing Technical Delegate – Level 4 Eventing
Suanne Lawrence (TAS) – EA Dressage Steward – Level 1 Dressage
Vicky Beasy (NT) – EA Jumping Course Designer – Level 1 Jumping
Will Flynn (TAS) – EA Dressage Steward – Level 1 Dressage
Samantha Marshall (NSW) – EA Dressage Steward – Level 1 Dressage