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Equestrian Australia News


Easy does it

A lot of changes are coming up in the near future. Very soon we should have a new constitution that will make some adjustments to our governance structure and system. More importantly, with the 'retirement' of Mary Seefried and Kerry Brydon from the National Board - under our constitution, both have to take a compulsory break for at least one year - none of the Directors of the 'original' non-representative skills-based Board appointed in 2004 will be there to share their knowledge and experience with the others.

It takes a lot of time and hard work to build something up.

We now enjoy excellent relationships with key stakeholders like the Australian Government, the Australian Sports Commission, other government agencies like Animal Health Australia and AQIS, the Australian Olympic Committee, the Australian Paralympic Committee, the FEI, many National Federations, etc. etc. We have a High Performance Program that has been helping our sport to achieve better and better results, we have National Coaching and Officiating schemes that are steadily growing and are improving the quality of coaches and officials, we have dedicated National Office staff that deliver these and many other services that simply did not exist in 2002.

So I hope that the new Board will get the right people elected to it, people who understand the functions and activities of our national organisation and what is important for the sport as a whole.  They must have the required knowledge and experience. The new Directors will learn that what happens at the national and international level is quite different from the activities carried out by and within the Branches.

Club, Association and Coach Insurance

The insurance renewal documentation is now available for download from our web (Club Insurance Pack, National and State Associations Insurance Pack, Coach Registration and Insurance Pack).  Our office will also be sending out printed versions to all those coaches, clubs and other member organisations who joined our insurance scheme last year. Please send in your renewal promptly, as we will have to pay a substantial portion of the premium soon.

As in previous years, the club rates are set in a way that is designed to reflect the risk.  Organisations with more members, more horse events, more horses at event pay more than those with lower numbers. Because of a greater than expected uptake of insurance last year, we can continue to offer a renewal rebate of 10 percent. Our initiative of rewarding clubs, which meet 'EA Premium Club' conditions, with a further 33 percent discount seems to have encouraged more clubs to pursue these targets and become better clubs in the process.  The number is now more than half of the clubs covered. Congratulations!

Other Club and Event news

Our web can now generate Google maps for club addresses and event venue locations provided they are entered into the system properly. Not much use where a postal address is recorded and the club site or event venue is several kilometres away. PO Box addresses direct you to the post office - amazing.

Magic Millions Sport Horse Sale on again in 2010

Organisers of the inaugural Magic Millions Sport Horse Sale at the Gold Coast earlier this month were happy with the response they event received. New undertakings of this nature require some time to develop. It is, therefore, good news that the organisers have decided to continue the sale next year, probably in a different format and possibly earlier in the year.

Kentucky Tickets go on sale this month

Sales will commence 25 September 2009.  The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Gems web address is http://www.alltechfeigames.com/

Ticket prices for each of the eight world championships, as well as Opening and Closing Ceremonies, are now available.  You can find a detailed pricing list here.

Other events in September

For a more complete list, please check the event calendar on the National or Branch web but I will mention the Sydney International Three-Day Event 11-13 and the first-ever Equestrian Australia Para-Equestrian Championships 23-27 September, both at SIEC.


Very soon, we will have an arrangement with the FEI to have FEI TV shown through our web system. If you subscribe to FEI TV on OUR web (or renew) instead of the FEI web, you are registered as an Australian user and Equestrian Australia gets a small commission. Since this does not cost you any more than it would if you subscribed with the FEI directly, why not help us???? We hope to have some Australian content added from time to time.

Equestrian Australia Web System now regularly records 2 million page views a month

Our web system now has over 60 sites able to access event and horse information. National news items 'cascade' to Branch webs and then with Branch news to Club webs.

We are in the process of a comprehensive Information Technology (IT) review that will lead to major improvements of our database and web functionality. Having to synchronise to different data systems has caused problems from time to time. Better integration will lead to more reliable on-line use of data, including entries and entry checking (financial/qualification) and membership renewals. I sat down on a lazy Sunday afternoon and drew up a chart with options.

Supporters and Sponsors

Before I close, though, I would like to thank our funding agencies, sponsors and supporters for their continued assistance. The Australian Sports Commission is our Principal Sponsor and we hope that High Performance funding and other grants will continue beyond the next funding cycle.

Many thanks also to the Australian Olympic Committee, who apart from organising the Australian Delegation to go to the Games is also involved in securing more funding to guarantee Australia's medal success at future Games.

We are also looking forward to a continued good working relationship with the Australian Paralympic Committee in the management of the Para-Equestrian high performance program.

We hope our partnerships with our commercial sponsors can be strengthened further in this Olympiad.

So in summary, we would like to mention


For more news and other information, please visit our 'new' web www.equestrian.org.au or your 'new' State Branch web (www.[state].equestrian.org.au).

Make it a good day!

Franz Venhaus
Chief Executive Officer

Edwina wins Dutch CGT Grand Prix
Edwina Alexander riding Itot du Chateau has won the Gobal Champions Tour Grand Prix of the Netherlands held at Valkenswaard.

Victorious Vivant
Carly Overton reports from Caboolture World Cup qualifier.

Bill Levett 3rd at Gatcombe CIC3*-W
Australia's Bill Levett and Hippolyte finished third against a star-studded field at the Gatcombe HSBC FEI World Cup qualifier at the Festival of British Eventing

Entries close 31 August for Para-Equestrian Championships

News from the FEI World Pony Driving Championships
Congratulations to Jessica Meredith who competed at the FEI World Pony Driving Championships in Greven (GER).

Michael Jung (GER) World Cup Champion - Clayton 3rd
Germany dominated the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Final in Poland over the weekend.

Expressions of Interest for the FEI Children’s Category C event, New Caledonia
Equestrian Australia has received an invitation from the French Federation for a team of 4 riders (aged between 12 and 14 yrs) and 1 official to compete in a borrowed horse event at the FEI Childrens International Jumping Competition Category C, New Caledonia 24-25th October 2009

2009 Dressage Test Books now available
A complete set of the new dressage tests can now be purchased through EA National office.

Top lot goes to Dubai at Magic Millions Sporthorse Sale
The Magic Millions inaugural Sporthorse Sale was held on Saturday evening at their Gold Coast Sale Complex.

Enhanced live streams on FEI TV now available for MAC users
Full live coverage of the alltech FEI European Jumping and Dressage championships.

Three staff from Hendra property released from hospital
Three staff from a central Queensland property affected by the deadly Hendra virus have left a Brisbane hospital where they have been under observation.

EA advises caution against the use of herbal or natural medicinal products
Equestrian Australia (EA) advises members, horse trainers, owners, exhibitors, riders and their veterinarians to use caution with the administration of herbal or natural medicinal preparations, tonics, pastes, powders, and products of any kind as they might contain a prohibited substance.

Calling for nominations for election to the National Board
The second term for two Directors and the first for another will expire at the 2009 AGM in October. This will create three vacancies to be filled through election by the Branches.

Chugg and Vivant win Toowoomba World Cup qualifier
New South Welshman Chris Chugg and 11 year old bay Belgium warmblood stallion Vivant triumphed over 29 competitors to take out the Adenbrook Homes FEI World Cup Qualifier held at the Toowoomba showgrounds.

Need Support for your Organisation?
Australian University Sport has recently developed this new workplace portal to provide opportunities for sporting organisations to fill positions vacant within the sports industry.

Team Announced for the Borrowed Horse Business teams competition
The National Jumping Selectors have named the team to represent Australia Borrowed Horse Business teams competition at the Victorian Spring Show 10-13th September 2009

World Equestrian Games tickets available 25 September
Don't miss out on tickets to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

AI3DE - Riding Strong
Read the latest press release from the Australian Three-Day Event.

Horse Talk TV - coming soon
Horse Talk TV, an exciting, new, locally produced television program is soon to hit Australian TV screens.

Online Stallion Auction - fundraiser for Adelaide 3DE
Service fees to 31 Australian and international stallions are being auctioned online to help raise money for the Australian Three-Day Event.

Gwaihir Stud Young Event Horse class at Sydney 3DE
For the first time Sydney International Three-Day Event will hold a Young Event Horse class. It will be judged by special guest three-time Olympic Gold medallist Andrew Hoy.

Results for the first round of Jumping Young Rider Selection Series
Over the weekend the first round of the Young Rider Selection Series took place at Toowoomba Show in QLD.

Horse Talk TV - Make my horse a star viewer competition
Is your Horse a Star? Get your video entry in quick to Horse Talk TV for a chance for your horse to star on National TV.

Quirindi CIC1* video - presented by Mitavite
Watch the video of Quirindi's first international one-day event presented by Mitavite feeds and produced by Peter Haynes.

FEI Eventing Officials Course - September 2009

Olympic Equestrian Contract awarded
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has appointed the team to build the Cross Country course for the Equestrian Eventing competition, taking place at Greenwich Park.

FEI Veterianarian Course - 9-13 September

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