November 2020

ESA Board - Welcome New EO

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Anderson as the new Executive Officer for Equestrian South Australia. We have been searching for the right candidate since Kirsty announced her relocation to Brisbane earlier this year.
Julie comes to us from SA Country Basketball and has significant experience in sports administration, as well as serving on the Sports SA Board.  Julie is a lifelong advocate of sport, and has an in depth understanding of sports participation, high performance,  competition and senior executive management.  
Julie will commence her appointment on Monday 9 November. We welcome her warmly to the position and look forward to this new chapter in ESA’s future.

EO Update

In my short time with ESA, I have come to learn a lot about equestrian sports and the dedicated and passionate people who make these sports possible. I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with many wonderful volunteers and am sad to be saying my final farewell, though I am doing so from the not-so-sunny state of Queensland (we had 70mm of rain yesterday in the space of about 2 hours!)

In November, Julie Anderson will be joining you and I am sure she will be made to feel just as welcome as I was. Julie is an experienced sports administrator with a wealth of knowledge, passion and skill. I have no doubt she will be a valuable member of the ESA team.

The office continues to support you, our members, as best they can. Office hours have returned to normal; Monday – Friday between 10am and 4pm, and the staff can be contacted via email and phone during these hours. As we consist of part time employees across these hours, on varying days, there might be times when the office is not able to open. I thank you for your patience and understanding when this does happen. Please keep an eye on the ESA contact page if you are planning a trip into the office and need something specific done for you.

With COVID numbers remaining low in SA, we look forward to competition picking back up, and this later part of the year has already seen some wonderful events take place. Please always ensure that you continue to adhere to COVID restrictions, including social distancing and good hand hygiene and cough etiquette.

For our younger riders, the Gillian Rolton Scholarship program has recently been approved and disciplines will shortly be announcing their program schedules. I encourage riders aged between 12-21 to apply and take up this fantastic opportunity. Eventing has already opened, please read further down in this newsletter for more information.

The 2020 AGM was held on 14 October and for the first time, ESA offered virtual attendance to cater for those who live further away from The Adelaide Hills, as well as for keeping the room numbers low to adhere with COVID restrictions. The meeting was also recorded, and despite a small hiccup when the internet dropped out, virtual attendees were able to hear and comment (via chatbox) on the meeting reasonably well. We hope to continue offering and improving on our remote opportunities for engagement, not only as a way to manage COVID, but also as an opportunity for our more rural and remote members to participate and engage. The AGM meeting minutes are now available on the ESA website for those who might not have had a chance to get along.

Congratulations and welcome to all those members who nominated and are now participating on a committee, and in particular, Veronica Hannam is welcomed as ESA’s newest Board Director. We currently have two remaining Board vacancies. Expressions of interest to fill these positions will be published shortly. Please keep an eye on your email, Facebook or the ESA website for this announcement and share it with anyone you think would make a positive contribution to our Association.

I wish you all well as you continue your equestrian endeavours and look forward to watching how ESA grows and develops in the coming years.

Kirsty Dummin
Executive Officer

Discipline Updates


Hi All,
It’s great to be back at shows. Even though it’s been a challenging time with getting shows back up and running it’s great to see clubs trying their best.
The season started off in late August with NDSJC holding their show at the Waikerie Horse & pony club grounds, Well done to the committee carting their equipment there and leaving it for the following show.
Waikerie Horse & Pony club spring show was three weeks later held by the Waikerie Horse, it was great to see two clubs working together.
Mallala Show Jumping club held their show the on the 19/20th September with a great turn out competitor’s coming from Mt Gambier.
Adelaide Hills Showjumping club are a newly formed club holding their first show on the 10/11th October at Wirrina Cove Holiday Park. A venue that hasn’t seen jumping in over 20yrs.

Photo Credit: Manning Photography, Rider Susie Verco & Captivate.  Winner of the Gold Cup. (Wirrina Cove)   

The Eyre Peninsula Showjumping club have been holding events nearly weekly with just recently holding their Championship show at Tumby Bay, was great to see competitors travel from Adelaide to support this great show.
Mount Gambier Showjumping club have also been running shows fortnightly, taking the incentive to replace the Ag shows that were cancelled, running a three day show on the weekend that is normally the Mt Gambier Ag show.
The ESA State Jumping Championships will have been run by the time you read this. Having been held at the Wirrina Cove Holiday Park. Report will be in the next newsletter.
Strathalbyn have been running regular freshman days.
We were sorry to hear of the passing of John Wilsher, who was part of the vision of running jumping in the centre of the Mt Gambier velodrome, which was the birth of the MGSJC and the Easter Showjumping festival. Volunteering many hours in building two sets of jumping equipment, judges’ boxes and course building at freshman days and shows. John was part of the team in holding the 2004 Australian Jumping Championships at Mt Gambier. John had an incredible passion for the sport and course building. Condolences to Rose and family.

Image Credit: Horse Deals     Rider John Wilsher

Congratulations to Conor Reed and Troy Woollard on being named on the 2019 Equestrian Australia National Young Rider Squad. Which was announced by EA on the 16th September. Conor placed second and Troy placed 15th in the 2019 National Young Rider Series.
Normally this time of year we would be getting ready for the Australian Jumping Championships and/or the Adelaide three-day event, unfortunately due to Covid these events were cancelled, hopefully next year will be back to normal.
Thank you to all the competitors that have been supporting the jumping events in SA.

Jackie Seiboth, SA Jumping Committee Acting Chair

For up to date information, please like and follow the Jumping Facebook page.
ESA Interschool Championships
2020 - Nominate Scoreboard Results - CLICK HERE

For up to date information, please like and follow the Interschool Facebook page.
Show Horse

ESA Horse of the Year Show - 2020


Dates: Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th Dec 2020

Venue: Talunga Park, Mount Pleasant SA (Subject to State COVID directives at the time)

INTERSTATE JUDGES • Christine Crutchley (Qld) • Jamie Ford (Qld) • Sue Quarrel (Tas) • Suzan McDermott (Tas) • Tania Hay (Tas)

ENTRIES VIA NOMINATE – Opening, 12th October CLOSE OF ENTRIES – Midnight, 16th November, 2020

For up to date information about Show Horse, please follow and like the Equestrian SA Show Horse Facebook page.



Despite the uncertainties and difficulties due to Covid-19, which made running an Event successfully an even greater challenge than usual, most OC's have run Events - or at least a modified program - which has allowed our riders to get out and about and start competing. At least we are in way better shape that our Victorian neighbours where all events ceased with lockdown!

Canoe Tree Horse Trials was the first competition to start after Covid stoppages and they were inundated with entries running HT classes at 65, 80 and EVA95 plus Combined Training for higher Star level classes and also catered for the show jumpers, with Show Jumping offered from 95cm to 1m30. Something for everyone on day 1 at Strathalbyn, August 15th ! While a pleasant time was had by all involved at the cross country Sunday on Jill Bow's property near The Canoe Tree, Currency Creek.

September kicked off with a Derby Day on the 6th - combining cross country fences at Monarto with interspersed show jumps – attracting numerous competitors and running as a successful fund raiser for the new HT course being built at Wirrina Cove scheduled for the first weekend of November.

In place of Mt Gambier Horse Trials, September 19 & 20, a Regional Clinic was held on the Pony Club grounds using their cross country and another Regional Clinic was being held this weekend at Renmark. Further such clinics are scheduled for next year.

A hugely successful Horse Trials Event was held at Monarto on 26 & 27 September where the weather gods were kind and solid rain all week before drying sunshine on weekend made the going at Monarto the best it has been in late Sept. Absolutely all classes and grades were catered for from 50cms to 2.5* including combined training classes and record numbers participated. Well done to Monarto Horse Trials !

Photo Credit: Abby Pinter      Rider: Wendy Schaeffer & Sun Quest

Hills & Barossa HT, without a home ground cross country course, ran a number of fund raising efforts to ensure they run a HT Event next year with their portables purchased from Goulburn. H & B ran a very big Combined Training and Show Jumping day at Strathalbyn, with multiple entries and good organisation all round, as the sun shone all day on Saturday 3rd October.

Reynella HT were not so lucky, with seriously bad weather forecast for Sunday 4th, they cancelled their XC Training day to re group and run a XC Time Trial on Sunday 18th October over 65, 80 and 95cm flagged & dressed tracks. The afternoon allowed more training XC with some 3* options available to star riders. 

In the meantime with few HT Events on offer, our SA Eventers have turned to Show Jumping for their competition adrenaline rush. Sarah Clark and LV Balou Jeans surprised the jumpers with a win at 1m20 and second at 1m30 at the new Adelaide Hills SJC event at Wirrina October 10th while Wendy Schaeffer & Gitta Bella “won” the Silver 1m25 in a “Steven Bradley style” where the only rider clear, fell off in the jump off leaving her surprisingly in the lead despite two down in the first round ! 

Photo Credit: Manning Photography     Rider: Sarah Clark & LV Balou Jeans

Rachelle Verma & Gisella and Emily Nettle & Cash Cab also eventers had good placings out SJ. (Rachelle & Gisella carried on down to Mt Gambier SJ for 3 placings out of 3 !)
Eventers of all shape and sizes (ponies) were out in force in the second ring, including impressive performances from young Millie Taylor, 10 year old daughter of the Wirrina Cove Holiday Park owners, Ben & Holly Taylor. 

Photo Credit: Roger Foster     Rider: Millie Taylor at Monarto HT, preparing for Wirrina XC.

A special Thank You to Ben & Holly for re-instating Wirrina as a great Equestrian Venue. We are all trooping back to watch the eventers out in force at the State Show Jumping Championships this weekend, Oct 30 to November 1st, also at Wirrina.

For SA Eventing updates and latest information, please like and follow the Eventing Facebook page.


For all the latest in Dressage, please like and follow the Dressage Facebook page.



South Australian vaulter Jamie Hocking stepped back into the competition ring over in Denmark 🇩🇰 for the first time in 2020 !  What a great way to start back.

View Jamie's fantastic performance in Denmark.

For all the latest on Vaulting, follow and like the Vaulting Facebook page.

Carriage Driving

Carriage Driving are seeking interest from ESA members keen on attending a driving weekend as part of the Gillian Rolton Youth Development Scholarship Programme 2020.
Can you please contact the ESA Office on 8391 0488 if you would be interested.
Looking at an early Jan date if there is enough engagement.

For all the latest on Driving, follow and like the Carriage Driving Facebook page.

Gillian Rolton Youth Development Scholarship Programme 

Equestrian SA is proud to present the Gillian Rolton AM - Youth Development Programme for 2020 in honour of South Australian Dual Olympian Gill Rolton AM. 

The Board of Equestrian SA is delighted to continue to honour Gills courage and dedication through this scholarship programme and giving all our young riders the opportunity to further their knowledge and ability through their chosen discipline.

NOTE - There will be an Equestrian SA AWARDS NIGHT (Jan 2021) -   All participating riders are expected to attend. The scholarship winners from each discipline will be announced on the night.  

To date, only Eventing have confirmed and applications are NOW OPEN. 
For further information on the progress of the other disciplines CLICK HERE.


  • Date: Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December 2020  
  • Venue:  Hallmark Farm, Woodside.
To download the application form for Eventing CLICK HERE and scroll down to Eventing.

Subject Matter Expert for Horse Care Project

I’m reaching out to see if Equestrian Australia would like to nominate a representative to be a member of a Subject Matter Expert Working Group, who is willing to contribute their time and expertise to define the essential and necessary skills for various jobs in the horse care industry. Their expertise will help in the update and development of national qualifications, to support greater employment opportunities and job competitiveness in the horse care industry.
Links for further Information:
The Horse Care Project
What is involved with being a subject matter expert?
About Skills Impact
The project will start with a series of two to four online meetings commencing on Tuesday 10 November (covering entry level and trade level jobs ie stable work, exercising, groom etc) and Wednesday 11 November for management level jobs. 
Please feel welcome to email me  to discuss further.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Warmest regards
Diana McNaughton
Industry Engagement Manager



Hello all, I am working with Dr David Marlin and Dr Jane Williams on an international survey of the effect of COVID19 on horse owners and their horses. 
At the end of March 2020 we ran a survey to understand the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. We found the majority of horse owners felt they had been affected by the pandemic and associated quarantine restrictions. Most facilities had put in place some form of control measures to reduce spread of transmission of the virus but only a third of horse owners felt fully informed. Most owners had not experienced issues accessing veterinary and other professional services, but two thirds were worried about the long term financial impact of the pandemic and how this could inform equine management, health and welfare in the future.
Six months further on from the first survey we want to understand if and how the situation facing ANZ horse owners has changed. Anonymised data will be shared with various stakeholders such as the Equestrian Australia/New Zealand Equestrian Federation, Australian Veterinary Association/New Zealand Veterinary Association and the RSPCA/SPCA New Zealand. The results will also be made public as soon as possible. With this information we will be able to develop a better understanding of the effects of the ongoing situation, with the aim of being able to produce more targeted advice and support for horse owners, facility managers/owners and equestrian professionals.  (Text to accompany the request to your members is below):
Stage 2 of the survey is currently being launched. As a key stakeholder within the ANZ equestrian industry, we would like to invite you to support the survey’s distribution by publishing the web-link below to your members.  The survey should take no more than 5 minutes and no personal data will be collected. We hope you will be able to help us to engage as many ANZ horse owners as possible.  
Ongoing impact of COVID-19 on ANZ horse owners:
 If you any queries of questions then please do get in touch with Dr David Marlin at or Hayley Randle at
Dr David Marlin, DM Consulting Ltd
Dr Hayley Randle, Charles Sturt University
Dr Jane Williams, Hartpury University


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