August 2020

A Message from the Board - EA Administration

As many of you will now know, the Equestrian Australia Administrators, KordaMentha held the Second Meeting of Creditors on 14 July 2020. At the meeting, the following outcomes were noted:
  • Resolutions relating to remuneration were passed.
  • The "State Boards Deed Of Company Arrangement" was not passed.
  • The "Administrators Deed Of Company Arrangement" was passed.
  • That a Committee of Inspection be appointed was not passed, however was overridden by the Chair.
Since that meeting, a flurry of information has been dispersed by KordaMentha, and can be found on their website here, as well as by the State Branches and other interested individuals.

A Special General Meeting (SGM) has been called for September.

In the lead up to and after the Second Meeting of Creditors, the State Branches cohort expressed concerns about the proposed change to the Constitution by KordaMentha, which would allow for a "one member one vote" model, particularly as it could be seen to disadvantage the smaller states with less members. Equestrian Tasmania has been adamant that they would not vote for a change that disadvantages their members and their state.

The ESA Board is committed to exploring all options and ensuring that the broadest views possible are sought prior to the SGM. This includes, in addition to the vote at the Second Meeting of Creditors, a survey of our members, which identified that 64% of respondents would like ESA to vote for the "one member, one vote" model.

ESA continues to engage with its members, Equestrian Australia, the State branches and KordaMentha in an effort to resolve the various challenges of the Administration process and ensure any constitutional change is one that is of benefit to all states and all members.

ESA continues to engage with the South Australian Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing to ensure that our grant funds are not at risk and that deliverables can be met.

ESA continues to engage with our discipline committees to ensure that those who are at the "coal-face" of the sport and who are a true representation of the members, both grassroots and high performing, are able to provide their input and guidance.

Equestrian sport is driven by hard working, dedicated and loyal volunteers who only want to see the best outcome for those who contribute to and enjoy the companionship and challenge that is horse sports.

Next Steps
A meeting has been requested between KordaMentha, the Australian Sports Commission and the State Branches. Following this meeting, ESA will provide a further update on the way forward.

It’s important to note that no branch, board or staff member wants to see Equestrian Australia liquidated. While there has been a great deal of hearsay and innuendo relating to the presumed intention behind each action, ESA has only ever acted in good faith and in what is considered best for our members, and the sport as a whole.

EO Update

On 14 July, ESA Executive Officer, Kirsty Dummin announced her resignation, due to an exciting opportunity for her family, which involves relocating to Queensland.

It is with sadness that we will farewell Kirsty in September, as she has proven to be a valuable contributor to ESA and has supported the organisation through many challenges in her short time with us.

The Board will advertise the EO vacancy as soon as possible.

Discipline Committee Review

On 1 April, the ESA Board announced a Discipline Committee Review as part of recommendations from the 2019 Governance review. As part of that announcement, the Review Working Group also put a call out to past and present members to provide submissions in relation to the Review Terms of Reference. The submissions were open for two weeks, with a further one week extension by request.
So far, the following Disciplines have been reviewed and provided with a final report, outlining the Review Group's recommendations and suggested opportunities for improvement:
1. Show Horse
2. Dressage
3. Eventing
4. Jumping.

The remaining Discipline reviews will be scheduled in August 2020, with a final summary report to be published to the ESA website, once all reviews are complete.

ESA Merchandise 

We are very happy with the release of our New ESA Merchandise. We had over 70 orders and many happy members looking great and keeping warm this winter.   
Due to the success of the first big order, you can now order merchandise at any time by completing the order form below these images.  

Bathurst Jacket - $85           *Note Large in sizing*

  • Fabric: Shell - Nylon Taslon, Lining - Micro Polar Fleece 200gsm - Outer - 100% Nylon, Inner - 100% Polyester
  • Description: Contrast jacket with double stitched seams across back and front.
  • Adjustable cuffs with velcro tabs
  • Front pockets on both sides
  • Removable zip off hood
  • Draw-cord at hem
  • Inside garment features: chest jet pocket,self-phone pouch, pen holder & an extra big pocket at the lower waist position
  • Concealed zippered embroidery access


Hoodie - $57

  • Hoodies with contrast shoulder panels and hood lining
  • 320gsm 35% cotton, 65% polyester smooth knit
  • Super soft, warm brushed fleece inside
  • Front kangaroo pocket


Polo Shirt - Short Sleeve - $45

  • Athletic style, new improved polyester fabric
  • Soft, breathable air rated material
  • Ladies fitted or unisex styles available (see sizing chart below)
  • Custom made by worklocker, Mt Barker


Polo Shirt - Long Sleeve - $50

  • Athletic sun smart style, new improved polyester fabric
  • Soft, breathable air rated material
  • Ladies fitted or unisex styles available (see sizing chart below)
  • Custom made by worklocker, Mt Barker



Cap - $19

  • Adjustable clip at rear
  • Equestrian SA embroidery to front


Beanie - $19

  • Navy with red trim, cable knit. 
  • Equestrian SA embroidery Logo to front and ESA on both sides
  • One size only  (not super thick, but warm)

Note - ESA Logo will be larger that pictured here. 



View all the sizing options  CLICK HERE

To place your order, Download the ESA Merchandise Order Form.   

(pdf doc) CLICK HERE     

(editable word version) CLICK HERE

All orders must be pre-paid as the ESA Office is unable to hold stock of any items due to the large sizing ranges available. 

Feel free to contact the ESA Office if you have any questions. Postage will be available at your expense.  

Please note – Check your sizing carefully on your Order Form as there are no exchanges or refunds.


It has been a challenging time for our newly formed committee. We have struggled to secure a venue for the State Champs, inspecting many venues over weekends, looking for one that will meet our requirements not only for this year but also for many years to come. We were trying to find a venue that will lend itself to be a great arena with good horse facilities, but also with opportunities for members to socialise as well.

Due to costs Wayville, a well-regarded venue, is no longer an option. Thanks must go to Anthony Thomas who liaised with Ben at Wirrina and now the committee have secured Wirrina this year on a trial basis for the weekend of 30 October - 1 November. Next year the proposed dates are April 9 - 11 at the same venue. This gives members some security in planning their schedules.

The show jumping committee have been meeting regularly with a focus on establishing a sustainable funding base for the growth and development of the sport, budgets and developing a strategic plan for the future. This has already resulted in allocation of funds to the regions to support clinics for members that live rurally. We also held a Summit to establish priorities for us to focus on over the next 2 years. The outcomes of that Summit will be posted on our web page soon. The committee has also been observing the EA administration with interest.

Of course, the main concern has been getting events happening again for members to attend and compete. We are in the process of creating and affiliating Adelaide Hills & Districts SJC that will be based at Lobethal. This will be a welcome addition to the existing list of SA Jump Clubs.

Metro Jump Club is also proposing to resurface with a new committee and will be looking to commence competitions again soon. Working bees at Metro have already seen major changes to the venue.

We are excited to see the sport returning to some action and would encourage everyone at events to observe the social distancing rules and support each other during this time of uncertainty.
Diana Gibbs Ludbrook. SA Show Jumping Committee Chair

For up to date information, please like and follow the Jumping Facebook page.


State championships will be 12/13 September at the Strathalbyn polo grounds.
We were hoping for a later date, but due to everything else being pushed out to later dates, this is our only option. Hopefully it will work for most .

Entries will be available on Nominate soon.

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

Show Horse

Scheduled Measuring Dates

Saturday 1st August @ Strathalbyn - Joint EA/SHC Measuring Day     

Time: 10am- 12pm

Cost: $15 annual/limited measure      $70 life measure

Measuer: Greg Crocker

Sunday 16th August @ Mt Pleasant - Joint EA/SHC Measuring Day plus Car Boot Sale.

Cost: $15 annual/limited measure      $70 life measure

This day will also be a training day for trainee measurers - please expect delays - your patience will be greatly appreciated. Further details closer to the date.

Measurer: Denise Fenwick

Sunday 30th August @ Strathalbyn - Joint EA/SHC Measuring Day     

Time: 10am- 2pm

Cost: $15 annual/limited measure      $70 life measure

Measurer: Greg Crocker

Sunday 13th September @ Clare - Joint EA/SHC Measuring Day     

Cost: $15 annual/limited measure      $70 life measure

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


Eventing has tried a couple of initiatives during our Covid-19 recovery period.
We ran a Training Day for groups of 10 over two successive weekends, May 16/17 and May 23, when we were first allowed to establish a Covid-safe plan for our property to commence sporting activities, in groups rather than only individually.

These were cross country training days held at Sunburst Equestrian with our Senior State Squad riders supervising groups of 3 - 4 riders around the 40 acres available, with various training complexes at various levels of jumps. Groups of 10 in the morning and afternoon saw 21 riders participate over both weekends and enjoy training together for the first time in 2 full months. 

Image: PYT Photography

The Eventing SA initiative to create, as an adjunct to our State Squad program, a "Future Stars Training Squad" (FSTS) open to eventers (and any other discipline) of all ages and all levels, was realised with the first FSTS Squad Training held at Hallmark Farm on June 6 & 7th. At least 50 riders joined the first FSTS group and took part in a variety of lesson options coached by Megan Jones and Audrey Simon, in what proved to be an excellent weekend encouraging participation from juniors to grass roots to established event riders in an all-in together group situation. 

FSTS is projected to hold 4 training sessions per year for their membership and the next date has been set for August 22 & 23rd. A third clinic will be on Saturday October 3rd and Saturday October 10th.

Image: PYT Photography

Numerous meetings have been held between EDC and Eventing OC's discussing ways in which we may best resume the Eventing Season in August despite the current uncertainties and difficulties due to Covid-19, which makes running an Event successfully an even greater challenge than usual. Some Events have now been listed as confirmed to run. 

Unfortunately the spike in Victoria and indefinite closure of the SA/Victorian border has made Mount Gambier Horse Trials not viable. However the good news is that ESA has made some Regional Grants funding available with the first Regional Eventing clinic to be held at the Mount Gambier Pony Club grounds in place of their cancelled HT event on September 19 & 20th.
Canoe Tree have risen to the occasion to be the first official horse trials to run in SA, in association with largely club event classes allowing more inclusive entry conditions, to be held at Strathalbyn Polo Grounds for dressage and show jumping Saturday August 15th while cross country for levels 65, 80, 95 & 95.5 will be on Sunday 16th at Canoe Tree, Currency Creek.

Monarto HT will run a full HT from 50 cm, 65, 80, 95 & 1* on September 26 & 27th while prior to this is running a fundraising Derby day to fund the newly regained Wirrina Cove HT on September 6th. 

Wirrina Cove HT will be held, after a lapse of 20 years, on November 7 & 8th starting with combined Training and HT at 65 & 80 cm. 

Naracoorte will host the State Eventing Championship and is to be congratulated for re-scheduling from May to the cancelled Australian 3DE weekend of November 14 & 15th. Naracoorte will hold classes from 65 cm to FEI CCI2*, 3* & 4*-S, even if the border remains closed. 

Reynella HT October 17 & 18th are waiting to confirm whether they are running until end of August. 

Hills & Barossa HT are running clinics and a combined training to raise funds for their newly acquired portables from the previously prestigious Goulburn Event, NSW. They are planning to resume a full HT event next year. 
Di Schaeffer, Chair for Eventing SA.

Image: Horse Trials SA, Martin Waddingham.     Rider: Judith Newton

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


CONGRATULATIONS - Senior High Performance Squad
First Name    Last Name             Horse                                          
Julia Weir RASHADA  
Julia Weir HIRAANI  
Ruth Schneeberger ROXLEIGH FIDELIO  
Ruth Schneeberger MIRAMAR SERENE  
Phoebe Foulkes FIRE AND MAGIC  
Nicole Berry EUROZ JINKS  
Marlene Hunt FABULOSO F  
Heather Demaine LIBERTA  

CONGRATULATIONS - Youth High Performance Squad
First Name Last Name Horse
Keeley Menadue IBNKY XQUISIT
Olivia Buchanan WELFINE
Brooke Sparkes TRUSSANA B

EA Coach of the month - Mandy Maiden

Mandy Maiden is an EA Level 2 Dressage Coach and Coach Educator, who lives in Willunga, South Australia. 

"As a horse-crazy little girl trapped in a non-horsey family, I could only dream of one day having my own pony!

Instead, I had to make do with a fortnightly riding lesson at a riding school; pretending to be a horse and cantering around the schoolyard; lunging my younger brothers; playing with my model horses; reading every horse book I could get my hands on; and making friends with anyone I met who had a pony.

My dream came true (almost) when I was 10 years old. I met a family with a daughter a little older and taller than me, who had a pony she had grown out of.

They generously allowed me to ride him whenever I wanted to, in exchange for helping out at their stables. I was there every day!

“Peter Pan” was my dream pony. He was a 12.2hh Welsh Mountain Pony, dappled grey of course. We did everything together – riding all around the neighbourhood, rides to the beach, riding club and then hack shows, jumping and junior hunts.

For the next six years, I was also very fortunate to ride numerous ponies and horses which came to the stables and it was a treasure trove of learning experiences! It was here that my particular love of starting young horses and re-educating older horses began.

Nowadays, I’m still living the dream! Together with my husband Steve, we have our own 20-acre horse property to accommodate our four horses, one dog and my coaching and horse training business.

I teach private lessons and clinics in horsemanship, classical dressage and jumping, have two school horses, take in horses for training, run clinics with interstate and international trainers, run a Young Horse Club (a programme for my students to start their own young horses) and Horse University (theory courses) and host barefoot trimming courses.

Mandy working with 'Ami' at liberty 

I am very fortunate to have an amazing cohort of students. Their passion for learning, for prioritising their horses’ needs above their own, their love for their horses and their dedication to becoming the best horse person and rider they can be for their horse makes me very proud of them all.

Colic Survey Request (sent to Dressage SA)
I’m an equine vet, doing a survey on horse owner opinions towards colic surgery; I’m hoping this can provide information on factors that influence the decision to go or not to go to colic surgery. Would you mind if I shared this survey with the Dressage SA group? The post would be as follows:

Calling all horse owners; Please take a few minutes to do this survey on the decision for or against colic surgery. It helps us vets to do our job better!
The survey consists of about 20 questions and should only take about 20 minutes of your time. To complete the survey and to learn about a project, please go to:
Have you ever had to decide to refer a horse for colic surgery? Have you ever thought about what you would do if you had to make that choice at short notice?
Staff at the Camden Equine Centre, University of Sydney are conducting a survey into owner knowledge and attitudes toward colic surgery. We are investigating if there are trends between the owner demographics and previous experience with colic, and whether owners elect to send horses for emergency surgery.
This may help future veterinarians better understand how they can support horse owners whilst they make this difficult decision. This results from the survey will hopefully allow for better insights into the horse owners’ understanding of outcomes of colic surgery and lead to the development of better information resources for owners.
To learn more about the project and for a full participant information statement, please go to:

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


Vaulting SA is getting back in action by running 2 skills development clinics. 

Sunday 13th September - Compulsory skills development at Danson Dressage
Sunday 27th September - Freestyle skills development, venue TBA.
We are also planning a coach accreditation clinic once we are able to get a coach educator over from interstate.
The Australian National Vaulting Championships has been rescheduled to 25th-27th September 2021 and will be held at Danson Dressage.

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

Carriage Driving

Unfortunately no news to report.

Member Protection Policy and Your Rights and Responsibilities

As a member of Equestrian South Australia, you are protected by the policies and by-laws that govern our association, underpinned by the ESA Constitution. Included in the myriad of resources and documentation available on the ESA website, is the EA Member Protection Policy and the ESA Social Media Policy.

Both of these policies outline the behaviours that will and will not be accepted by the ESA Board or its staff, either in person, on the phone, by email or on social media. While the majority of people remain respectful and positive in their communications, recent posts have been inundated with negative, misinformed and discriminatory comments. In future, these posts will not be tolerated and comments will be deleted, particularly where they are driven by non-ESA members. 

ESA wishes to continue engaging with our members and non-members alike, to share the highs and lows of equestrian sports here in SA. We can only continue to do this, if the people we engage with allow us to do so. Please remember that behind every post, every announcement and every decision are human beings who are working their hardest for the betterment of equestrian sport, and for you, our members. 

Covid-19 Update - Return to Activity Sport & Recreation

COVID-Safe Plans

  • All businesses and defined public activities must have a COVID-Safe Plan before they can commence their activity.
  • When changes to the COVID-Safe Plan parameters are made by the authorities, an updated version will be emailed to those who had previously submitted one.
  • COVID-Safe Plans must be kept available for inspection by authorised officers

COVID Management Plans

  • A COVID Management Plan is required for some specific activities that carry a higher public health risk. These are:
    • Gatherings and activities of more than 1,000 people (this includes sport and entertainment)
    • Licenced premises under the Liquor Licencing Act 1997 where both dancing and the consumption of liquor occurs
  • On Friday 10 July 2020, SA Health released the COVID Management Plan process.
  • Information on the process including the COVID Management Plan template can be found at
  • If you require assistance or have any queries while completing your COVID Management Plan, you can contact SA Health at or on 8226 7100.

Minimising the Spread of Infection

  • Everyone has a role to play to help stop the spread of infection, we must not be complacent.
  • The COVID-19 infection control guidelines for community sport outlines ways you can help.
  • Physical distancing measures of 1.5 metres between people whenever possible, must still be followed.
  • Room/venue limits are subject to the 1 person per 2 square meters rule, the size of the venue will determine capacity.

Public Activities Directions and FAQs

  • The latest versions updated on 9 July can be found here:

Emergency Management (Public Activities No 4)(COVID-19) Directions


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