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The annual ESA Awards night was held on Saturday 1st Feb at the Hahndorf Old Mill. Over 210 members attended the evening, celebrating the equestrian achievements of 2019.

We would like to thank Michael Clark for being a fabulous MC and PYT Photography for capturing some great images throughout the evening.  If you would like to view/purchase any images view the PYT Photography Facebook page.  Click Here
ESA congratulates all of our finalists and award winners. For a full list of winners, please click the button below.

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Since the release of the 2019 Governance Review, the ESA board have been working through the list of recommendations and taking action to achieve as many of the suggestions as possible. A key recommendation was the instalment of an interim independent Chair, for a period of 12-24 months. The board is currently working with the Office for Recreation and Sport on identifying and assessing potential candidates to this position. Many of the subsequent recommendations will depend on the appointment of the Chair, and thus have not yet been progressed.
In the meantime, the board have been working towards:
  • identifying ESA’s strategic direction; 
  • drafting formal position descriptions and induction processes for board directors and ESA staff, and 
  • working with EA and the state branches on consistent and consolidated policies and procedures.
The ESA board are committed to making changes for the betterment of the organisation and equestrian sport in general.


We are currently taking expressions of interest from members who may be interested in becoming an official EA Measuring Steward.
EA Measuring Stewards are experienced equestrian enthusiasts. Regardless of their background, formal training or life experiences, EA Measurers offer our equestrian community a wealth of knowledge, dedication and skills that enable them to perform their duties to the highest standard.
The EA Stewards program is a National Program, which aims to further enhance the reputation and quality of EA Competitions. This training program produces specialists who volunteer their time and effort to facilitate a fair and level playing field with emphasis on the welfare of the horse in EA and FEI competition.
If you are interested in becoming a Measuring Steward, please contact with confirmation of the following pre-requisites. Successful candidates will be notified before the end of February.
EA Measuring Steward Program Pre-requisites
  • All course candidates must attain the following prerequisites prior to enrolling in this course:
  • 21 years of age
  • Current EA Membership (Supporter, Participant or Competitor)
  • Attendance to a syllabus training seminar
  • Personal fitness level that will enable them to physically complete the practical requirements of the course, and the duties required of an EA Measuring Steward
  • Completion of Introductory Level Officiating General Principles (
  • At least one of the following:
    • Be currently (or previously*) responsible for the day to day care of a horse, for at least a 2 year period
    • Be currently (or previously*) an EA competitor at an Official EA Competition
    • Be currently (or previously*) an EA Official having officiated at EA/FEI Competitions
    • Be a practicing or retired registered Veterinarian
    • Be a practicing or retired Farrier
*Please note the term “previously” in this context is defined as, and limited to, a period of no more than 6 years earlier.


ESA currently has a 40% discount on all membership levels from now until 30 June 2020. This is a pro-rata discount, designed to encourage new or renewing members to take advantage of a cheaper membership before the end of the financial year. If you know someone who wants to sign up, please direct them to the online registration form here: Or the renewal process via MyEA:
And to find out more about ESA membership and benefits, click here.


To check the upcoming competitions and training days for each discipline, please search the ESA calendar, or visit the individual discipline Facebook pages:


The SA Show Jumping Committee are currently in the process of filling four casual vacancies on their discipline committee. Expressions of interest have now closed and successful candidates will be notified before being advertised to the wider Jumping community.
For up to date information about Jumping, please follow and like the SA Jumping Facebook page.


Registrations for the 2020 Interschool competition year are now open. Registrations and school consent forms are available via Nominate:
For up to date information, please like and follow the Interschool Facebook page.

Show Horse

For all the latest results and updates, please check our Facebook page.
The 2019 Show Horse Nationals was a great show across the board for SA, with leading rein, rider, hack and hunter winners.
On Sunday 5 January, the Gillian Rolton Youth Development workshop took place with our junior show riders travelling from around the state to attend. Each rider received an individual lesson from the highly accredited coach, Brett Parbery, with improvement seen in all lessons and plenty of learnings by all participants.
Attendees also watched Felicity from Compassionate Horsemanship perform an in-hand and ridden demonstration on how to successfully prepare your horse for a show ring environment, as well as improving everyday handling. The selectors were pleased with the development of all participants and the final winner for the 2019 Scholarship was Jaimee Lea Bruggemann.
The first Newstar show was held on Sunday 2 February with interstate judge Jess Cambell and SA’s Serena Polenka. The show was a great success with full results and a list of sponsors on our Facebook page.


For updates and latest information, please like and follow the Eventing Facebook page.
The 2020 Eventing calendar is available on the ESA website.
Some good news for 2 Star eventers is that the Reynella Horse Trials Committee has responded to requests to add a 2 Star class to their 28 & 29 March 2020 Event. This will be dependent on receiving a minimum of eight entries. If you’d like the 2-Star to go ahead, please enter via Nominate. 


For all the latest in Dressage, please like and follow our Facebook page.
Along with Show Horse and Carriage Driving, Dressage SA held a combined Youth Development Scholarship weekend on 4 and 5 January 2020. 
Overall, the weekend was successful with the exception that Brett had to leave early due to the fires. However, he made sure that each of the Youth riders received their lessons.
Saturday saw the dressage riders taking their lessons, with an invitation extended to Show Horse and Carriage Driving to attend as spectators and participate in the open forum and dinner at the completion of the day. The open forum and shared dinner on the Saturday evening proved to be a good opportunity for young riders to speak with Brett and get insight of how to build resilience, pick a suitable coach and what to look for in a horse. Though the young riders were a little shy to start with, once they started asking questions everyone settled in.
The Sunday session was running well until the DSA Chair, was slightly late with the shared lunch. Thankfully no-one starved and riders from all three disciplines enjoyed their shared lunch. Show Horse provided a Horse Desensitisation Demonstration at lunch, which was received well from all riders from each discipline.
Brett Parbery was very positive and encouraging of our young riders, advising that SA has very talented up and comers, with the potential to go all the way with the right guidance and support. 
The Dressage Committee thanks the Board for sourcing the grant to provide our young riders with the opportunity to train with one of Australia's best Dressage riders. 

Youth Development weekend 
Back Row L-R Clancy Lyons, Chelsea Clarke, Claire Nitschke, Coach Brett Parbery, Nicole Berry 
Front Row L-R Selector Prue Copping, Ruby Allen, Kaitlin Petney, Olivia Buchanan, Keeley Menadue, Brooke Sparkes
Missing Phoebe Seneca
Don’t forget the Vanessa Way masterclass happening in April – details below.



 Vaulting is one of the smallest equestrian sports. It is a combination of gymnastics and dance on horseback. It combines strength, flexibility and artistry along with teamwork and harmony with your horse. Vaulters have the option to compete individually, in pairs, or in teams.
Recently we had the Gillian Rolton Youth Development Scholarship workshop, where Victorian coach and international vaulter, Ellen Vincent, came over and did a two-day clinic for scholarship finalists. It was an excellent experience and the vaulters all learnt a lot. We are grateful to Ellen for sharing her knowledge. We would also like to thank Alix Bell who was our selector for the scholarship.
Congratulations to the winner, Florence Simpson from Quicksilver Vaulting Academy.
We also had a successful session at the ESA Multi-discipline clinic with seven participants, five of whom had never tried vaulting before!
The first vaulting competition of 2020 will be held on 21 March at Kersbrook Equestrian Centre.
If you would like to try vaulting, please contact one of the clubs in South Australia and organise a come a try session:
  • Acacia Gold Vaulting Club, located in Springton
  • PhEVA Heights Equestrian Vaulting, located in Reeves Plains
  • Quicksilver Vaulting Academy, located in Cockatoo Valley
  • Wilameka Equestrian, located in Birdwood
For all the latest on Vaulting, follow and like the Vaulting Facebook page.

Carriage Driving

Driving is the oldest competitive equestrian sport. It is a discipline without riders; instead, drivers sit on a vehicle drawn by a single horse, a pair or a team of four.
It consists of three phases: Dressage, Marathon and Obstacle Driving. Final placing is determined by the sum of the penalties accumulated over the three trials.
Nowadays, mechanical vehicles have eliminated the need for horses as a primary form of transportation and Driving has turned into a fast-growing sports discipline.
For the latest updates on ESA Carriage Driving, keep an eye on our Facebook page.


ASADA has released a new online course for grassroots and pathway athletes – Clean Sport 101.
Clean Sport 101 is a simple 15-minute course which gives a snapshot of the rules and the potential dangers, with helpful hints and resources to help keep athletes clean and fair throughout their sporting journey.
It is designed for young pathway athletes early in their careers who are very unlikely to be tested. Clean Sport 101 was developed in response to feedback from sports, parents and athletes who wanted a less technical option than the Level 1 course for younger athletes.
The course is written for Year 8 level comprehension, and is available on ASADA’s eLearning website


As a not-for-profit, ESA are constantly seeking sponsorship to help support our committee members, volunteers and athletes, either financially or through in-kind partnerships. If you know of a business who would like to collaborate with ESA, please direct them to the manager, via

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