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Horse SA AGM 2019

Thank you to all who attended the Horse SA AGM. We welcome the 2019/2020 Management Committee. Chair: Dr Lisa McDonald. V-Chair: Dr Kirrilly Thompson. Treasurer: Peter Oborn Secretary: Denzil O’Brien. General members: Denis Edmonds, Melanie Scott, Catherine Hollingsworth, Judith Leeson, Reagan Garner.  The Annual Report can be downloaded here:

Government to prohibit horse riding in Glenthorne Park

Horse riders will be prohibited from Glenthorne Farm, an ex-horse property where military and farm horses serviced our state. This is the news following today’s release of the draft Master Plan for public feedback. While there is existing possible use of the nearby O Halloran Hill Recreation Park by horse riders (+ cyclists and walkers), just like the Craigburn Farm horse trail network, no horse float park is provided, which makes both trail networks almost inaccessible for horse riders.

Horses and horse riders are a legitimate part of our community, recognised with a historical connection to Glenthorne Farm. As a part of the community, the celebration of this heritage should be welcomed and investigated (e.g. permit option, riding on boundary fire track options etc.).  Access to Glenthorne Park, as with walkers and cyclists, is sought.

Glenthorne Park website & Have your say here:

What services do you purchase in the care of your horses?

Skills Impact, would like to invite you to complete a survey about horse care and the use of specific services within the industry. We would like to hear from you, whether you are an individual horse owner or represent a business. The results of this survey will help in developing a project proposal for reviewing current and future skills standards and qualifications. Please help us find out! By clicking on this survey link to take this 2-5 minute survey.

National horse traceability register

Concerned about what the ABC 7.30 report showed 17.10.19 regarding horses/welfare? The Australian Senate has an inquiry underway about establishing a National Horse Traceability Register. Take action: Email to your local Federal MP, Senator and the Prime Minister. Download contact list.

Horse SA has provided a submission, attended as a witness at 20 Sept. public hearing (day 2, session2) and provided additional documents, including a letter reinforcing the need for Australian Standards and Guidelines for Horse Welfare. If modelled on EU regulations, horse ID records can display an opt-out of slaughter (refer to Horse SA submission).  Horse SA has an online webinar discussing a future traceability register 7pm Tues 22 Oct. Register link is below.

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Visit the Horse SA events and webinar page

January 01, 2020

Stable design, safety in the horse workplace, business boot camp and more! Visit the Horse SA event page.

Is your [horse] business promoted on Linked-in?

Is your SA horse business (or national business servicing SA) on linked-in? Horse SA has set up a page for export-ready companies, or those receiving inbound tourists or students, to build connections with industry professionals, an invite can be sent to the page. Email with the link. Photo: iStock

Join or renew with Horse SA today- and your membership goes through to Dec 2020!

** Clubs, if a member of Horse SA- your members can access discount ticket at events etc. Value add to your club! Clubs $55 Business $65 Individual $40 Concession $30 - Memberships (non-voting) welcome from around Australia & International. Join via online store or download membership form 
Enquiries: or PM via Facebook.

Australian Government Inquiry into the feasibility of a national horse register- transcripts now online

Public hearing Hansard (transcripts) from 4 Sept in Sydney and 20 Sept in Canberra now available for download.

#Climatechange for Horse Owners

Climate Change action for horse owners & clubs: Did you know that Horse SA has a couple of info sheets available? Download from this page

New national units of competency: (Large) Animal Incident Management

Congratulations! This is 10 years of work by lots of people coming to fruition! Today, (Large) Animal Incident Management Units of Competency are on FOR ALL Events- workplaces- emergency services where people interact with horses/cattle/large animals

A world first! Go to then National Register of Vet then use quick search for ‘large animal’ Project history - (submitted units are now approved) Thank you to everyone involved worldwide!

Free Child Safe Environment Resources now available for Horse SA business members

Attention Horse SA members - Help to meet your Child Safe Environment legal requirements with resources developed with Horse SA by the Department for Human Services. These FREE resources have a focus for coaching or tuition services for children (e.g. a horse-riding instructor) OR commercial services provided directly to children, including:

a) the sale or supply of goods or services where physical contact with children
     would reasonably be expected to occur (e.g. pony rides)

b) recreational services where contact with children would be reasonably 
     expected to occur (trail rides), and

c)  entertainment services provided at children parties or events (e.g. parties)

The SA Gov has asked that the FREE resources are only made available to Horse SA members as they are tailored. Email stating which Horse SA member business represented for a link to a Google Drive folder containing:

1) Explainer recorded PowerPoint with voice over

2) Fact Sheet: Sole trader

3) Template:   Sole trader child safe policy

The Office for Recreation, Sport & Racing can assist clubs


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Informing a social licence to operate communication framework

Informing a social licence to operate communication framework: Attitudes to sport horse welfare. (PowerPoint)

Download notes for the above presentation  Presented 20 August 2019, International Society for Equitation Science Conference, The University of Guelph, Canada.

Thank you to Horse SA Management Committee and members for the opportunity to do this as a student of Central Queensland University.  You can read more about Horse SA's social licence work here> 

Horse Trail Infrastructure Guidelines

New guide for horse trail advocates and planners.

Perpetual Calendar for Horse Owners

Completed with contributions from Horse SA members, this Perpetual Calendar combines a handy monthly reference with information about horse care and land care. Download and print the pages that interest you or the entire 25 page document. A high resolution file is available on request if printing copies. This project is supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Horse SA.

Department of Agriculture Information for Studbook Registrars

Following a letter sent earlier in the year by Horse SA to Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham Minister for Trade in relation to how studbooks could become listed with the EU (and meet future trade/import requirements), the Australian Government Department for Agriculture has today (31.06.2019) provided a response to Horse SA which includes the following:  

1. Under Regulation (EU) 2016/1012 the European Commission requires that applications for recognition of studbooks and breeding societies to be submitted via a ‘competent authority’ to enable trade of horses for breeding purposes.


2. As the Australian Government does not manage breeding books as per European competent authority requirements, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is offering to facilitate the submission of applications for Australian horse breeding associations and societies seeking listing in the European Union through its representative in Brussels.


3. Applicants should be familiar with the requirements established under Regulation (EU) 2016/1012 , available at:


4. Applications should only be made where the applicant can demonstrate consistent and/or significant trade interest in horses or their germinal products into the EU.


5. Applications are to be sent to (if your organisation has a representative on the Department of Agriculture Horse Industry Consultative Committee, then there is the opportunity to work through your rep.)



END of Dept Ag message notes. 

Horse SA has a FB closed group 'Australian Horse Studbook Registrars' which may be of interest to join.  Horse SA enquiries

Link: Dept. Agriculture Horse Industry Consultative Committee

Kidman Trail small section of Penna Road closed.

Trail users will need to utilise the adjacent road. A car has crashed through the step over, end assembly and taken out some fence line. Closed until repairs are done. This will not affect the continuation of the trail, use the adjacent road with care. 

Memorandum of Understanding between horse councils

Horse SA would like to thank the Normandie Horse Council for hosting a recent visit by Dirk Beelen, Director Europe,  SA Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment and EO Julie Fiedler. Arising out of building cooperation through the inter-generational submarine project between South Australia and France in culture, arts and sport, the visit had a focus on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two horse councils. An excerpt is below:

Both parties agree to bring their expertise and skill to develop the collaboration in the following areas:

  • student and intern exchange;

  • extension of exchange programs (summer camps etc…);

  • transfer of professional expertise;

  • elaboration of “market gates” between the two countries

  • visits, internships and equestrian and linguistic training courses in both countries;

  • participation of both parties’ employees in joint projects and commitment to the sustainability of the partnership;

  • exchanges of visibility;

  • collaboration between French and Australian stud farms;

  • exchange and collaboration between French and Australian start-ups in the equine industry;

  • exchange and collaboration between French and Australian riding-clubs


The e-news header photo shows the signing ceremony with (left to right) Dirk Beelen, SA Government; Laurence Meunier, Chair of Normandie Horse Council and Pôle Hippolia ; Julie Fiedler Horse SA ;  Augustin BERTHION, Project Officer for International Cooperation, European and International Department, Normandie Region. Later in the day a visit to Haras National Saint Lo, a venue for a past World Equestrian Games.

The visit also included meeting with the Brittany Horse Council at Haras National de Lamballe, and with Berengere Lacroix, Director, Selle Francais Studbook, Emilie Goulas of UELN, World Horse Identification and Data Exchange Committee and Innovation Manager at the French Institute of the Horse and Riding, and Anne Jumacourt of Normandy Horse Commerce.

Information gathered will be shared in various formats including a short report to be uploaded online, webinars, meetings and at events, such as the upcoming Horse SA Breeding Seminar.

Special thanks to organisations who hosted visits on the (self-funded) UK leg: World Horse Welfare, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, The Horse Trust and National Equine Welfare Council AGM at HEROS thoroughbred rehoming and youth education farm.  

Kidman Trail Updates

Since last November, there has been ‘heaps good’ work being undertaken on The Kidman Trail thank you to the Office for Recreation, Sport & Racing, DPTI, Councils, volunteers & contractors.

- Audit of all infrastructure and ID of jobs to do.

- Installation of missing minor signage + new to fill gaps (posts, trail markers, fingerboard signs Mt Pleasant)

- Design, manufacture and install (underway) of 13 new trail head signs

- The ‘ID jobs’ are now funded to undergo further costing, planning e.g. trail head for Stockwell; ready to apply for funding as available.  Enquiries

Presentations online for Sport Horse Welfare and Social Licence to Operate event

Now uploaded all PowerPoints and Videos of talks presented on day 1 of 'Sport Horse Welfare and Social Licence to Operate' professional development event, Hahndorf, South Australia, 13/14 Feb 2019. Photo of Professor Emeritus Mellor taken by Cristina Wilkins for Horse SA. Visit here (No recordings for day 2, as this was run as a facilitated workshop) Notes may be available online in the future.

Free download of Five Domain Animal Welfare Assessment resources

Click through to download the Five Domains Animal Welfare Assessment chart and cartoon prompt. 
The free download journal article 'Operational Details of the Five Domains Model and Its Key Applications to the Assessment and Management of Animal Welfare' D.J.Mellor is here.

Horse SA is seeking to recruit suitable applicants to co-opt onto our Management Committee (MC).

Are you passionate about our South Australian horse industry and community? Do you have excellent networks? Are you open to sharing your strategic level expertise in governance, financial management, administration, grant writing, project management, IT, WHS, government relations or recreational trail advocacy?

We are also ready to listen and find about your other life, education and work skills which may contribute to the overall strategic approach of Horse SA related to advocacy, communication and education.

Young people (over 18 years) are also invited to apply, as we work as a team and it’s a great way to experience how this type of organisation runs while developing new skills.

General information about Horse SA, including an MC job description, is available here

Meetings are currently held on a Wednesday evening at Woodside every second month for 1.5 hrs. Access to the Internet and email is a requirement.

Potentially interested? You are invited send an email of introduction (and CV if available or Linked-in URL) noting that the MC Job Description has been read to Julie Fiedler Enquiries: Mob 0402488306

Photo of MC February 2019 (LtR) Ashley Kramer (no longer active), Denis Edmonds (current Chair), Peter Oborn (Treasurer), Dr Kirrilly ThompsonChari-lee Zanker (Youth rep), Denzil O'Brien (Secretary), Melanie Scott.

AON offer 20% discount on insurance for Horse SA members

Aon has partnered with Horse SA to provide up to 20% discount on Public & Products Liability Insurance to it’s members


Our Insurance package offers cover for :

  • Teaching riders at all levels and disciplines

  • Providing tuition on school horses or student’s horses

  • Training third party horses

  • A variety of different equine based activities

  • $10 Million & $20 Million public liability and professional indemnity available

For more information contact our Equine Service Team today.

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