About Horse SA

Horse SA provides services for horse owners and the horse community through:


  • The collection and dissemination of information through communication channels including the website, e-news, Facebook, face to face meetings and events


  • Services which support and enable coordination, sustainability, planning, development, knowledge, skills and capacity 


  • Liaison with government agencies, monitoring legislation, policy and contribution to public consultations



And importantly, recognition of the horse as a part of our culture and heritage.


Common interest topics for all horse owners include recreational trails, facilities, sustainable land management, biosecurity, horse health & welfare, road safety.  Club and business development interests including workplace safety, child safe environments, equine law, governance and business practices.


The horse community includes non-profits, businesses, volunteers and individual horse owners in roles including advocating, promoting and if required, representing. Membership is invited from any people or entities that are associated with, or servicing, the horse community, and have an interest in horses.


The Horse Federation of South Australia Incorporated (Trading as Horse SA) is governed by a Management Committee (see below). Key guiding documents include the Constitution, Strategic Plan and Policies. The Annual Report 2019 outlines the achievements of the past twelve months.

The organisation is funded by a mix of member fees, sponsorship, event income and government grants averaging around $120,000 turn-over per annum. Incorporated on 9th December 1999, the organisation relies on volunteers, supported by the Executive Officer Julie Fiedler (part-time) and Administration Officer Kelly White (casual).

MC job description

Dr. Lisa McDonald- Chair

I am an interdisciplinary consultant and educator, with interests in cultural research, media, communications, and the arts. I hold a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of South Australia, and have drawn on this field to explore a range of research interests, including the intersection of the arts, humanities, and sciences, and ‘interspecies’, or human-animal relations. Over the past twenty years I’ve been teaching and researching in related fields in Australian universities, and have developed a passion for ‘generative’ ways of doing things – how we can think inventively to create cultural change. 


I became interested in the discipline of carriage driving a few years ago, and through that, the transformative presence of horses in my life. My attention is currently focused on:


  • cultural concepts and understandings of horses

  • educational approaches and social knowledge in horse training

  • collaborative work in horse management, policy, and welfare

  • horses in rural and regional Australia

  • horses ‘in the air’ – horse discourse in the digital era

  • equine and human bodies

  • horse stories.

You can learn more about me from my LinkedIn profile where you are welcome to connect.

​Dr Kirrilly Thompson Vice Chair

Pony Club Australia National Participation Manager

Cultural Anthropologist (special interest: human-horse bond)
Visit Linked-in profile here.


Currently vacant.

Peter Oborn- Treasurer

Current: President  Dressage Club of South Australia

Denis Edmonds APM

Retired Police Officer
Past member of SAPOL Mounted Cadre
Current roles include AI3DE Incident Investigator, Registrar Racing Appeals Tribunal

Melanie Scott

Planner, Adelaide Hills Council
President, South Australian Endurance Riders Assoc.

Judith Leeson AM

Current horse industry connections:

  • Career development and transition services to the SA Jockey Association.


Skill sets where I can provide evidence of transferrable skills, motivated by passion.

  • Advocate for human and horse welfare, and the influence of public perception on the Social Licence to Operate.

  • Promote horse-human interventions and relationships based on evidence, with horse welfare at its centre.

  • Develop education programs that inform and enable the equestrian and racing community to collaborate.

  • Influence strategies and policies that reinforce the role of the horse in our heritage and culture.

Judith's Linked-in profile is here.

Catherine Hollingsworth

Catherine is a senior planning officer with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, with extensive previous experience as an urban planner in the City of Adelaide and in Planning SA. She is an endurance rider and breeds Connemara ponies, and is actively involved in the South Australian Endurance Riders Association and the Connemara Pony Breeders Society of Australia.

In October 2019 Catherine was appointed as the Registrar of the Connemara Breeders’ Society of Australia. https://www.facebook.com/jumpingconnemaras/

Reagan Garner

More info soon

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Executive Officer

Julie is the part-time Executive Officer of Horse SA, a position commenced in March 2001. Julie's profile can be found on Linked-in.

Kelly White

Kelly is a casual staff member, providing valuable support for Horse SA through administration and bookkeeping roles.

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Life members

Paul Mabarrack

Paul Mabbarack is recognised for taking a key role in leading the vision to establish Horse SA. Paul has a particular interest in cultural heritage, trails and the value of work to continue to recognisee horses in our community.

Pam Brookman

Horses and horse riding, especially trail riding has been my passion from a very young age. My early years were on a farm at Meningie and in those days (1960’s) you could basically ride and camp with your horse anywhere. I remember some wonderful camps along the Coorong, around Lake Albert and in the Flinders Ranges. But that has all changed. Mostly where we could ride and camp then, is now not allowed. It is for this reason and a later passion to see horses managed on land in a sustainable manner for both the land and the horse that I joined Horse SA and have continued to support it.  I see Horse SA as the most valuable tool horses owners and riders in SA have to preserve areas where we can keep and ride our horses in a society and government that is making this increasingly difficult.

Helen Whittle

I was a founding member of Horse SA because I firmly believed at the time that the ‘culture of the horse’ was being eroded in our society – losing local trails, roads becoming too dangerous to ride on, subdivisions taking over where there were once pony clubs & people riding, less knowledge being passed on. The vast, fragmented horse industry needed one voice to speak up on matters relevant to the many and various groups. I continue to support Horse SA because the organisation will always have work to do. We have a body that educates and advocates on behalf of people and horses. It continues to evolve as society has different expectations (even if horses don’t change), and remains relevant to seasoned horse owners & first horse buyers alike.

Gary Slack

Gary Slack is a founding member of Horse SA. Gary has an interest in wider industry development, cross-organisation collaboration, and encouraging new people into horse-related activities.

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Horse SA 
82 Onkaparinga Valley Rd  
South Australia 5244  

Mob: 0402488306

ABN:  80915482672
Incorporation No. A05065


We acknowledge the support of the Government of South Australia, through a grant from the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing

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