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Our South Australian heritage is intertwined with horses, for work, sport, pleasure, travel and war.

The legendary Reginald Murray Williams (RMW), Sir Sidney Kidman, South Australian Police Mounted Operations and Tom Roberts called SA home, through to modern-day Olympic medalists Gillian Rolton OAM, Megan Jones and Wendy Schaeffer.


As the colony of South Australia became established, so did the horse-related activities, including the South Australian Mounted Police (1838), Adelaide Hunt Club (1840), The Royal Adelaide Show (1843), The South Australian Jockey Club (1873), The Oakbank Racing Club (1876), The Adelaide Polo Club (1879), The South Australian Trotting Club (1880).


In 1925, a memorial recognising the contribution of the light horse was unveiled on the corner of East and North Terraces.

South Australian horse owners went on to establish the Dressage Club of South Australia, (1950), the first of its kind in Australia. In the same year, with the first-ever dressage event held at any agricultural show in the country conducted at the Royal Adelaide Show. Our state is also home to Western Districts Riding Club (1937), the oldest riding club in SA, while Pegasus Pony Club (1953), is the second oldest pony club in Australia.


Adelaide also witnessed the establishment of The Australian Rough Riders Association (1943), now known as the Australian Professional Rodeo Riders Association, and in 1951, the national office for Equestrian Australia, which in 2003, relocated to Sydney, New South Wales.


Horse SA has released a book in late 2017, about the life of Tom Roberts. Written by Dr. Andrew McLean and Nicki Stuart. It is both a potted history of equestrianism in early South Australian and an analysis of why the early horseman’s methods and theories have carried through to today.


Educational resources

Resources developed for horse owners, notes from workshops, webinar recordings and PowerPoint presentations are available for free online access from the following platforms:


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