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List your club, event venue, racecourse or private equestrian facility on a South Australian Horse Industry Google Map

Let people know where your venue is located, link website or Facebook for more info.

List key facilities, note if available for hire

By inquiry is your venue available for horse owner to relocate to ahead of a natural disaster? (if this is the only service, please list with Open Paddocks or other sites).
Features include opt-out, ability to update listing

Building on a previous project, South Australian horse venue managers can upload info and when approved, it will appear on a Google map.

Horse Tourism Providers Info & Networking

7pm 3 March at The Haus, Hahndorf. A one-hour free info and networking event for business owners and community providers of horse activities, events and destination based experiences. Target audience includes riding centres, equestrian sports, racing, vocational education, trail riding, carriage drives and more^!

Join Bill Nehmy and Sally Smith of Adelaide Hills Tourism to look at:

• Role of Adelaide Hills Tourism – Working Better Together, Marketing, Capability and Capacity Building

• Importance of horse activities in tourism offering – discussion around Tourism Sentiment Index results, popularity of horse information on the website, role in key messaging

• Ways Adelaide Hills Tourism can promote horse-based activities – website, social media, visitor guide, media and trade enquiries (+ local media e.g. Q&A), SATC briefings

• How to get involved – Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW), Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre engagement, send us updates/press releases

This Adelaide Hills tourism region falls within the council boundaries of the Adelaide Hills Council and the District Council of Mount Barker.

^ May include organised tag-along rides for people with own horses, human/horse therapy clinics with accommodation provided or other experience involving horses organised by a business or non-profit.

Enq:   Download flyer.

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest drops in on Livestock SA-Horse SA Mixed Livestock Property Owners meeting.

Unbelievable night of cooperation, collaboration and goodwill at the Livestock SA @Horse SA Mixed Livestock info session at Woodside 09.01.2020. Guests included Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest of Minderoo Foundation (helicoptered in- just like that!) Vickie Chapman MP Attorney-General/Deputy Premier, Minister for Primary Industries Tim Whetstone - Member for Chaffey Minister for Environment David Speirs MPDan Cregan Member for Kavel, Alex Zimmermann, Recovery Manager, from SA Recovery, Chair Livestock SA Joe Keynes, and CEO Andrew Curtis, Horse SA Chair Lisa McDonald, Board members Denis Edmonds and Melanie Scott. Mary Totterill PIRSA, James Hall Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board Red Cross and sorry if have forgotten anyone else or missed in the audience. Oakbank Racing Club received a big round of applause for supporting the Fodder Depot. Also to the many helpers including Sue Brown and the Australian Army!

Kidman Trail update

The Kidman Trail has escaped with all but minor damage so far this summer. Horse riders and other trail users should be aware that the trail sections between Nairne and Tungkillo, which are on regular roads, will be busier than normal in the next few months. These sections are now regularly utilised by trucks, tractors and other heavy vehicles involved in clean up and rebuild. Firetrucks, water tankers and farm fire fighting units also having increased traffic in the areas as patrolling and flare-ups occur. ForestrySA has not yet provided public notices, but if following in the same as Sampson Flat, any fire-affected forest sections will be closed until safety issues associated with falling trees is sorted.

A note from Horse SA Chair Dr Lisa McDonald

It seems no time at all since Horse SA’s AGM in November, a time of both remembrance and welcome as we bid farewell to outgoing Chair Denis Edmonds and the Board supported my appointment. In settling in to the role, I’ve been buoyed by the commitment of the Board to Horse SA’s varied mission, and the ongoing skills, knowledge, and dedication of Horse SA staff, Executive Officer Julie Fiedler and Kelly White in administration.

Horse SA occupies a unique position in its multidimensional engagement with the strategic aims of government, the everyday concerns of the horse industry, and broader interaction with diverse horse communities. I became interested in Horse SA on my return to Adelaide from a three-year university research position in regional Queensland. I’d developed a connection to horses through a friend acquiring a warmblood, and later, I developed an interest in carriage driving. Spending real time with horses, for the first time in my life, had highlighted shortfalls in my knowledge of them as well as other vulnerabilities – what were these creatures, and how should I approach them? Horse SA offered accessible pathways to the expertise I needed, and of course, my learning continues. Read more here.

Horse SA Bushfire noticeboard

Key notices which appear on Facebook will be repeated on the noticeboard, for those who do not have FB access. Bookmark the noticeboard page today.

Note this is for key information, Facebook is most active for general assistance for finding temporary paddocks etc. e.g. Open Paddocks 

REPORT TABLED: Inquiry into the feasibility of a traceability register for all horses

The Australian Senate Report relating to the Inquiry into the feasibility of a national horse traceability register has been tabled. It can be downloaded from this page.

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:

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.

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


Need to join Horse SA?

Photo: iStock

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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