About the project

Equestrian Australia is the national body responsible for horse sports in Australia. Equestrian is one of the few sports in which men and women compete as equals and one of only two Olympic sports that involves two athletes, equine and human (the other being modern pentathlon). The bond between the rider and horse is the key to a successful partnership and what makes the sport so exceptional.

For success at an elite level, Australian riders need to participate on the world stage particularly in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe. Because the welfare of the horse is paramount, the cost of training and competing overseas places a heavy burden on riders and their families. 

The sport offers opportunities to compete in a number of disciplines:

  • the three Olympic disciplines of Dressage, Eventing and Jumping;
  • the Paralympic discipline of Dressage;
  • Carriage Driving; 
  • Endurance;
  • Reigning;
  • Show Horse; and
  • Vaulting

Six projects have been set up to assist Equestrian Australia’s work in:

  • developing our best riders with the aim of building on Australia’s long tradition of Olympic Games success achieved by dual gold medallists: Phillip Dutton, Laurie Morgan and Gillian Rolton; and triple gold medallists: Andrew Hoy and Matt Ryan; and setting new benchmarks at Paralympics, World Equestrian Games (WEG) and other international competitions to match or exceed the successes of dual Paralympic gold medallist, Julie Higgins; and multiple World Champion Carriage Driver, Boyd Exell;
  • encouraging and supporting future generations of riders and horses to reach their potential;  
  • developing a world class system of coaches and officials to support the sport of equestrian; and
  • researching and implementing world class safety management initiatives tominimise the risk inherently involved in our sport.

To help us maintain Australia’s standing as a top ranking equestrian nation, you can choose to fund one of these projects:

We have also established a special project aimed to make Eventing safer. This project will provide research and tangible outcomes that enable world-class risk management and safety practices for Eventing competitions. 

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