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Risk Management for Clubs and Event Organisers
Source: EA National Website
Risk management has become a "hot" topic since the rather drastic changes in the insurance market following the events of September 11, 2001, and the collapse of HIH and other insurers.
The rules and regulations of Equestrian Australia and that of its parent body, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), have been a solid base for risk management in the sport. Technical Delegates and Ground Juries carry out checks, course designers work within a system of rules, there are Safety Committees that review risk aspects, and all rider and horse falls are reported for further analysis and action where appropriate. The EA is also taking part in a falls monitoring project with the Research Centre for Injury Studies at Flinders University in South Australia (see also Rider Safety).
Equestrian Australia has been promoting the ongoing development of risk management plans by equestrian clubs and other event organisers. The EA has also introduced a new affiliation policy that requires clubs to submit their risk management plans if they wish to be affiliated after 01 July 2004. We have prepared some documentation that will assist clubs in their development of a risk management system. The documentation is by no means perfect and will be upgraded over time.
In other words, we are constantly working on making Equestrian sport safer.