The National Interschool Championships attracts more than 2000 school based competitors aged 5-18 years old from right around the country. Competitors are required to qualify through from the State Interschool Championships to the National Interschool Championships.
The event is continuing to grow year on year and is a the major focus for young equestrians. It is the largest equestrian grassroots program delivered nationally in Australia.
This annual events are further supported by additional squads and clinics. Each state conducts various programs designed at up skilling school aged competitors in horsemanship as well as improving competition based skills.
Interschool operates under the rules and guidelines of the disciplines of Dressage, Jumping, Eventing and Show Horse. The National Sport Rules are to be followed by all affiliated organisations conducting Interschool events. The National Interschool rulebook is concerned with the regulations governing Interschool events at National Championship level, and may be referred to for guidance in the absence of State guidelines, or where the National Sport Rules for each discipline are not definitive.
The primary objective of Equestrian Australia is the development of horse sports from the participation level to the high performance level. Interschool comprises a competition and educational pathway for young athletes to participate in equestrian sport during their primary and secondary school years. The State Branches of Equestrian Australia co-ordinate the organisation of Interschool competition and training, with the aim of promoting education and sportsmanship to student athletes, educating athletes in horsemanship and horse management, and creating a competitive sporting environment.
Current rules :
National Interschool rules changed on 1 January 2017.
See marked version and summary of changes here.
The 2016 Australian Interschool Championship
At the Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC), Horsley Park NSW from Monday 26th September to Friday 30th September 2016