It’s been another exciting month for Equestrian sport both at home and abroad. This time of year will see the competition heat up as we make the final run into the Christmas period.
While there have been many memorable performances from our athletes in the last month, one that has captured much media attention has been former Sydney rider Edwina Alexander. The Aussie rider will head into the final of the Global Champions Tour on top of the ladder after her recent second place finish in Rio. Her story has captured much media attention including an in-depth feature in the Sydney Morning Herald click here to read the SMH article.
Boyd Exell has continued his winning streak, winning five competitions in a row. Aussie Chris Burton put in solid performances as part of the FEI World Cup Eventing Series to finish second overall after impressive performances both in Australia and overseas.
This weekend will be a busy time for many athletes and event organisers with the Sydney International 3 Day Event, first Paralympic Nomination Event in Tamworth as well as Blenheim CCI3* (UK) where our Aussie Eventers will look to qualify for London 2012.
New EA partner in IRT
Long standing equestrian supporters IRT have officially come on board as a support partner of Equestrian Australia, which will not only see them continue to support events right around the country, but also the EA Sport Achievement Awards, Equestrian Grand Final and seven other events.
This partnership provides IRT not only with national recognition through EA initiatives, but will also EA working closely with event organisers around the country to provide a truly national sponsorship.
For full details on this partnership, please click here
EA ICT Project
Development continues on EA’s new Information Communication Technology project which is due to launch later this year. This exciting project is more than just a website – it will feature a new membership portal, event management and registration system, education resources, online television as well as an online shop.
Equestrian Australia’s Chair and each State Chair recently issued an open letter to the membership to provide further insight into the project – I would encourage all those interested to have a look at the letter. Please click here to read the letter.
For all the latest developments, including the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ please click here.
High Performance – Roadmap to Success
A new framework for Equestrian Australia’s (EA) High Performance Program has been released, as the sport looks to develop an integrated pathway for competitors across all equestrian disciplines.
With the additional funding received from the Federal Government through the Australian Sports
Commission (ASC) and based on EA’s strategic priorities (Creating our future: 2010-2016), EA was able to expand its High Performance Program (HPP).In addition to increased benefits for elite level competitors the program will now better capture up-and-coming athletes and horses through talent identification programs for the Olympic/Paralympic disciplines and will now also include non-Olympic disciplines.
The new framework builds on the success Australia has generated in the past, as the organisation look towards London 2012 and beyond.
For full details on the new high performance framework click here
Inaugural Equestrian Education Conference
More than 110 delegates from around the country attended the inaugural Equestrian Education Conference at the Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park from 6-7 August.
Delegates provided positive feedback after hearing from a wide range of speakers across broad ranging topics including performance horse nutrition, issues in horse welfare, working with volunteers as well as addressing the generational gap.
This conference was about bringing together coaches, officials and educators in sport to provide them with the opportunity to hear from industry leaders as well as network with others in the field. Building on the success for the first year, the conference will look to be held biannually.
For all the highlights from the 2011 conference, click here
Equestrian Grand Final – exciting announcement coming soon!
The final rounds of the qualifiers for the Equestrian Grand Final are underway, as excitement for the 2011 Equestrian Grand Final begins to grow. Some of the top riders in the country have already secured their spots, as competitors battle it out for their chance to compete for the prize pool.
Held as part of EQUITANA, which will held at Sydney Showgrounds this year, the event is set to attract thousands of fans and spectators.
Equestrian Australia and EQUITANA are due to make a major announcement in the coming weeks – so stay tuned to the EA website for more details.
Til next month,