Future Horse Safety Australia Clinics 

We are not holding any more clinics in 2018. The next ones will be early in 2019.

If you would like us to email you the dates once they are available:

then download, fill in and return the form below and we will be in touch once the dates are set….

Expression of Interest in future clinics


 Human risk survey







Survey: Human risk perception and safety about horses

This research is focused on identifying and filling the gaps within the equestrian industry with respect to improving WHS practices and providing guidance for regulatory processes. It is being undertaken by PhD candidate Meredith Chapman, Central Queensland University.  Download the survey here. human risk survey  Directions of how to send your completed document to Meredith can be found at the end of the survey.


Horse Safety Australia Inc is a national not  for profit organisation committed to improving the safety record of horse activities in Australia. We are doing this through a number of means:

  • qualifications for horse riding instructors, trainers, clinicians and trail guides
  • horse safety procedures: available to all
  • horse event management assistance
  • tips for safety around horses
  • endorsements of safety products related to horse riding and handling, and WHS issues around horses
  • tips to new riders on what to look for in a riding instructor/trainers/riding schools/trail riding operations
  • working with government departments, council, schools and other groups and individuals to develop good procedures for interactions with horses
  • provision of expert reports linked to litigation and disputes

Our first priority is to help you improve the safety and quality of your horse activity. Our resources are available to any individual or group sharing our commitment to improving the safety and quality of horse related programs.

Horse Safety Australia has been the leader in Australia in setting safety standards for the broader horse industry for many years.

Horse Safety Australia qualifications are mentioned in  Safe Work Australia’s Guide to managing risks with horses (see below) , in the the Education Departments in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria guidelines for horse activities for school students, and in other significant guides to teaching or supervising people around horses.   The units we deliver as part of our qualifications  are linked to the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package through the Registered Training Organisation, Sport SA. These qualifications are widely used in Australia including by those involved in private coaching, riding schools, trail riding, camp horse programs as well as trainers who teach their clients and run horse clinics open to the public.

CODES and Regulations

The most significant document in Australia for horse riding instructors working with beginners:

Safe Work Australia’s  “Guide to managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses…”

Download it here : Safe Work Australia’s Guide for working with those new to horses

ALSO….Now available is the new Safe Work NSW CODE which can be found here:  Safe Work NSW Code


Buying a new Helmet? What are the new European standards? What should you look for?

We are getting lots of calls about what helmet to buy, now that the EN 1384 is not being produced any more….


  • Australian   AS/NZS 3838: 2006 onwards, provided they are SAI Global marked
  • British          PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 provided they are BSI Kitemarked or VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
  • European – VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
  • American   ASTM F1163: 2004a or 04a onwards provided they are marked SEI  or SNELL E2001

 What is the Benchmark or Kitemark?

This is a logo which demonstrates that this group of helmets is being monitored for quality. Without this logo there is no guarantee that the standards are being maintained throughout the production of this helmet…We buy helmets to protect our heads in an impact…there is not much point in having a helmet which looks good, was very expensive, but does not protect our head in an impact! So that is why we recommend only buying helmets with kitemarks/benchmarks/SEI/SNELL authorities which look like this:


Clinics coming up for Professional Trainers

There will be more clinics for Professional Trainers from the AQHA, NCHA and Reining Australia in the future. Dates will be announced soon through the associations and listed on this website.

National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) decommissioned.

The Horse Safety Australia’s qualifications are not, and never were,  linked to the NCAS.   Rather, Horse Safety Australia is linked to the ‘National Training Package’ SIS10 for Sport, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation.


National Training Packages are audited by the government body ‘ASQA’ and delivered by Registered Training Organizations (RTOs). HSA standards are rigorously maintained through our links with a  RTO, and consistency is determined by nationally determined standards for RTO assessors and trainers, in their implementation of the units of competency from the training packages. Horse Safety Australia assessors must meet all these requirements as we deliver units of competency from this Training Package.


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We  are in a partnership with Sport SA (A non government Registered Training Organisation)

We are working in partnership with Sport SA (RTO 2280) www.sportsa.org.au as we run our clinics. They are a great organisation, with people who understand what we do, who are very encouraging, and willing to talk through and accommodate  our needs. We look forward to a fruitful and long association with them.



Instructor Qualifications

Horseriding Instructors (ALL TYPES: English/Western/Natural Horsemanship)

Trail Guides

Qualifications to run horsemanship clinics for Trainers and Clinicians

Do you want qualifications which recognise your horse riding instructing (trail guide) experience ?

See the “Clinics” section for information on a  nationally recognised training which acknowledges your background working with horses and people. These workshops (clinics), involve a n assessment process, and cover risk management, communication skills and concentrate on safety; and are regularly run throughout Australia.


Horse Welfare and Wellbeing Toolkit can be found here:  HOR0288_Horse_welfare_and_well-being_toolkit_WEB

This is a useful resource when you are thinking about hot weather policies and biosecurity issues for horses, especially if you are running events. And don’t forget the wellbeing of your humans too!



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