QLD:23-27 April near Gympie: Registration Form – rego Kiah QLD April 2018

NSW: Canyonleigh near Moss Vale:  Registration Form- rego Kiah QLD April 2018

SA: near Strathalbyn 8-12 June: Registration Form – rego Wirraway SA June 2018



Breaking News: National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) decommissioned.

Firstly: 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.



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 industry for many years.

Horse Safety Australia certification is recognised by  Safe Work Australia, the Education Departments in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria and by the Australian Horse Industry Council, by Adventure Activity Standards and 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.

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 and comes into place at the start of February 2017.


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.

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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.


Emergency Planning Tool can be found here:  Emergency Planning Tack Box

The Queensland Horse Council has put out a useful DVD   which provides help and advice on planning for emergencies.

Horse Welfare and Wellbeing Toolkit can be found here:  “Horse Welfare Toolkit”

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!


A comprehensive fact sheet on Hendra can be found on the Queensland Horse Council’s website. Look under horse health and find the fact sheet: “Hendra Virus: Reducing the Risk”

Click here for the Hendra Virus fact sheet or visit the Queensland Horse Council website for lots of useful information.

This site includes symptoms of a sick horse and other helpful information

Their Fact Sheet “Bats and Trees” is also helpful in showing the tell tale signs that you have bats in your area, as well as listing what trees attract them, what you can plant that will not encourage them onto your property.

There is also an interesting  series of short film clips on youtube explaining all about the Hendra vaccine for horses, which you can access here:  Hendra Vaccine

Biosecurity  information  here:    Bio security toolkit

There is also a really good bio-security toolbox with some helpful resources about keeping yourself and your staff and horses safe which has been put out by the Australian Horse Industry Council.

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