We believe that the most significant document in Australia for horse riding instructors working with beginners is:

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


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 SEI marked 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:



General clinic: Instructor and Trail Guide qualifications

General clinic near Strathalbyn in SA…see more about clinics here:

clinic overview 2016

or fill in the registration form:

rego wirraway june 2016

and return it to us before 20th May to be sure of a place! This will also give us time to send you your pre-course documents

Professional Trainers

The most recent professional trainer Instructor Qualification Clinic was held on 11-14 February near Albury.  This one involved trainers from  the NCHA and  the AQHA. More to come soon.

 Other general clinics coming up later in the year:

These will be in NSW and Victoria

For other clinics coming up, watch this space or send us an Expression of Interest form and we will let you know when there is one relevant to your needs and location :

EOI 2016

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We now have a partnership with Sport SA as our new Registered Training Organisation

We recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sport SA to work in partnership with them 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.

They will complete the paperwork for all participants in our 2015 clinics early in the new year when they come back to the office,  and from now on we will work together to provide the Skill Sets which form the qualifications linked to HSA.


“Excel With Safety”

Horse Safety Australia is an 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 OHS issues around horses
  • tips to new riders on what to look for in a riding instructor/trainers/riding schools/trail riding operations

Horse Safety Australia Inc (formerly known as the Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc) is a not for profit Incorporated Association.

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 setting safety standards for the industry.

Horse Safety Australia certification is recognised by the 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, and our qualifications are linked to the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Training Package through a private Registered Training Organisation

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  qualification which acknowledges your background working with horses and people. These workshops (clinics), involve a skills recognition 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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