Horse Safety Australia Inc -

formerly the Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc (AHSE)


In 1992 the Association for Horsemanship, Safety and Education in Australia (Incorporated in 1997) was formed to foster higher standards of safety within
the horse industry, particularly relating to teaching horseriding to groups of beginners. Since then Horse Safety Australia has accredited  1800+
instructors in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, WA and South Australia.

The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education originally obtained its structure from the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) in USA, using their materials, which had been developed over 45 years of experience in horseriding at camps. AHSE went on its own in 1997 and linked with the Australian vocational education system.

In 2006 AHSE changed its name to Horse Safety Australia.


Recognised by Safe Work Australia, the Australian Horse Industry Council and education departments, used in Adventure Activity Standards, linked to SIS10 Sport Fitness and Recreation Training Package

Horse Safety Australia skill clusters are from   the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and  Recreation Training Package, similar to many other outdoor activity qualifications.
(The clinic process includes obtaining status in groups of units in Certificates III in Sport and Recreation through Sport SA through assessment) These clusters of units are  industry agreed competencies for being horse riding instructors or trail guides. They also meet the requirements of the Adventure Activity Standards.

The aims of Horse Safety Australia involve safety, fun and effective teaching of horse activities in all disciplines.

Site Accreditation

In addition to the program for the accreditation of instructors, Horse Safety Australia provides the opportunity for site accreditation : with standards for safe fencing and facilities, clothing and footwear for horseriding; equipment standards, qualified staff, ratios of staff to students etc.

*Horse Safety Australia runs 4 day accreditation clinics in which the participants are put through their paces to demonstrate their abilities as instructors, horsemanship teachers,
trainers and trail guides. Qualifications are gained through a process of Recognition of Prior Learning. Clinics should not be viewed as training sessions; though the
networking which occurs is usually a valuable experience for those seeking new and innovative ideas to apply to their programs.

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