Site Accreditation

Horse Safety Australia Site accreditation is available to anyone with a horse facility: whether a riding school, trail riding facility, agistment centre, training facility or public space provided for horse riding activities.

Enquiries: siteaccredenq@horsesafetyaustralia.com.au

Site accreditation involves reviewing all of your site policies & procedures to ensure they follow the appropriate codes & guidelines, as well as a consultant visiting your site and assessing all aspect of its safety. The areas covered include:

* Qualifications,
* Age and experience of instructors,
* Provision of helmets,
* First aid,
* Construction of facilities
* Suitability of horses and equipment for purpose
* If trails are used: suitability and accessibility in emergencies
* Humane treatment and appropriate care of horses
* Appropriate ratios
* Risk management procedures (especially for beginner riders) and WHS requirements
* and more

Cost for an initial site audit is $2200 plus staff travel, and renewal occurs every 3 years. A certificate and sign are provided for sites once all requirements are satisfactorily met. The consultant who accredits your site has access to provide you with templates to help you meet the requirements and can work with you to help you solve any compliance problems you might have. Currently the renewal fee is $660 plus travel costs for the onsite inspection. 

Site accreditation must be reviewed and re-issued when there is a change of ownership/management of the site. 

Our site accreditation includes the requirements contained in Safe Work Australia’s ‘Guide to managing risks when new and inexperienced people interact with horses’. Additionally, the Adventure Activity Standards has a section on Trail Riding and their requirements are also covered in the HSA processes, and for those in NSW, the Safe Work NSW code of managing risks in horse activities in the workplace is included. We also consider the Australian Horse Industry Council’s code of practice for horse activities, HorseSafe and some extra areas mainly covering horse welfare have been taken from Horse Safety Australia’s own Standards and Animal Welfare legislation and guides.

Currently Accredited sites with HSA

Accredited Sites

Attunga Camps, Canyonleigh NSW School and holiday camps for youth

Billabong Ranch, Echuca VIC Trail Riding, Riding Lessons, school and holiday camps

Bullo River Station, Timber Creek NT near Kununurra WA

Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, NSW   Trail riding on their property near Canberra 

Centennial Glen Stables, NSW Trail Riding on their property in Blue Mountains

Jarrahdale Equestrian Centre WA Adult lessons and children lessons

Jesters Flat, Margaret River WA Trail Riding and Tours

Juno Centre, Tennant Creek NT

Kiah Park, near Gympie QLD School and holiday camps for youth

Mill Valley Ranch Youth Camp, Tynong North Victoria Youth camp for schools and holidays

Teen Ranch, Cobbitty NSW School and holiday camps for youth

Thredbo Valley Horse Riding Trail Riding and pony rides

Tunnel Ridge Ranch, Landsborough QLD School and holiday camps for youth

TAFE NSW Taree Campus

TAFE NSW Scone Campus

Wieland Adventures, Gelantipy, VIC Lessons and clinics, training and Trail Riding

Wirraway, Strathalbyn SA School and holiday camps for youth

There are many more sites who are working on their site accreditation and are part of the way through the process. They will appear on our lists once they have completed all components of the requirements.