History of Equestrian Australia (formerly EFA)

The Equestrian Federation of Australia was established in 1951, with Mr (later Sir) Sam Hordern appointed as President. The EFA was formally affiliated with the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body of equestrian sport, in May of that year.

Branches were gradually established in each State and the Northern Territory, and a National Office set up, to maintain liaison with the FEI and other National Federations, and to manage Australian representation at international competitions, both at home and overseas.

During the 1990s, the governing body of the EFA, its Federal Council, explored ways in which to make the EFA a truly national organisation, rather than one composed of members of individual State Branches. On July 12 1997, the EFA became the Equestrian Federation of Australia Limited (ABN 19 077 455 755), a company limited by guarantee and shares, with a Board of Directors comprising the State Chairs and a number of appointed Directors. In 2001, the general membership was able to elect a further three Board members directly.

At a General Meeting at Sydney Airport on Sunday, 18 January 2004, the shareholders (Branches) of the Equestrian Federation resolved to implement the recommendations of a Governance Review that had been undertaken over the previous 18 months. This resulted in a totally new form of “governance”, with a skills-based Board of directors elected by the “shareholders” from nominations by the general membership of the EA.

Those of you interested in the details of this major change from a “representational” Board system can download the Final Recommendations of the Governance Review Committee (PDF – 71KB). 

On 14 November 2008, the Equestrian Federation of Australia changed its name to ‘Equestrian Australia Limited’, with the trading name of Equestrian Australia. A completely revised Constitution came into effect on 01 February 2010 allowing for up to eight Directors including an ‘Athlete Director’.

Role of Equestrian Australia (EA)

The “governing bodies” of EA are the National Board, the National Sport Committees – NSCs (Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Vaulting, Show Horse and Carriage Driving), the NCAS Committee, the National Office including the CEO and the Branches of EA.

The Board of Equestrian Australia sets the overall policy and governs the National organisation. National Sport Committees develop and administer the sport-technical aspects of their respective Sport/”Discipline”. The National Office, together with EA’s Branch Offices, implements Board policy to provide the best possible range of services to the members of EA.
The National Office and State Branch offices have a small core of professional support. This core is supported by a huge number of volunteers, from board and committee members to officials, organisers and helpers at events. It is the volunteers who make equestrian sport work.

The National Sporting Organisation has a number of roles:

  • Service individual members and clubs
    • Provide common national benefits, including insurance and advice on risk management.
    • Develop national sport programs.
    • Set national sport rules.
    • Administer national accreditation schemes for coaches and officials.
    • Provide other assistance and advice.


  • Represent the sport nationally & internationally
    • Act as the National Federation (NF) for the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).
    • Plan, organise and manage Australian participation at Olympic, Paralympic and World Equestrian Games.
    • Enter Australian riders in other overseas events.
    • Issue International Competitor’s Licences, FEI horse passports and other ID documents.
    • Maintain the FEI database for Eventing horse and rider registrations.
    • Issue guest riders’ licences to foreign riders resident in Australia.


  • High Performance Management
    • Work with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) on the development of effective HP programs in the Olympic and Paralympic Sports/Disciplines.
    • Develop, implement and review a comprehensive high performance program including coaching, training clinics, veterinary support, squad support and funding, national team compaigns and innovative approaches to sport development
    • Seek funding from Government and Olympic/Paralympic agencies to fund the high performance nad national team programs
    • Through Selectors and High Performance panels, form high performance squads and provide them with the support that maintains and further improves their high levels of achievement.
    • Select teams and individual to represent Australia with success in international competition.
    • Manage the athlete anti-doping program and World Anti-Doping Agengy (WADA) requirements.


  • National Rules, Policies and Systems
    • Through the National Sport Committees, make and enforce fair and safe rules that govern competition.
    • Agree with the Branches on common National policies and guidelines for member and club protection and services. Note: The ASC requires the implementation of a range of member protection and other policies.
    • Agree with the Branches on common processes for the administration of the sport, to eliminate duplication and encourage efficiencies and improved service.
    • Develop and refine systems that enable the collection and analysis of data for the development of the sport, for example, a National Database.


  • Communication, Education and Training
    • Administer and further develop the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme.
    • Educate members and the general public about equestrian sports and related aspects, including risk management..
    • Assist in improving rider safety and protecting the welfare of horses.


  • Promotion of the Sport
    • Expand the image and profile of equestrian sport.
    • Maintain an up-to-date web presence with useful information for members and the general public.
    • Establish and further develop contacts with decision-makers to generate greater support for the sport.
    • Look for commercial sponsorship opportunities and on-going exposure in the general media.

This National web site endeavours to provide up-to-date information on issues affecting the equestrian world. The effective use of technology will improve our dealings with members, and provide important and useful information.

The EA web provides links to our international body, the FEI, so that members can access on-line the international rules. There are also links to each of the Branch offices. We are providing our rules on line where we can so that competitors and organisers can be sure of completely up-to-date support on the rules and regulations.

Please make full use of the information available on this web site. If you have any questions about its content, or any suggestions for improvement, please contact us directly.