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Click here to find out the benefits of EA (Equestrian Australia) qualified instructors?

The interesting thing about horse riding education/instruction in Australia is that there is no compulsory governing body for qualifications.

Instructors DO NOT need a qualification to teach.

Instructors DO NOT need insurance to teach.

There is no compulsory, safety guidelines to follow.


What we do have available is our performance governing body, Equestrian Australia.

Within this organisation (EA) there is an in-depth coaching education process which enables future coaches to work through 4 levels in 5 areas…

  • General

  • Dressage

  • Show jumping

  • Eventing

  • Carriage Driving

  • The 4 levels to work through are Introductory – Level 1 – Level 2 and Level 3.

    Each Level has 3 components –

  • Horse Management

  • Riding

  • Coaching

  • The Horse Management and Riding needing to be passed prior to the commencement of the Coaching at each level.

    Within each component there are 3 parts for assessment –

  • Theory

  • Practical

  • Oral

  • Before commencing the Coaching components, candidates must have completed their Working with Children check, completed their Level 2 First Aid and completed a ASADA (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority) and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) online exam.

    On a yearly basis when registrations are due it is compulsory that each coach produces evidence of self-education which is based on a points system and to have also taken part in bi-yearly EA Coaching update. These updates are for any new information necessary for Equine coaches to know including insurance updates, Equestrian Australia or Equestrian Victoria rule changes.

    Overall, it is a very in-depth education process that produces Coaches/Teachers of the highest standard.

    At Avoca Park we feel it is particularly important for us to only use EA qualified coaches for our teaching. The SAFETY and WELL-BEING of our non-horse owner and horse owner students is paramount to us.

    We also encourage all our Team members starting at Junior level to take part in our courses, this enables us to have the whole Team on the same page regarding any information given for horse or rider.

    For us here at Avoca Park enjoyment is in the education and the way it is delivered.

    And for you, our clients, the safety of you and your families whilst taking part in one of, what we all feel here, one of the most wonderful hobbies there is.

    “Working with Horses”


    “I participated in the EA Introductory of Horse Management Course at Avoca Park earlier this year. I cannot say enough how beneficial this course is to anyone who is wanting to have their own horse one day, or even to someone who is or wanting to work with horse. When I did the course it made me realise how much I didn’t know about horse care and that it isn’t all just black and white. I am so glad I did this course as all the information I obtained is helping me out so much with working with horses and caring for them. I can now look at a horse and identify if something is wrong where as before I found it quite difficult. The people who take these courses are wonderful people and do everything they can to help you better understand all the information they are giving you, they make sure you understand the information you are being given as well as allowing you to physically practice what you are learning with the facilities and equipment they have at Avoca Park. Over all, it was a spectacular experience that I learnt so much from and I highly recommend doing these courses at Avoca Park”

    Equestrian Australia Introductory Horse Management Course

    Starts: Saturday, 29th January 2022 from 10:00 AM – 4 PM AEDT

    Hosted by Avoca Park Equestrian

    This course delivers the knowledge necessary for all horse owners to own a horse safely. It is of great benefit to any parent thinking of purchasing a pony for their children or parents already with horses and ponies who want to understand more.

    We have a saying… “You don’t know what you don’t know till you realise you don’t know it!!” All of our students leave this course with a vast amount of learned information.

    Our course runs 10am-4pm, one Saturday each month for 6 months , with the final month being the assessment. (10am-4pm)

    The dates for Semester 1, 2022 are:

    Saturday 29th January 2022

    Saturday 29th January 2022

    Saturday 26th March 2022

    Saturday 30th April 2022

    Saturday 28th May 2022

    Assessment 18th June 2022 (10am-4pm)

    You will need to bring your own horse for the assessment (18th June). If you do not have your own horse please let us know if we need to provide one for you (additional $121) for the duration of the assessment).


    Reduced Price of $1161 when paid upfront ($180.20 per month + EA Horse Management manual $80)


    AfterPay option below, four payments of $332 made each fortnight

    To Join us in this amazing course please clink on the button below to fill out a booking form to confirm your spot in the course.

    We are also going to host a free information Zoom session on Friday 14th January 2022, 6pm-8pm. The course is perfect for people wanting to purchase their first horses or first time horse owners. Covers all information necessary for successful horse ownership.

    “I have been so amazed by the amazing lessons Leanne Has given me. I was ready to give up on my horse after years of issues and can’t believe the change after 6 lessons. The horse management course is excellent too.

    Words can not express my gratitude to be able to do my instructors course or Leanne for her lessons”


    “I already had an Advanced Diploma in Horse Management from years ago and I have been working in Racing for just over a decade in senior roles. I wanted to complete the EA courses in a path towards the EA coaching qualifications, and I found the course refreshing and in depth. I thought it may be a waste of time considering my previous experience, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It taught me many things I hadn’t realised I didn’t know yet.

    It was aimed at all skill levels from beginners to the experienced, with an inclusive learning environment. I appreciated the teacher’s comprehension of each topic, the slides providing the theory and the lovely horses to learn from when we did our practical exercises. I highly recommend this course to any horse lover that wishes to own a horse one day, or to any who already do.”


    The course covers the following:

    Horse identification,

    Horse handling

    Horse behaviour

    How to care for horses in a stable or a paddock

    How to ensure safety in the stable complex and paddock


    Saddle types, purposes and parts of the saddle.

    The bridle, parts of and purposes (of different nosebands/bits etc).

    Martingale, cruppers & breastplates

    Care & Cleaning

    Rugs, Boots and Saddle Cloths

    Health & Fitness

    Signs of good health

    Azoturia & Tying Up




    Strangles & Tetanus

    Skin Conditions

    Respiratory Infections/Problems


    When to call the Vet.


    The rules of feeding

    Feed Types & properties

    Feed Quality

    Poisonous weeds

    Feed Storage

    Paddock features & management


    Horse Care

    Hoof Care

    Basic Shoeing

    The value of grooming

    Grooming equipment

    Washing a horse

    Travelling a horse