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Organisations involved with Equestrian Sport

Posted by | January 19, 2017 | News

There are many organisations that have been instrumental in the development of the Horse Sports insdustry as a whole, these include:

AIS Australian Institute of Sports

EFA Equestrian Federation of Australia

FEI Federation Equestre Internationale

AHRC Australian Horse Riding Centres

PCAA Pony Club Association of Australia

RDA Riding for Disabled



As Australia’s strategic high performance sport agency, the AIS is responsible and accountable for leading the delivery of Australia’s international sporting success.



Equestrian Australia (EA) is the peak body for the administration of Equestrian Sport in Australia. The commitment to success is encouraged at every level of the sport and is reflected in world-class results at Olympic level.



The international governing body for all Olympic equestrian disciplines.



The Australian Horse Riding Centres (AHRC) is a national organisation representing approximately 100 horse riding centres across Australia.  The objective of the Australian Horse Riding Centres is to support high standards for facilities, instruction, horse welfare, supervision and safety.

Additionally, the organisation aims to provide information to the public as to where excellent riding and qualified instruction can be obtained.  The AHRC is at the forefront of the push to improve industry standards.  All AHRC centres are accredited. The AHRC ensures the standards of its members are maintained through thorough and regular inspection of premises, skill updates for instructors and welfare checks of horses.



Pony Club Australia is the national governing body of Pony Club in Australia. Its Members are all of the state and territory Pony Club Associations.



Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia (RDAA) is a voluntary, nonprofit organisation which provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy, stimulating, therapeutic, horse-related activities in Australia.

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A Day in the Life of a Horse Trainer

Posted by | July 1, 2013 | Job Information

Are you interested in knowing what the life of a horse trainer is like? Every year a lot of people opt for professional classes in horse training in various parts of the world. If you are an enthusiast then you can also go for such classes to get a taste of what the job of a trainer really is.

Of the various racing jobs known today, the job of a trainer is particularly challenging.  It requires immense dedication, passion and patience. Training animals, especially horses, is not a cakewalk but if you have mastered the art of training them then you would not have a problem at all.

So, before you take the leap and choose to be a horse trainer, have a look at what it entails. Indeed it is one of the most interesting racing jobs but only if you know what you are getting into.

What a Typical Day Includes?

A typical day in the life of a horse trainer usually begins early morning. Most trainers begin their day at about 3 to 4 am in the morning and work a split shift. The beginning and ending of the day depends from trainers to trainers across the globe.

Training is not for all.

Apart from training, which is a major part of such racing jobs, trainers have to take up a lot more. They have to feed the animals, take care of them and their needs, understand them, handle them, and schedule their workout and so on. So there is a lot more to training horses than you thought.


Timing is very important in the life of horse trainers. They have to set a time table for maintaining the horses, feeding them, grooming them and training them for races. All these activities are planned out through the day with additional time given to cleaning the stalls.


An organised way of dealing with various types of horses is important. So, an expert trainer would know the difference between indoor and outdoor horses. All of them are segregated on the basis of their age and sex.

Training Depends on Event

The training that is given to the horses depends a lot on what you are training them for. For instance, training race horses would be different from show or dressage horses. So, various trainers are equipped to train horses on the basis of what the event is.

a)      Racing: The horses are first fed hay for their morning meal. They are then brought out for a warm up in turns or batches. Once that is done, they are ridden them with a routine in mind. Some trainers ride or others advise track riders what to do.

b)      Show: For a show versatility is the key. So a horse is trained in various fields from jumping to lunging to showmanship to halter to even equitation. Since this requires a lot of training, riding the horses and preparing them with such moves is needed with a strict routine.

So, if you want to be a horse trainer you need to learn all aspects of horse care and management, however it is a rewarding role.

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Horse Jobs – a lucrative career in Australia

Posted by | May 4, 2013 | Job Information

Different career options are now ruling the minds of the people all over the world in order to earn a good amount of income and among these career prospects one lucrative choice is the horse job. Yes, horse jobs are quite popular in Australia and even in other countries. Horses are regarded the most friendly and sane animal therefore working with them and for them is a delight for many animal lovers.

Speaking about the horse jobs only reminds of the horse racing jobs, but the field is vaster than this and includes many other jobs like stud assistant, horse trainer and even the Race day information supporter job also comes under this category. Let’s have a look at some of the popular jobs related to stud farming and horse racing also let’s analyze the monetary benefits from them.

Horse Jobs in Australia:

  • Racing Jobs: Jockeys is a popular Job for those who love horse racing. Jockey’s are responsible for riding the horse in the race. The income earned by these riders is not a whopping amount as they are hired by the stud owners. However, the prize money called ‘the Purse money’ is the major amount received by the jockey but to acquire this money he has to be really expert in winning the race. The salary of a jockey is a minimum of about $85 per race ride and varies from their depending on experience and how many race winners they have ridden.
  • Stud trainer – As name suggests, this job requires the person to give training to the horses. A stud farm is a place where horses are bred In order to train them for the racing. There various types of trainers and helpers are required all day and night. A stud trainer even rides the horses and teaches them the racing skills, but he is relatively different from a horse jockey. The average salary for this job is $34,000 per annum.
  • Horse veterinarian – This is the job for a medical practitioner who is trained in examining the horses. The job responsibility involves the regular medical checkup of the horses in the farm and to give them proper vaccination and medical treatments. It’s a high paying job where the veterinarian can earn up to $ 85,000 per year plus.
  • Groom – It is one of the horse jobs where the person is responsible to groom the horses on daily basis. The job involves taking personal care of each and every horse and to identify any change in their health and behavior. A groom’s duty also involves informing the doctor about these changes. He can earn from about $30,000 to $55,000 Plus per year
  • Bloodstock Agent – The agent is involved in evaluating the value of the horses and he even participate in horse auctions in place of their clients. It’s a commission based job where an agent can earn around $30,000 per year or sometimes a six figure income from big deals.

Among all these and many other horse jobs in horse industry in the different sectors like Dressage, Show jumping, Eventing, Polo, Show etc, the most popular are the racing jobs as those who love horse riding are always interested in sitting on the horse and speeding them to win the race!


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2nd Year Visa Jobs.

Posted by | February 27, 2013 | Job Information

Need a 2nd Year Visa? Many newly registered Traveling Job Seekers have expressed interest in obtaining a 2nd year visa. Having already undertaken 3 months work in a regional area of Australia and they are still under 31 they want a 2nd chance to enjoy our beautiful country. Typically they must work in a rural area and undertake a job in a specified field which includes “Horse breeding and Stud Farming” Visit The Department of Immigrations Web page for more details.

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Yearling Preparation Jobs

Posted by | February 27, 2013 | Job Information

Yearling Prep Jobs With the Yearling sales in full swing there are many temporary Jobs around for the experienced Horse Handlers. Job seekers that are confident handlers of young strong horses, reliable, and able to travel to various locations including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and the Gold Coast are ideal, so if you have previous experience and looking for Yearling Preparation horse jobs, update your profile Now.


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Equine Staff Launches New Web Page Design- Free Job Advertising for a limited Time.

Posted by | February 21, 2013 | News

Equine Staff Horse Job Advertising and Recruitment Services. has today launched their newly designed horse and racing jobs website with even cheaper advertising options and our traditional recruitment services with our state of the art candidate database.

 As part of the Global Group of Equine Staff Companies, we can provide you with local Australian or International equestrian and equine workers.  Employers can now place Jobs at a Cheaper price from only $30 (FREE for a limited Time) and all Jobs run up to 90 days so ideal for hard to fill jobs and employers looking for multiple staff members.

Why are we different to the other Horse Job Boards around? As well as having features such as free Job editing or relisting Jobs, viewing our job seeker database, have our Job Placement Officer write and place your job ad online, Job alerts straight to the job seekers inbox. We also have Managed Solution where our experienced staff will per-screen, per-interview, reference check and set up interview time/ dates/ directions on your behalf

Job seekers looking for riding instructor jobs, stablehand jobs, racing Jobs or other equestrian Jobs will see many vacancies on the site to view and apply for over the coming months, you can now also create what Job alerts you want sent to you, so don’t forget to login and update your profile and Job Alerts.

As Equine Staff Australia is dedicated to help our current clients we are offering a limited time FREE and DISCOUNTED RATES to promote your horse Jobs.

Equine Staff Companies have a vast experience of running sites for horse job seekers in a number of countries, including the UK, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada.  Sites launching in Germany and other countries in the coming months will keep expanding our database.

Visit Equine Staff Australia and let us know what you think of our new Web site.

*NOTE- All previously registered Job seekers and Employers can still login using their old login details, you just need to update your profile from the Dashboard (Top right hand Corner, once logged in.

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Deepen your connection with your horses and animals

Posted by | February 19, 2013 | Job Information

Hi – as a horse lover we thought you might be interested in attending this workshop at Avalon Reign Farm with Horse Trainers Jo and Jason McInnes

Loesje is an international animal communicator who is visiting Australia from Canada to run this three day workshop.

Her abilities to communicate with animals is extraordinary – we have attached information below and a registration form.

If you are interested please call:
Jo McInnes
0419 333 659 or email:

What is Linking Awareness ~ Intercellular Communication ~ A Healing Journey?

Please go to:
          Linking Awareness Facilitator
BodyTalk Adv, CBP
BodyTalk Instructor
BodyTalk for Animals Instructor


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Richard Dicey- Race Horse Trainer.

Posted by | February 19, 2013 | Job Information

Richard Dicey Training is a thoroughbred pretraining and training facility located in Ballina NSW- (1 hrs from Gold Coast) only metres from the Race Track and across from the Richmond river that can be used for salt water swimming of the horses. This facility has 22 stables and 18 day yards with sails so all horses get the best care and a tailored education. All visitors including owners and trainers are most welcome to inspect the stables by appointment.
About Richard Dicey
I have always been involved with Horses in some manner. As a teenager I was Champion Apprentice Jockey in England. At the time managing rides in England, Ireland, Holland, France. As weight got the better of me, I rode for a time in India before immigrating to Australia. In my time in Australia I have managed my own 100 acre Agistment/Pre-Training Centre in Perth where I also broke- in for leading owners and trainers of the day. This is also where I established my Freeze Branding business. I next spent time in New Zealand on the look for a training facility. Instead I discovered Real Estate and quickly rose to top listing agent and salesman in the Auckland area. The weather finally got the better of me and I returned to Australia, locating in Brisbane. I continued selling and buying Houses (including purchasing this stables in Ballina in which i leased out for a few years) awhile until my children were of an age that their desire for a horse of their own got the better of me. Starting with a gorgeous wee Shetland, Gypsy, we went from strength to strength ending with a team of 5 and 7 or so State Showjumping and Sporting Titles as well as EFA Interschool Titles and a swag of Pony Club hardware. he interest in horses slowly grew towards the Racing Industry and my daughter, Tracy, became an apprentice jockey and son, William, relocated to Sydney to work as a trackrider and then traveling to the UK. While i got back into shape and starting riding track work and training for trainers such as Mr Adam Palmer, Health Coote etc
I recently re-obtained my trainers license.
I pride myself on my professional abilities to handle the Horses in a humane and gentle way so that it is a positive experience for the Horse and the Owner.
Richard pre-training rates start from only $45 per day.
Contact Richard Dicey on 0418 757 939 or visit

* Richard is always looking for Experienced Track Riders- so please contact him



Posted by | February 19, 2013 | Clients

My name is Amanda Hocking and I am a full time performance horse trainer and EA NCAS Level 2 coach.

I am British by birth and as my parents were not in the financial position buy me a pony when I was a young girl I used to hang around the local riding schools “bartering” cleaning stables in return for rides. I slowly progressed to cleaning saddlery, grooming and preparing feeds and by the age of 12 I was actually teaching beginner riders. Each year I would hire a pony to go to Pony Club camp and because the school could not afford to let their best school ponies be out of work for a week I used to take whichever equine misfit was least liked by the clients. This led to some interesting learning curves!

I can remember having the compulsory Career talk with a careers councillor at school when I was 15 and telling her that I wanted to be a full time Three Day Event rider and Coach. She looked at me sympathetically and said “Yes, but what do you want to do when you grow up?”! I managed to escape school fairly early and was offered a job with a hunting yard. Here we cared for 4 to 5 stabled horses 7 days a week with one day off a fortnight and these horses were ridden by the 2 Masters, the Huntsman and the 2 Whips. The owner of the yard also supplemented her income by buying Irish-bred buckjumpers and” turning” them into quiet “Hunters For Hire” During the “turning” process we grooms usually acquired a few bumps and bruises!

The Fernie Hunt is based in Leicestershire and this is considered very fast country (when they find a fox the countryside lends itself to some very long and fast gallops) so each of the hunt staff needed access to 2 horses each so as to last the day. As a rider of 2nd horses I was expected to follow hounds at a quiet distance and then when we swapped to hack the now tired 1st horse back to the truck or stables, which ever was closest. Sometimes the 2nd horses returned back to the yard at 7pm still hot and caked in mud. As we were not allowed to wash horses at that time of night we had to rub them down until they were calm and dry, then groom every speck of mud off, often this was not finished until 10pm. Then we had to clean all the gear!

One night I was so tired I went to bed without rinsing and refreshing the water buckets and I was woken up at 1am by a furious Boss who dragged me out of bed to do my water buckets. She let me know in no uncertain terms that tired horses, locked up in stables, do not deserve to drink stale water. She pointed out to me that water in stables absorbs the ammonia from the air making the water taste off within a four hour period, a fact I have never forgotten.

The work was hard and the standard consistently high but the plusses were amazing. Like the days we were out hunting and I had the opportunity to ride at full gallop over miles of huge 1.20m brush fences and ditches. Awesome!

I then did a year at an eventing yard where I trained the eventers for a young junior rider. Great when she was at school as I was allowed to ride in competitions but when she came home I had to step down. It was this that made me look toward immigrating to Australia.

My first horse job in Australia was working for a wealthy American family who owned an amazing equestrian property in Bowral. All white wooden rails and mown paddocks. They bred American Saddlebred horses, but this was the 70’s and most people could not get their head around how these horses were shown. High tail carriage, hollow backs and well above the bit, very strange paces (or gaits). As a result not many horses were sold and at one stage there were over 200 horses and only 5 members of staff. Not a lot of time for quality workmanship here! Horses were cheap to buy and land/space was plentiful. I started to realise that Aussies tend to work with quantity rather than quality.

But I had never given up my dream of becoming a coach so when I was given the opportunity to come to Victoria and work in an Equestrian centre near the coast I jumped at the chance. The boss and his wife were extraordinary in their generosity, giving me two nice horses to ride, time off to compete, go to clinics, use of a float and payed up my expenses! So the next thing I realised was that Aussies will back you all the way if you are honest, up front and prepared to put in.

After a couple of years we hatched a plan were I would go to England and obtain my BHS qualifications, with the view of coming back to Australia to set up a Coach Training scheme. This I did but before I left I thought it would be fun to get involved with the International eventing scene, so I went and did an internship with the Roycroft family for 3 months so I could have a reference that the Poms would recognise. Back in England I stayed for one year, gaining two BHS Instructor qualifications and one ABRS, went to Badminton Horse Trials as a Journalist for Hoofs and Horns, met Princess Ann at a very posh reception in a castle, strapped for the Australian 3DE team at the alternative Olympics, trained with leading BHS Examiner and Coach Islay Auty and worked as a barmaid/dish-pig at the local pub to cover my expenses!

When I returned to Australia it was to find that the NCAS had been formed and Riding Coach qualifications were now available. After gaining my Level 11 I chose to open my own yard teaching riders and training performance horses. As we lived near 13th beach I also took on pre-race training racehorses as the money was very good and it was a good way to check out potential event horses.

Over the next few years I enjoyed winning numerous events including my first 3DE, riding in an Australian Dressage Team and my husband and I taking out the Daily double at a 3DE, he won the 3* and me the 1*. I continue to train both here and overseas with great trainers and coaches as I love to learn more about our fascinating sport and four legged friends.

I have learnt how to drive trotters and fine harness, break in horses, natural horsemanship and ridden world class reining quarter horses. Later this year I am travelling to the states to participate in The Art of Teaching program with Jane Savoie, well known rider/competitor/ coach who uses NLP, sports psychology and other neurological science to enhance performance.

As a Level 2 and Coach Educator I now am based in Shepparton and work around the state helping riders follow their chosen path and trainee coaches fulfil their coaching dreams. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved at the grass roots of the NCAS system and have seen tremendous growth and development over the years.

If I was to offer any advice to people wishing to make a career in the horse industry it would be this:-

  • Always have a dream – then set realistic goals that help you to realise the dream
  • Be flexible and open to possibilities – there are many roads to Rome and some whilst unusual, can be very educational and lead to amazing opportunities.
  • Work for the love – if you are passionate about your work the money and opportunities will come.
  • A sense of humour – it does not matter how many medals you win or accolades you achieve in the horse industry there will always be poo to pick up. On your first day of work you will be cleaning up poo and probably on your last day of work! Poo happens. Get over it!