Organisations involved with Equestrian Sport

There are many organisations that have been instrumental in the development of the Equestrian sport horse industry 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


An Overview of the Equestrian Sport organisations



The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is the country’s premier sports training institution, located in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The AIS was established in 1981 and is responsible for developing and implementing high-performance training programs for Australia’s elite athletes.

The AIS provides world-class training facilities, sports science and medical services, coaching and athlete support services, and education and career development programs for athletes. The institute works closely with national sporting organizations and other stakeholders to ensure that Australian athletes are well-prepared for international competitions, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Over the years, the AIS has produced numerous Olympic and Paralympic champions, including swimmer Ian Thorpe, track and field athlete Cathy Freeman, and wheelchair racer Louise Sauvage, among many others. The institute has also played a significant role in the development of Australian sport, contributing to the country’s success in international competitions.

In addition to its high-performance training programs, the AIS also offers sports-related education and research programs, including sports science and coaching courses. The institute also hosts sports events and provides training and conference facilities for sports-related organizations.



The Equestrian Federation of Australia (EFA) is the national governing body for equestrian sports in Australia. It was established in 1951 and is responsible for promoting and developing the sport of equestrianism in the country.

The EFA oversees a range of equestrian disciplines, including dressage, eventing, show jumping, endurance, and para-equestrian. The federation is also responsible for selecting and sending Australian equestrian teams to international competitions, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The EFA works closely with state and territory equestrian bodies, as well as national and international equestrian organizations, to develop and implement policies and programs that promote the growth and development of equestrian sports in Australia. The federation also provides education and training programs for riders, coaches, and officials to ensure that equestrian sports are conducted in a safe and fair manner.

In addition to its role in promoting and developing equestrian sports, the EFA also plays an important role in horse welfare. The federation works closely with veterinarians and horse welfare organizations to promote responsible horse ownership and to ensure that equestrian sports are conducted in a way that is safe and humane for the horses involved.

The EFA is a member of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and plays an active role in shaping the direction of international equestrian sports.



The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) is the international governing body for equestrian sports, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was founded in 1921 and currently oversees seven disciplines: dressage, jumping, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, and reining.

The FEI is responsible for promoting and developing equestrian sports around the world, as well as organizing and regulating international competitions. The organization sets the rules and regulations for equestrian sports, including those that govern horse welfare, anti-doping, and fair play.

The FEI also works to promote equestrian sports as a means of promoting physical activity, as well as fostering cultural exchange and understanding between different countries and regions.

In addition to its role in promoting equestrian sports, the FEI is also responsible for selecting and sending teams to international competitions, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The organization works closely with national equestrian federations to ensure that athletes are well-prepared for international competitions and that the highest standards of sportsmanship and horse welfare are maintained.

The FEI is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and works closely with other international sports federations to promote the values of the Olympic Movement, including fair play, respect, and excellence.



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 that provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy, stimulating, therapeutic, and horse-related activities in Australia.

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