The movement to improve horse and rider safety in our sport is worldwide. Yesterday Equestrian Australia (EA) announced the approval of its next project toward enabling Australian eventing competitions to adopt the best safety management practices.
The Making Eventing Safer Fund will distribute $45,000 toward the rollout of frangible devices at all EA events across Australia. This funding will be matched by State Eventing Committees, meaning a total of $90,000 will be spent on improving safety.
The Equestrian Australia Making Eventing Safer Fund was introduced following the deaths of two young Australian event riders, Caitlyn Fischer and Olivia Inglis, last year.
In this video, Olympic medalist Stuart Tinney talks about the “Making Eventing Safer” initiative to introduce frangible jumps in Australia, and breaks down how this technology works.
Other safety initiatives that have been put in place so far this year include:
- The appointment of part-time National Safety Officer (NSO) Roger Kane, an FEI Technical Delegate, who will assess the latest safety improvements from around the world and, if appropriate, implement them at all national EA and FEI events.
- Australia’s top course designers met in February to share their knowledge to help ensure that the cross country courses they design meet the latest world safety standards for prevention of horse falls.
- With the recent publication of FEI cross-country design guidelines which reflect the latest learnings globally in designing cross country courses, a version specifically for EA classes (105cm and lower) is being developed and will soon be released.