Interschool FAQs - For schools and students
Q. How do I affiliate my school with Equestrian NSW?
A. Simply go to our website and download an affiliation form from this section by clicking here. Cost for schools to affiliate for 2012-2013 is $295 which includes a one-off joining fee. Currently a renewal for the same membership year is $200.
Q. Do I have to affiliate my school with Equestrian NSW in order to run an equestrian interschool competition?
A. No. You are able to run an interschool equestrian event without being a member of Equestrian NSW, however you will not be able to enjoy any of the services offered by ENSW nor will you be able to use our rules and regulations, such as dressage tests.
Q. What does my affiliation give me/my school?
A. Affiliation provides entry into the Equestrian NSW interschool program, which includes access and inclusion to our online calendar, access to our rules and regulations, assistance and advice from our friendly office staff, use of EA accredited judges, officials and coaches, risk management guidance and inclusion in newsletters and yearbooks which are regularly sent to all members. Currently we accept all appropriately competent riders in our state championships but with the development of the program we may consider qualification to the championships to be via results in the affiliated school events. For more information regarding the benefits of affiliating please click here.
Q. What form do I need to complete?
A. You must complete the form which you can download from here and send in with payment to the ENSW office along with your school’s certificate of currency if you are an independent school. (NB. government schools are not required to provide a Certificate of Currency)
Q. Who do I contact to discuss interschool event, rules and activities?
Q. How do I place my event on the ENSW interschool calendar?
A. Once you are affiliated with us you should contact
Q. Do competitors need to be members of Equestrian NSW to compete at school run competitions?
A. Whilst we encourage all riders, especially students, to be members as they then have personal accident insurance, ENSW membership is not a pre-requisite for competing at school level interschool events.
Q. What insurance do I need to run an interschool competition?
A. When you affiliate with Equestrian NSW you will need to demonstrate that you have appropriate insurance cover through your school which has ‘equestrian sports’ as an inclusion on your policy. Affiliation with Equestrian NSW does not mean you automatically have insurance coverage. You must already have your own coverage if you are an independent school, or if you are a government school you should be covered by the government schools’ own insurance (please contact the NSW Department of Education for clarification if required).
If you would prefer you are able to purchase insurance as a school running equestrian sport via the EA/Aon policy. If you would like to take up this option please contact the EA office on 02 8762 7777 and speak with Amy.
Q. Can I offer EA day membership to competitors?
A. No, not unless you are insured via EA. Those schools with either their own policy or the government policy cannot offer day membership as there is no link with EA via insurance therefore day membership of EA is irrelevant and of no use in the event of a claim.(please note: day membership is only there to protect EA insured event organisers, it does not provide any personal accident coverage to the individual).
Q. Can I accept entries from other school’s students?
Yes, but if your insurance policy does not cover students from other schools attending your event then you must ensure the originating school’s insurance policy will cover its students attending your event. You are encouraged to sight these schools’ certificates of currency and get in writing that these students are covered. Simply requesting riders have individual EA membership is not sufficient to ensure your school is covered in the event of a claim involving a visiting student.
Q. Does EA membership (affiliate school or individual) mean I do not require school/event organiser insurance?
A. No, see above. Membership of EA for individuals provides them with personal accident cover and individual public liability options BUT it does not protect the school or event organisers for public liability. You need to take the responsibility for public liability coverage for your event independent of the membership status of competitors.
Q. Is there a way that schools can come together and avoid the insurance hassles and confusion which can challenge event organisers and equestrian coordinators?
A. Yes. One idea that ENSW has is to encourage groups of schools, perhaps in the same geographical area, to start communicating and maybe consider forming an incorporated club with several school representatives acting as the committee. This club could then affiliate with Equestrian NSW as any other club would and take out EA insurance. Then you would circumvent the insurance issues you currently face where one school’s policy may not be in alignment with anothers and members from visiting schools could simply take our EA membership to ensure your event was covered for public liability.
The newly formed clubs could then be the organising committee for the various school’s events. i.e. one ‘schools’ club would run multiple events for the various represented schools
If you have any questions regarding the insurance requirements of schools please contact
Remember – all equestrian coordinators and event organisers need to take responsibility for their own insurance and risk management polices. You should read your policy and know its limitations and requirements. While we can assist you with a risk management policy it needs to be lodged with your insurance broker as they are your contact in the event of a claim or incident, not ENSW.
Q. When are the
A. These are held in early March each year at SIEC. Entries are called for in December of the previous year and entry is via Nominate only.
Q. Do I need to be a member of Equestrian NSW to compete in the NSW Championships?
A. Yes. We no longer offer day membership for competitors as this is a state championships and riders must be members of the sport to compete at this level. You can join ENSW online via www.nsw.equestrian.org.au or by posting or faxing your membership form to the office.
Q. Do I need to qualify for the State Champs?
A. No, not in most sports however you must have the appropriate qualification to enter eventing in pre-novice and above. As per discipline rules horses must compete in their graded level.
Q. Do I need to be enrolled in a school to compete?
A. You must be a student in the NSW school system, this may include home schooled and distance education students subject to proof of inclusion in the school system.
Q. What disciplines are offered?
A. Dressage, jumping, showman, eventing and combined training, vaulting.
Q. Do I need to register my horse/have a performance card?
A. No, but all horses may be swabbed under the EA Medication Control Policy.
Q. How do I attend a National Championships?
You must qualify via the NSW Championships.
Q. How many on a team?
A. We take four competitors per class. In previous years there has been up to 70 team members from NSW but this depends on variables such as availability of riders/horses and the state in which the event is held.
Q. Do I need to sign an agreement to become a member of the team?
A. Yes, all team members are required to agree to a code of conduct for the event including various ‘team conduct’ issues.
Q. What disciplines are offered?
A. Dressage, jumping, showman, eventing and combined training.