Let me set the scene…
I was the typical horse-mad girl, obsessively competing at every available fixture until my late teens. The next part of my story is fairly common: high school, then university and then life took over and I opted-out of the sport (until another brief interlude in my 30s).
Finally, in my 40s, I decided to reintroduce myself into the sport when I decided that volunteering would be the ideal way to get back on the scene and into riding.
Having worked professionally for global sportswear brands and involved in major sporting events as a marketer, I became part of the volunteer media team for two elite Olympic-qualifying events in Australia (the Sydney CDI and the Sydney International Horse Trials). Eventually, I become a committee member for the Sydney International Horse Trials.
My media skills allowed me an entry into the upper echelons of the sport that, in all honesty, my riding skills probably would have not. Continue reading “THE FUTURE OF EQUESTRIAN SPORTS – STANDING ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKIN’ IN”
PRESS RELEASE – 17.04.2018
In a welcome development, the Australian Senate has taken an interest in the issue of bullying in elite sports.
In a serious of questions asked by Centre Alliance (formerly the Nick Xenophon Team) Senator Rex Patrick to the Australian Sports Commission, Equestrian Australia is among five sporting bodies being targeted by the Senator (see link below for questions).
The other sporting bodies Senator Patrick has asked questions of are Athletics Australia, Swimming Australia, Hockey Australia and Cycling Australia. Continue reading “QUESTIONS BEING ASKED ABOUT BULLYING IN ELITE SPORTS BY SENATOR PATRICK”
Local sporting club, the Coffs Coast Jump Club (CCJC), has used its recent Annual General Meeting as a platform to announce a club-wide pledge against bullying and harassment in equestrian sports.
The pledge follows a survey conducted by the anti-bullying support-group, Stop Bullying in Equestrian Sports (SBIES), that revealed 85% of respondents had either been bullied or witnessed bullying as a member of a horse-riding club or at an equestrian event.
The alarming findings by SBIES indicate that local clubs and event organisers hold the key to reducing this statistic. Continue reading “LOCAL CLUB TAKES THE LEAD AGAINST BULLYING IN EQUESTRIAN SPORTS”
PRESS RELEASE – 29.03.2018
Local equestrians have been stunned by Equestrian Australia’s announcement of a strategic partnership with company, Zoetis. The company manufactures the controversial Equivac HeV (Hendra) vaccine which was mandatory for all competition horses following the 2012 Hendra outbreak. The rushed vaccine was alleged to cause some horses to develop severe side-effects causing death and or loss of use.
The new commercial partnership between Equestrian Australia and Zoetis comes off the back of the recent announcement of a $53 million class action in the Federal Court, lead by LHD Lawyers. This legal action alleges that pharmaceutical manufacturer, Zoetis, failed to properly trial and test its Equivac HeV (Hendra) vaccine before it was administered to horses Australia. Continue reading “CONTROVERSIAL DECISION BY EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIA”
PRESS RELEASE – 21.03.2018
Equestrian Australia is under pressure to reform following the damning findings of a review of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), given a similar governance model used by its Australian counterpart.
BEF is facing the potential the withdrawal of £21m of government funding if it does not urgently clean up a culture characterised by ‘bullying and elitism’ and a failure to modernise, according to a recent review.
Similar themes of bullying and elitism have plagued Equestrian Australia in recent times, with a Facebook and Instagram support campaign called Stop Bullying In Equestrian Sports (SBIES) growing to several thousand in a few months. Continue reading “EQUESTRIAN SPORTS IN AUSTRALIA ON NOTICE”
The Stop Bullying in Equestrian Sports (SBIES) movement was the first initiative launched by the Equestrian Alliance (TEA). SBIES was founded with the belief that the culture of equestrian sports is in need of reform to ensure a prosperous future of the sport.
In 2017, Hannah Brooks launched the Stop Bullying in Equestrian Sports (SBIES) FACEBOOK page and was ill-prepared for the overwhelming response to the support group. The followers’ stories were eerily familiar. Members who had made legitimate complaints to their local governing body but the official channels had failed them. SBIES has since inadvertently become a frontline support network for the equestrian community. Continue reading “STOP BULLYING IN EQUESTRIAN SPORTS”
Dedicated to growing equestrian sports
Passionate about horses and concerned about the future of our sport – the Equestrian Alliance was founded in 2017 to support the promotion of equestrian sports, equestrian athletes, and equine welfare. Continue reading “THE EQUESTRIAN ALLIANCE”