GIVING BACK TO THE COACHES

SBIES were delighted to be approached by equestrian apparel company, Willow Beast asking how they could give back to the SBIES community. Thanks, WILLOW BEAST .

In the spirit of giving back, SBIES and Willow Beast want to reward all the COACHES who have been helping us spread the anti-bullying message.

We want to know the best piece of advice your coach has ever given you? Willow Beast has kindly donated two of their gorgeous competition shirts below as prizes. Continue reading “GIVING BACK TO THE COACHES”

THE FUTURE OF EQUESTRIAN SPORTS – STANDING ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKIN’ IN

OPINION |24.04.2018

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”

QUESTIONS BEING ASKED ABOUT BULLYING IN ELITE SPORTS BY SENATOR PATRICK

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 CLUB TAKES THE LEAD AGAINST BULLYING IN EQUESTRIAN SPORTS

PRESS RELEASE

16.04.2018

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”

CONTROVERSIAL DECISION BY EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIA

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”

EQUESTRIAN SPORTS IN AUSTRALIA ON NOTICE

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”

STOP BULLYING IN EQUESTRIAN SPORTS

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”