Considerations for the future EA Board

Proposing party: Working Group


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  1. This submission in its detail contains a number of good suggestions which will fit well into a good corporate structure and allow for member input.

    What still remains is to decide the role EA will have in the world of amateur equestrian sport as regards liaison with government or simply as managers of the FEI disciplines.

    I am not sure that everyone who joins does so for the insurance (this is a minimal cover) but rather to join in competition and training. However, this is available through riding clubs in Victoria, Pony clubs, shows and many other activities such as breed and ag shows, and trail riding in most states and these don’t involve membership of EA.

    This submission plays lip service to the role of the states and this is probably the most important thing that the new constitution needs to address.

    • I join EA for insurance and currently to access low level events (EA80 eventing, Prelim Dressage and unofficial SJ, plus clinics). I am too old for PC and do not wish to attend Riding Club.

  2. I think memberships are far too expensive. This year was the first time I saw some improvement, but considering there is not likely to be any events until late spring. It is a membership to do what? Well that is at least what I asked myself.

  3. I also question why our grass roots ends at EA80 and not EA105, like how BE100 is the end of grass roots in UK. This would make things far more accessible to join. I was finally able to join as a participant as my current horse given covid will not be out doing more than EA80 this year, but my fee will up as soon as she is ready for EA95.

  4. I think members join EA for the sport. Insurance is a necessary evil but there are many other, more cost effective ways just to get insurance like riding clubs, HRCAV, pony clubs, private etc. So the focus should be on members competing in sport, their opportunities and great value for membership money.

    This is a brilliantly thought out proposal with some good points and governance but it’s too State heavy/driven. We need to stream line administrative functions and reduce costs, red tape and duplication. I don’t see that in this proposal.

  5. Thank you for taking the time to develop your proposal. Your first sentence worries me: that “the reason the majority of people join EA is for the insurance product”I don’t believe this to be valid, in my opinion most people join EA to participate in equestrian activities – primarily competition for which membership is compulsory. The insurance product was an add-on introduced (memory may be unreliable) in the 90’s and was promoted as a benefit to membership however, the reality has been that it only covers a restricted range of costs not covered by Medicare (although still of benefit to many) and does not cover professional riders or anyone else earning an income from equestrian activities including coaches. There are other options for insurance.
    You seem to be requiring participants to be a member of a club as a requirement for membership & voting rights in EA, is that correct? This does occur in other countries -especially in Europe but is not currently required in Australia.
    You mention affiliate groups who, from my experience, generally take up affiliation in order to conduct competitions using EA’s intellectual property (rules, officials etc), you then include “Western”( a very broad term and you have included this separately to Reining which is a discipline of Western competition) and camp drafting in your list of sport disciplines, have you consulted these sports and asked if they wish to be included in EA as represented sports? Why have you listed “grass roots” as a separate discipline? How would this operate- differently to the levels of competition & services already provided?
    There are considerations raised in this proposal that have not been included in other proposals which should be included in the discussion but I am concerned that some of the presumptions on which it is based don’t reflect the profile of current membership.

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