To be a coach at Avoca Park, each coach must have their EA Coaching Qualifications to teach. Australia does not provide any compulsory or safe guideline in order for an instructor to be allowed to teach, and you’ll find a lot may not even be covered with insurance.
However we do have available is our performance governing body, Equestrian Australia. Within this organisation (EA) there is an in-depth coaching education process which enables future coaches to work through 4 levels in 5 areas: General, Dressage, Show jumping, Eventing & Carriage Driving.
The 4 levels to work through are Introductory, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
They cover the theory, oral and practical elements of the 3 components to each level,– Horse Management. Riding & Coaching.
The Horse Management and Riding needing to be passed prior to the commencement of the Coaching at each level.
Before commencing the Coaching components, candidates must have completed their Working with Children check, completed their Level 2 First Aid and completed a ASADA (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority) and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) online exam.
On a yearly basis when registrations are due it is compulsory that each coach produces evidence of self-education which is based on a points system and to have also taken part in bi-yearly EA Coaching update. These updates are for any new information necessary for Equine coaches to know including insurance updates, Equestrian Australia or Equestrian Victoria rule changes.
Overall, it is a very in-depth education process that produces Coaches/Teachers of the highest standard.
At Avoca Park we feel it is particularly important for us to only use EA qualified coaches for our teaching.
The SAFETY and WELL-BEING of our non-horse owner and horse owner students is paramount to us.
With that introduction we would love to introduce you to our coaches below….