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Please note a small change to the rides at Toongabbie in May and September.
A 5km event has now been added to both weekends' ride menus.
Dust off the kiddies and the ponies and get involved
we welcome Nicole Porter to the portfolio of Ride Calendar Coordinator.
I'm sure Nic will do a great job in this role.
RO's please note the change if you are wanting to discuss new and existing ride applications.


Chapter 5. RIDER RULES 26.


26.1 Every participant is under the control of the chief steward whenever they are present on the ride base or on course.

26.2 Every rider and their support personnel shall conduct themselves at all times:

a) in a courteous, respectful and professional manner, and shall expect reciprocal courtesy, respect and professionalism from other persons with whom they interact, and

b) in a manner so as not to bring the Sport of Endurance into disrepute, and

c) in accordance with the AERA Social Media Engagement Rules.

The committee would like to say a huge thank you to Kerrie Gabb for all her years on the VERA Committee filling in on so many roles, you have been an integral part of VERA and you will be sorely missed. On behalf of VERA members and the SMC, we wish you every success and happiness in your future endeavours.


From Paul Nugent 

VERA President

The SMC would like to let you know about the new trailer purchases that have been made this year.

We have had 2 brand new trailers built, these will be able to be all in one stop shop at any ride base if required. There will be room for the ride sec to do entries and all the ride sec work. They will have lights attached, so no more need for hiring of light towers for RO’s.

There will be more room for the VERA equipment to be in there, so easier for the RO’s to access and use. With the 12V system including solar panels, and batteries required by the RO’s can stay charged ready to go.They are still a work in progress as they are getting fitted with 240V power, but once they are up and running, as an RO if you wish to use them as the one stop shop or just to get the equipment to your ride base, the choice is yours.

We can’t wait to get them finished, with signwriting on them, and get them out to the RO’s and members to see and use next year.

AERA is introducing a new Online Membership Renewal module to AERA Online for the 2024 membership year. From 1 January 2024 members will be able to renew their memberships digitally, update their contact and address details and manage their FEI/EA membership information, all from the comfort of their lounge or office chair.

This new functionality allows members to select their own membership categories, sign their membership declaration and make the payment in a quick and easy process negating the need to print out paperwork or mail in applications.


30.1 There are no rider riding divisions in introductory, intermediate, training rides, micro-marathon or mini-marathon rides.

30.2 For endurance and marathon rides, riders shall enter and compete in one riding division only according to Table 14.

Table 14   Rider riding division criteria Riding division Criteria

Heavyweight  All-up riding weight of 91 kg or greater

Middleweight All-up riding weight of 73 kg or greater

Lightweight No minimum weight


38.1 Riders shall wear:

a) appropriate clothing which presents a smart and professional image for the sport of endurance at all times whilst riding on course, presenting a horse for a veterinary inspection or BC and at the presentation ceremony.

b) the allocated rider bib as the outer most item of clothing. The bib must be clearly visible at all times and shall be worn by the person trotting the horse at all veterinary inspections. (If the strapper is running the horse out at the vet check, they must wear the riders bib/number)

c) A fastened protective equestrian helmet (must be on at all times when mounted) in accordance with the current international equestrian competition standards.   (See below for compliance numbers)

38.2 Riders are recommended to utilise caged safety stirrups if flat heeled riding shoes with a heel less than 1cm in depth are being worn. (For people who choose to ride in runners or similar footwear)

(It is recommended that appropriate footwear should be worn be all people who are around horses at a ride, including in the vet ring, leading/grazing horse and strapping, not just the competitors)



47.1 A novice horse which has not been issued with a novice horse logbook may only enter introductory, intermediate or micro-marathon rides. A novice horse entering an endurance ride or mini-marathon ride must have and utilise its novice horse logbook.

47.2 A novice horse shall not enter an endurance ride where the total distance of the ride is longer than 120 km. (Even if the ride is an elevated ride above this distance, you cannot enter)

47.3 A novice horse may only enter:

a) one ride on any particular day

b) a maximum of 2 endurance or mini-marathon rides in any 22-day period