Equestrian Australia is delighted to offer its Sporting Schools program to children across Australia’s school yards. We are pleased to partner with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to deliver this $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport.
As a joint project, Equestrian Australia and the Pony Club of Australia are proud to present the junior participation program, Ready Set Trot which is an introductory equestrian program for children who love horses but may not have access to a horse of their own.
As the national sporting organisation (NSO) for equestrian, we offer schools and coaches quality programs that encourage children to participate in this great sport.
The Equestrian Australia product
Ready Set Trot – Playground Skills is a sport based program that enables children to use their imagination to learn basic horse knowledge and welfare through fun, physically active and traditional schoolyard group games.
A horse is not required for this equestrian focused program and all lessons can be delivered on school grounds using a combination of basic sports equipment including balls, hoops, cones and skipping ropes. While developing their motor skills young people will learn values such as team work and respect. Ready Set Trot offers young people a unique opportunity to learn a new sport.
Teachers and coaches are provided with a delivery handbook detailing easy lesson plans as well as age specific activity sheets to reinforce horse knowledge identified through the corresponding activities – making it the perfect wet weather or extension resource.
Teachers and coaches are our assets
Equestrian Australia values the role of teachers not just in the classroom but in the school yard as well. Their enthusiasm for improving children’s lives is often understated. Society places its trust and confidence in teachers who as educators, have one of the most important roles for our children, outside of parents and carers.
Coaches are also a wonderful influence on children throughout their formative years. Coaches are the people who deliver the skills with fun and enjoyment.
The information below is a guide to how schools, coaches and sporting organisations can deliver the Ready Set Trot program within Sporting Schools.
NSW, ACT, VIC, SA and TAS
Contact: Amanda Vidas
Phone: (02) 8762 7777
WA, QLD and NT
Contact: Tracey Vardy
Phone: 0416 267 670
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