At Equine Pathways Australia, success looks like:
We are striving to achieve this through
EPA was founded by Julia Battams in 2017 from a need for a structured program for people with a disability or recovering from illness or injury to engage with or return to involvement in equine sport. Since this time, EPA has evolved to become a Public Benevolent Institution endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) governed by its Constitution and a Board of Directors. Equine Pathways Australia Ltd. is also accredited as a Paralympics Australia Centre for Paralympic Preparation.
Julia, now the Executive Program Manager, has responsibility to the EPA Board of Directors for managing and delivering EPA’s program to participants. Julia is supported by a team of specialised service providers who have been involved in Equestrian sport for many years, not only in able-bodied sport, but also in Riding for the Disabled, High Performance and Paralympic sport. Between them they have coached riders at all levels and have been in head coach or management and support roles at 10 Paralympic Games, 15 World Championships and countless other international events.
Equine Pathways Australia headquarters are currently located at Balmoral Equestrian Centre in Narre Warren North, Victoria. EPA are currently establishing ‘satellite programs’ aimed at delivering the EPA program into each State for participants nationally.
People with a physical disability are often highly vulnerable to comorbid mental illnesses such as suicidality, PTSD, depression and anxiety. Some are socially isolated or live in low socio-economic circumstances and it is vital they are not disadvantaged in accessing support needed to achieve their goals.
Participation in regular clinics gives participants the chance to be part of a supportive community who understand the challenges that each of them have. The scheduled clinics give a structure to participants’ lives. Each participant has goals which are reviewed by their allied health providers and are given tasks to achieve between each of the clinics. Their family and friends are included in the activities in order to provide that additional motivation to complete the required tasks.
The foundational documents governing Equine Pathways Australia can be found here