ENGAGE IN EQUINE SPORT & ACTIVITIES

Equine Pathways Australia (EPA) developed from the real experience of those with physical disabilities who seek to personally develop and improve their life opportunities and wellbeing. Our philosophy is to offer the chance for all people with disabilities (whether acquired at birth, through illness or accident) to participate in a community-based program, sharing their life experiences and goals by exploring para equestrian activities. Our mission is accomplished through integrated health, community and sporting participation programs and the identification and creation of vocational pathways.

EPA is an accredited Paralympics Australia Centre for Paralympic Preparation. The organisation uses qualified dressage coaches who work with a team of allied health providers to deliver a wide range of services, including trauma counselling, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sports psychology, nutritional advice, osteopathy and exercise physiology.

GENERAL PARTICIPATION

Equine Pathways Australia runs regular two-day clinics nationally for participants with physical disability. The two-day clinic provides every participant with a schedule of appointments with expert allied health providers and coaches including physiotherapy, sport psychologist, exercise physiologist and other health professionals along with a dressage lesson each day. The clinic assists participants to develop and reach their goals. The two-day clinics are available at a variety of venues around Australia. Participants range from entry level riders through to para-Olympians.

HIGH PERFORMANCE

The High-performance pathway offers our participants the opportunity to advance their competition skills. Building on from our general participation program, our expertise is second to none in this area as we ensure every athlete has the best possible opportunity to achieve their goals through our comprehensive assessment and training programs, competition plans, regular and rigorous testing and reporting which provides the necessary tools our athletes need to succeed.

VOCATIONAL

The Equine Industry is the third biggest employer in Australia with an almost infinite number of different roles. It is also one of the most dangerous occupations in the country with injuries being common and varied. Many people, once injure, lose their employment and then find it difficult to re-engage at all with the equine world.

It is our strong belief that assisting people to once again find meaningful employment at whatever level they are capable, not only assists with their rehabilitation and recovery, but also re-engages them with the industry they are passionate about.