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.