We are in the process of gathering photos for the production of a BNT Photostory that will replace the current promotional material we have been using for some years. I encourage you to please help us with this most exciting production and ask you to please send in some of your favourite shots. Details for compiling the photos and permission forms attached. Hoping to see you in the new production. Please send them in as soon as possible.
Mal Keeley, Chairperson, BNT Board of Directors
Click here for Contributor Guidelines; Photo Permission form; Photo Permission form for Under 18's; or contact the BNT direct.
The Bicentennial National Trail is one of the longest marked trekking route of its kind in the world, stretching an extraordinary 5,330 kilometres from Cooktown in tropical North Queensland, to Healesville in Victoria.
The inspiration of the legendary bushman R M Williams, the Trail follows the historic coach and stock routes, old pack horse trails, and country roads. Wherever possible along its great length the Trail has been designed to be a "living history" of our country, following the routes of our early pioneers and highlighting historic sites and artifacts along the way.
As it winds virtually the length of the country, the Trail links eighteen of the country's National Parks, and reveals some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia. It traverses lush tropical rainforests, rugged mountains, valleys and gorges, remote dry plains, alpine meadows, snowfields and wilderness.
The Trail gives access to some of the wildest, most remote country in the world and provides endless fascination for those interested in Australia's unique fauna and flora.
The Trail's enormous potential is being tapped by people involved in all sorts of activities as well as the horse riding and bush walking for which it was initially established. Now camping and fishing, fossicking, canoeing, bird watching, orienteering, survival training, mountain bike riding, and travelling in horse drawn vehicles are just some of the activities being pursued along its great length.
The route of the Bicentennial National Trail lies within four hours' drive of 11 million Australians and its length and variety ensure it can be all things to all people; a wilderness or a weekend ramble, a place for the experienced trekker or the first time adventurer. Age is also no barrier to enjoying the pleasures of the Trail. Everyone, from little children to those of advanced years will find areas perfectly suited to both their fitness level and their interests.
Experienced trekkers will find as many challenges as they care to confront, while the less experienced can choose a section of the Trail which will give them more easy-going adventure.
The Trail attracts both town and country visitors, local and international tourists. All international visitors are advised to contact the Australian Consulate in their country of origin to access information regarding visas and visa extensions. The trail may take one year or more to complete depending on your level of fitness, your mode of travel and the extra time you spend to absorb the wonders of Australia.
Bush walking clubs, horse riding and pony clubs, guides, scouts, environmental and bushcraft groups, and everyone who loves the Australian bush and its unique attractions will find the Trail a profoundly enjoyable experience, rich with interest.
ATHRA is an integral part of the BNT as many clubs are section coordinators, volunteering hours of time maintaining the trail.
Click here to visit the BNT site
PACK HORSE TRAINING MANUAL (FROM "TRACKS" MARCH 2007 ISSUE)
The National Trail's maestro Mike Allen, who for twenty years has watched trekkers and their packhorses along the national Trail, has written this fabulous book. The book combines Mike's own extensive knowledge of the BNT and that of the bushman he encountered whilst negotiating and mapping the Trail. The result is one of the best-informed books on pack trekking available. The price is $25 and available from the BNT office.
Through ATHRA's ongoing education program "Sharing the Bush", ATHRA is establishing dialogue with other bush user groups to discuss common issues of concern. Click here for more information.
Wecome to your ATHRA trails and access web page.
The main purpose of this page is to assist ATHRA members with any track and trail access issues they may have.
If you require help with an access issue please try and have as many of the following details as possible:
- Park name.
- Rangers name and contact details if applicable.
- Specific tracks you want access to (do you want to do a loop or return ride?)
- What sinage, if any are relevant to the track/s.
- One day ride or several days including camping areas.
Please remember that if the track of concern is well known to you, you probably have more on the ground information about it than we do. So please, think about the level of assistance you want.
We can, make phone enquiries and write a complete submission for you, provide guidance or after reviewing your own personal submission (and possibly requesting some changes) have it endorsed by ATHRA which will give it a little more weight.
For more information or if you need assistance on any of the above, please contact
Pam O'Neill on 0409 224 605
The importance of the horse in Australia’s cultural heritage is often exploited when it comes to significant events like the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. Our folklore is rich in stories of horses and horsemanship. Yet, despite the obvious bond Australians have with these traditions, present day Australian Governments and bureaucrats are making it increasingly difficult, for those of us who love horses, to keep alive the enjoyment of riding horses through the Australian countryside.
The Australian Horse Alliance (AHA) was formed in 1993 to try and arrest growing anti-horse sentiments that are threatening horse riding access to public land.
The AHA is an umbrella organisation representing the views of the recreational horse riding fraternity. The Management Committee is comprised, in part, of representatives of a number of Peak bodies. These bodies include the NSW Pony Club Association, Australian Trail Horse Riders Association (ATHRA), the NSW Endurance Riders Association, (NSW-ERA) and Horse Riding Centres of Australia (representing commercial riding centres). The remainder of the Committee consists of delegates from a number of riding clubs. Many clubs, individuals and families have now joined the AHA to provide much needed financial and other support.
The AHA is organised in two levels: the Management Committee and a number of local branches. To date local branches have been formed in the Mid North Coast, The Hunter District, the Central Coast and the Illawarra.
The AHA can be looked upon as the political wing of the horse riding fraternity. It is NOT a party political organisation but we are not so naïve as to believe we can get anywhere without accepting the realities of the political system. The AHA regularly lobbies politicians of all parties and senior bureaucrats with regard to horse access issues. Delegates from the Management Committee have spoken to the NSW Minister for the Environment and to the Director General of NPWS on a number of occasions.
In addition to this, the AHA provides support in the form of information and tactical advice for regional groups who are fighting for local access rights. In 1998 an ‘Information Package’ was produced to provide useful information to anyone who is involved in educating and lobbying bureaucrats and politicians. This is available to members for the cost of printing ($20). This website will also be used for disseminating information.
An initiative we consider of crucial importance is the replacement of the existing Horse Riding Policy for National Parks. The AHA has drawn up a draft document and is currently negotiating with NPWS on the matter. The Policy seeks to establish a number of general principles which obviate the usual objections and give horse riders certain rights which must be factored into any plan of management. Without such a document we face the same tired old arguments and go through the same dispute whenever a new plan of management is released.
While the AHA headquarters are based in NSW and the association is therefore most active in that state we are aware that riders are facing similar obstacles in other states and groups and individuals from other states have also joined the AHA for support.
Visit the AHA here
HorseSA has prepared the Horse Riding and Road Safety Handbook. ATHRA thanks Julie Fiedler for her continued hard work and dedication to all aspects of the horse industry.
"Few riders can escape riding on roads near or with traffic. No matter how good a rider you are in the arena or on a cross country course, you will always be challenged with issues of safety for you and your horse while riding on the roads.
In most situations, drivers will mostly think two things about horse riders on public roads:
- you shouldn’t be on the road (which is not correct) or ;
- you can completely control your horse at all times, and therefore do not need any special considerations as another road user
Traffic volumes are increasing and through lack of education and life experiences, most drivers do not understand the likely behaviour of horses they are passing on the road. In addition, by law riders must take responsibility for their actions on public roads.
To make our riding experience on roads a safe and pleasurable one, due courtesy and consideration must be given to all other road users. The aim of this booklet, in conjunction with the Australian Road Rules (including the Driver’s Handbook), is to promote responsible, considerate and courteous riding on the roads by all riders. It will also promote, the training of horses to be on roadways and roadside trails.
It will raise the riders awareness of safety, and encourage them to dress in clearly visible clothing and to participate in any riding and road safety horse and/or rider training courses."
This initiative was passed at the 2006 National AGM in April and is part of our strategy of bringing "clubs and people" into the ATHRA organisation and administration. ATHRA would now like to back up our talk with statistics! Stage 1 requests each and every club to submit an Annual Report for their Branch AGM. Use of these statistics has been very successful! Thank you Clubs!
This data has assisted and identified who is doing what and gains best practice for all! It is about gaining information to assist ATHRA combat access issues and provide "Good Stories" to media to maintain as high a profile as possible in addition to general good practice administration.
Did you know that ATHRA Clubs and Members have raised in excess of $1.5M for Charities and community services! Fund raising is a major part of the ATHRA culture!
So please, continue to fill in your form each year.
This diagram has been drawn up to assist Clubs with the requirements to ensure the smooth and successful submissions for their events.
Send in your Charity Ride/Special Event form and the current fee of $30 payable to ATHRA National to your State Branch Secretary six weeks PRIOR to the event to ensure your Event is covered. Click here for a sample of completed forms.
DId you know that ATHRA Clubs and Members have raised in excess of $1.5M for charities!
As part of the exciting ATHRA restructure, forms are now standardised nationally. State based forms are no longer in use. Click here for your GUIDE to Forms and Procedures.
- IMS-F-016 Trail Ride Challenge Event Application.doc
- IMS-FAQ-001 Trail Ride Challenge.pdf
- IMS-GU-001 Trail Ride Challenge.pdf
- IMS-R-004 Trail Ride Challenges Register.xls
- IMS-TRC-01A Ridden in new company.pdf
- IMS-TRC-01B Ridden in new company.xls
- IMS-TRC-02A Trot point A to point B.pdf
- IMS-TRC-02B Trot - Point A to B.xls
- IMS-TRC-03A Step over log.pdf
- IMS-TRC-03B Step over Log.xls
- IMS-TRC-04A Walk through Creek.pdf
- IMS-TRC-04B Walk through creek Level 1.xls
- IMS-TRC-05A Walk down semi decline.pdf
- IMS-TRC-05B Walk down semi decline.xls
- IMS-TRC-06A Walk up semi incline.pdf
- IMS-TRC-06B Walk up semi incline.xls
- IMS-TRC-07A Horse back up.pdf
- IMS-TRC-07B Horse back up.xls
- IMS-TRC-08A Road and noise challenge.pdf
- IMS-TRC-08B Road and Noise Challenge.xls
- IMS-TRC-09A Side Pass - Level 1.pdf
- IMS-TRC-09B Side Pass Level 1.xls
- IMS-TRC-10A Mounting Horse - Near and off side.pdf
- IMS-TRC-10B Mounting horse on near and off sides.xls
- IMS-TRC-11A Opening and closing a gate - Level 1.pdf
- IMS-TRC-11B Opening and closing a gate - Level 1.xls
- IMS-TRC-12A Ground skill - Back up.pdf
- IMS-TRC-12B Ground skill - Back up.xls
- IMS-TRC-13A Ground skill - Circle and disengage.pdf
- IMS-TRC-13B Ground skill - Circle and disengage.xls
- IMS-TRC-14A Ground skill - Sideways movement.pdf
- IMS-TRC-14B Ground skill - Sideways movement.xls
- IMS-TRC-15A Ground skill - Secure tie up.pdf
- IMS-TRC-15B Ground skill - Tie up.xls
- IMS-TRC-16A Canter point A to point B.pdf
- IMS-TRC-16B Canter - Point A to B.xls
- IMS-TRC-17A Walk down steep decline.pdf
- IMS-TRC-17B Walk down steep decline.xls
- IMS-TRC-18A Walk up steep incline.pdf
- IMS-TRC-18B Walk up steep incline.xls
- IMS-TRC-19A Walk through deep creek - Level 2.pdf
- IMS-TRC-19B Walk through deep creek.xls
- IMS-TRC-20A Ride and lead a horse at canter.pdf
- IMS-TRC-20B Ride and lead a horse at canter.xls
- IMS-TRC-21A Ride horse over a coloured tarp.pdf
- IMS-TRC-21B Ride horse over a coloured tarp.xls
- IMS-TRC-22A Jumping - Level 1.pdf
- IMS-TRC-22B Jumping - Level 1.xls
- IMS-TRC-23A Opening and closing a gate - Level 2.pdf
- IMS-TRC-23B Opening and closing a gate - Level 2.xls
- IMS-TRC-24A Dragging a tin can.pdf
- IMS-TRC-24B Drag a tin can.xls
- IMS-TRC-25A Side Pass - Level 2.pdf
- IMS-TRC-25B Side Pass - Level 2.xls
- IMS-TRC-26A Jumping - Level 2.pdf
- IMS-TRC-26B Jumping - Level 2.xls
- IMS-TRC-27A Riding through a bog.pdf
- IMS-TRC-27B Riding through a bog.xls
- IMS-TRC-28A Crossing over a bridge.pdf
- IMS-TRC-28B Crossing a bridge.xls
- IMS-TRC-29A Noise Challenge.pdf
- IMS-TRC-29B Noise Challenge.xls
- IMS-TRC-30A Loading a horse into unfamiliarfloat.pdf
- IMS-TRC-30B Loading horse into unfamiliar float.xls
Want to keep your Club's finances in better shape? Use this handy excel spreadsheet developed by Gloria Bourke, National and NSW Treasurer. Its all set up with formulas and ATHRA related expenses! click here for Club Spreadsheet .
EMERGENCY CARD - EDIT THIS HANDY FORM TO SUIT ANY RIDE. IT WILL PRINT NICELY ON 1/2 PAGE A4, LAMINATE AND SLIP INTO YOUR SADDLE BAG - EMERGENCY CARD
Would you like some information on Forming a Club? click here to download information
This flowchart describes the steps to be taken for clubs to report a serious incident and if necessary initiate an insurance claim. The flow chart can also be viewed and downloaded by clicking on pdf IMS-GU-014 Insurance Claim Procedure V20130605 .
Use the document IMS-F-012 Incident Report V20151015 (148 KB) form to record details of the incident.
Contact details for the relevant Regional Manager and ATHRA’s Insurance Co-ordinator can be found on this website at Home > Contact Us – Directors & Position Holders.
ATHRA Affinity Insurance, in conjunction with ATHRA, are pleased to announce an exclusive offering available specifically for club members. Affinity offers a rangeof general insurance products and as a result of the association between ATHRA and Affinity, ATHRA Club members will receive a discount on all their Affinity insurance policies. Contact ATHRA Affinity Insurance to calculate your approximate premium (note this is approximate only. Affinity will advise full premium cost).
In regards to Personal Accident Insurance, ATHRA members are covered by a personal accident insurance cover at all sanctioned ATHRA activities. If members would like to top up this policy and include personal cover for their equine related activities at home this can be done via our insurance partners Affinity Insurance Brokers at a special rate by clicking on this link Ridesafe
ATHRA strives to provide to its affiliated clubs and individual members the best possible coverage it can at the best possible price.
Our 2017 insurance policies again covers Association Liability and Professional Indemnity, General Liability as well as Personal Accident insurance.
During 2017, we will continue to work closely with our business partner Affinity Insurance Brokers to offer our members additional insurance coverage should you so choose. Click on pdf IMS-GU-003 Insurance Summary V20170101 (397 KB) for a summary of ATHRA's insurance cover for 2017.
Click on IMS-FAQ-002 Frequently Asked Insurance Questions V20180228 to download the Insurance FAQs
Click on pdf IMS-GU-008 Rules Of Association V20160306 (282 KB) for latest ATHRA Constitution.
If your club is interested in hosting an accreditation weekend, please contact your Regional Manager; contact details can be found in the Home tab.
The Accreditation training team consists of: John Kasch (VIC), Alan Schultz (VIC), Pam Lamshed (NSW) and Bob Meuleners (QLD). One of these trainers will be assigned to your weekend.
Thank you and congratulations to those ATHRA members and clubs who have put in the time and effort to further enhance the safety, welfare and enjoyment of horses and riders during ATHRA affiliated events.
Visit the Accreditation Register area for up to date listings of validated members.