Interschool aims to develop the individual through the discipline of equestrian sport. 

To achieve this aim the four main objectives of Interschool are:

  • To promote equitation education and equestrian sport in school programs across South Australia;

  • To provide a competition structure that will give opportunities for South Australian Interschool riders a platform to progress from grass roots level to a National level with the aim of developing excellence in equestrian sport;

  • To encourage the development of discipline, character, sportsmanship, teamwork and a sense of achievement in Interschool riders in South Australia; and

  • To reward and educate riders in horsemanship and horse management with the aim of creating a competitive sporting environment that places the welfare of the horse at the fore. 

National Rules & Information: for all disciplines are on the EA National website - click here

Interschool SA Handbook- ALL Interschool participants (riders, parents, schools, supporters) are encouraged to read this document. The handbook provides information about school competitions, state championships, Australian championships, SA State Interschool Team, membership requirements and specific discipline requirements. An electronic copy is available at the link below, or hard copies are available for purchase from the ESA office for $30. 

Interschool SA State Team: riders who wish to be selected for the SA State Interschool Team need to refer to the Interschool SA Selection Policy below.

2017 Interschool

In 2017 there are multiple events for each discipline, including events in regional areas. These events will include classes that qualify riders for selection for the State Team, and qualifying events will also earn points for their school toward the School Perpetual Trophy. Refer to the Event Calendar for the latest list of competitions.

To compete in Interschool classes, riders must be registered with Equestrian South Australia (ESA) prior to close of entries for the relevant event. A nomination fee is payable with the registration, which allows the rider to compete in all Interschool competitions for that discipline during the season:

  • $40 per rider/horse combination for 1 discipline
  • $70 per rider/horse combination for 2 disciplines
  • $90 per rider/horse combination for 3 disciplines
  • $100 per rider/horse combination for 4 or 5 disciplines

Alternatively, the rider/horse combination may pay a fee of $10 per event (in this instance a new registration form must be completed with each payment). It is recommended that riders aiming for state selection register for the season and compete in more than the minimum number of events to increase their chance of selection.

ALL riders competing at the ESA Interschool State Championships must be current Competitive Junior members of ESA, or current Interschool Junior members.

Riders in all disciplines must meet minimum criteria to be consider for selection for the state team. Please make sure you are aware of these requirements when planning your season.

Changes to the Interschool National rules include:

  • Full time TAFE students that are under the age of 19 years are eligible to compete
  • Primary competitions are restricted to athletes enrolled up to and including year 6
  • Secondary competition is for those enrolled in year 7 to 12 inclusive, in the year of competition up to 18 years of age. Students over 18 may apply for special consideration

Please refer to the Interschool page at  for the full discipline rules. 

All Interschool Application Forms are currently being updated for 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact the Equestrian SA Office.

Interschool Handbook 2017