Information for EQ & Club Members

As an Equestrian Queensland member, you are able to access a wide range of participant and official competitions at our affiliated clubs across Queensland. By riding at a club affiliated with Equestrian Queensland, you can rest assured that the club is using the most up to date tests, rules, and fully accredited judges and officials, as well as receiving all the benefits that come with your EQ membership!

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Types of Events

There are a number of different categories of competitions that affiliated clubs can hold. These include:

Closed Events: club activities for club members to compete against other members of the same club. Clubs may invite EQ members to participate in these activities, however they may choose to allow their club members only.

Participant Events: EQ Participant & Competitor members may compete at these events in ‘below the line’ classes. No grading points are acquired for horses in these events, and EA horse registration is not required. For further information about what levels are classed as ‘below the line’ for each sport view our membership structure information. Many EQ affiliated clubs will hold Club & Participant events, where both club members and EQ Participant & Competitor members may compete.

Competitive Events: these are events that acquire grading points for horses. Only EQ Competitor members may enter these classes, and horses must be EA registered and have the relevant performance cards issued.

For further information about the membership structure, membership benefits and current fees, visit the Join EQ page.


Primary responsibilty for biosecurity at events lies with the horse owners/competitors, long before you attend an event. All horse owners and competitors should be aware that you have a biosecurity obligation to take all reasonable steps to ensure your activities do not spread a pest, disease or contaminant. Competitors are asked to ensure good biosecurity practices at home, and will be required to submit a horse health declaration at events. For further information about biosecurity, and resources including the horse health declaration, please visit our Biosecurity page 

Medication Control/Swabbing

Swabbing is the testing of a horses urine and blood samples to ensure that all horses are competing under the national EA and FEI competition rules without being influence by prohibited substances. Anti-Doping programs seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. This intrinsic value is often referred to as "the spirit of sport"; it is the essence of Olympism; it is how we play true. The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport

In 2005 EA launched a National approach to Medication Control of Horses competing at EA and FEI events. CLICK HERE for more information.