Scot MacDonald
29th May 2018

The NSW Government will host a free workshop in Newcastle aimed at reducing horse-related injuries and fatalities among novice and beginner riders, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today.

The training will be held on Tuesday 5th June at Merewether Golf Club, King Street, Adamstown, 10am registration for 10.30am start.

Mr MacDonald said the code of practice was established to help employers and workers in the horse industry reduce injuries and bolster workplace safety measures.

The training will be offered free of charge and is aimed at helping everyone in the industry improve safety for novice and beginner riders.

“Of the 133 fatalities that occurred Australia-wide between 2000 and 2014, 42 occurred in NSW alone, and 18 per cent involved people under the age of 20,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The workshops will discuss what the code of practice is and what workers and workplaces it relates to, as well as examine the different safety systems for the different disciplines within the horse industry.”

“There will be training sessions to outline the responsibilities of businesses and individuals when new or inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses in the workplace, and discussions on how to manage the risks associated with new riders at work.”

For a full list of where events will be held and for further information on the code of practice visit

To register for the Newcastle workshop visit: