FAQ - Membership

Joining or Renewing:

What are the benefits of becoming an EWA member?
Visit the Membership Benefits page for a full summary of the benefits of EWA Membership.

Which membership category should I choose?
Whether you are a highly competitive rider, a recreational rider, a coach, a breeder, or a club, EWA has a membership category for you. Please visit the Membership Categories page to determine which membership category is best for you. Alternatively, you can call the EWA office on (08) 9296 1200 and a staff member will help you determine which membership would suit your requirements.

How much does EWA membership cost?
Please refer to the Price List for membership prices.

How long does my membership last?
EWA membership runs according to the calendar year (i.e. January to December). All EWA memberships will expire on 31 December, regardless of the month the member joined/renewed.

How do I join/renew?
If you have previously been a member of EWA or are transferring from another state, it is likely that your membership number will still be the same and you will be able to renew online through MyEA. If you are unsure of your membership number please contact the EWA office and we will be able to assist you.

If you are a brand new member you can join online or complete a membership form and email, post or fax it to the EWA office.

Can I pay for my membership in instalments?
EWA offers a monthly payment plan where your membership can be paid off over 3 months or 6 months (6 month option only available to Competitor members). Please note that the monthly payment plan is not available if you join or renew online. You must submit a membership form if you wish to pay off your membership in monthly instalments.

How long will it take for my membership to be processed?
If you have joined online, your membership will be current immediately upon payment. If you have completed a membership form we ask that you allow at least two weeks for your membership to be finalised. During the peak membership period (December - March) your application may take a little longer.

Can I compete before my membership is processed?
Providing the office has received your membership form and correct payment you are able to compete. It's best to check with the office to make sure that your membership application has been received prior to competing. You may need to complete a statutory declaration at the event stating that your paperwork is at the EWA office being processed.

How do I upgrade my membership?
It is quite common that members start the year as Participants or Recreational members and find themselves needing to upgrade later in the year in order to progress to the higher levels of competition. If you would like to upgrade to a Competitor member you will need to contact the EWA office so we can send you an Upgrade Form (not available online). The price for upgrading is the cost difference between the two membership categories.

What age do I become a Senior member?
Members become Seniors in the calendar year that they turn 19. For example, if a member turns 18 years old in February 2018, they are still considered a Junior for the whole 2018 calendar year. In 2019, they would become a Senior member.


What does Equestrian Australia (EA) member insurance cover?
EWA members receive Personal Accident Cover (for injuries you sustain) and Public and Product Liability Cover (for third party property damage and personal injury) under the Gow Gates EA Membership Structure. For more information please visit the Gow Gates - What is Covered? page.

Do I need EA member insurance if my club already has its own insurance?
Most club insurance policies only cover the club, its office bearers and volunteers by providing Public & Product Liability, Personal Accident, Professional Indemnity and Management Liability Insurance. If you would like your own insurance to cover you for injuries you sustain, and accidents or damages that occur to third parties as a result of you or your horse, you will need your own insurance.

Does EA member insurance have exclusions?
Members are not covered for:

  • Income-earning equestrian activities
  • Ball sports such as Polo or Polocrosse
  • Point-to-Point Racing
  • Activities involving cattle

When is my insurance effective?
The insurance is effective at the point EWA confirms your membership details and payment.

I have had an accident and would like to make a claim. Who do I contact?
Please visit the Gow Gates website or call 1800 811 371 to speak to a Gow Gates insurance representative.

MyEA Member Portal:

What is MyEA?
MyEA is Equestrian Australia’s online portal for members. Through MyEA members can manage their details, view results, renew/purchase competition licenses and more.

How do I access MyEA?
All you need is your EWA member number and password to login. To access the portal simply visit the MyEA.

What if I have forgotten my MyEA username or password?
You can reset your password through the MyEA. If you have forgotten your member number you will need to contact us on (08) 9296 1200.

If I am a new member, how do I gain access to MyEA?
Before you can gain access to MyEA you will need to become a member of Equestrian Western Australia. Becoming a member is easy and can be completed online. Once you become a member you can log in with your EWA membership number and password.

Is the MyEA Platform secure?
The MyEA platform is completely secure and provides the highest level of personal and financial security. As per EA’s privacy policy, no personal membership data will be provided to external or other third parties, with all membership data remaining within EA’s secure network. This includes sponsors and other business providers within the equestrian community.

If your question has not been answered here, please call us on 9296 1200 and one of our staff members can assist you.