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Posted by Equestrian Northern Territory on 30/04/2020.



Equestrian NT (ENT) continued priority is the safety of our members and the community.

Following the Chief Minister’s announcement today, the Northern Territory Government is delivering a three-stage process towards easing restrictions to combat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Frequently asked questions have been prepared by the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture to assist the sport and active recreation sector to understand these changes:

What does this today’s announcement mean for the sport of equestrian?  To provide some further clarity for our sport:

Stage 1 – 12 Noon 1 May 2020

Horse riding and coaching can continue in its existing form of an ‘individual activity’.  For coaches this means 1:1 lesson to remain.  For clubs this means you can offer your members ‘individual’ opportunities to ride, but in accordance with the stage requirements should not be referenced/advertised as ‘training or competition’.

Stage 2 – 15 May 2020

Coaches can resume group lessons with a 2-hour time limit.  Clubs can resume training or protocol opportunities with a 2-hour time limit.

Stage 3 – 5 June 2020

Coaches and clubs do not need to observe a 2-hour time limit on activities.  Clubs can resume competition.

The key item for all the 3 stages is:  1 PERSON EVERY 1.5M & STRICT HYGIENE PROTOCOLS APPLY

What does this mean?


  • Keep practicing social distancing
  • Continue to wash your hands and keep best practice hygiene
  • If you are feeling unwell or experiencing flu like symptoms of any kind stay at home
  • For coaches carefully consider coaching students 60 years of age or over, or any vulnerable or immune compromised students.

We are currently working with our affiliated clubs on their individual roadmaps to re-open the 2020 season.  Please be patient whilst they work through what that will look like.

For further information or updates please visit [email protected] 

If you have any questions, please email them to us at [email protected]

Anne-Marie Cruickshank

Chair, Equestrian Northern Territory




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