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At the last AERA meeting a rule change was proposed by QERA in relation to the age at which our juniors can ride unaccompanied.  This rule change lifts the age by 2 years.  This will mean that juniors must be accompanied by an adult (and cannot ride alone or with another junior) until they are 12 years of age.  The age is taken as the junior’s age on the day or the ride. 

The VERA SMC would like to remind riders and trainers that the swabbing program will be conducted throughout the 2021 season. Swabbing may be done at any ride and over any distance (not just endurance rides) so please ensure that you all abide by the rules in regards to the use of prohibited substances.

It is suggested that you thoroughly read Section 5 of the AERA Rulebook (available on the AERA website) as this covers all aspects of equine anti-doping and control medication requirements.

As we draw close to the first ride of the season at Dergholm the SMC would like to highlight to members that the greater majority of Victorian horses will be under the 13 month rule as a result of the shutdown of the sport last year. Rule 48.2 states:

If a horse of endurance status has not successfully completed one endurance ride in the preceding 13 month period, calculated retrospectively from the day of the ride to be entered, then that horse shall be deemed to have returned to novice horse status and must enter all rides pursuant to Clause 47 until the horse successfully completes one endurance ride.

27 MAY 2021

As per this morning's Victorian Government update, the existing COVID-19 related Public Health Orders have changed, and a state-wide 7-day circuit breaker has been announced.  Effective from 11.59pm tonight (Thursday 27 May) until 11.59pm Thursday 3 June, a circuit breaker will be implemented with only five reasons to leave your home:


Please find attached the Product Disclosure Statement for the Personal Accident policy offered to members by AERA's insurance brokers Surewise. This Product Disclosure Statement will be available on VERA's website shortly.

Please note that this is an optional insurance policy and members should undertake their own research to ascertain whether this policy meets their needs.


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