All members of Upper Hunter Working Equitation club would like to extend our heartiest thanks to Ashley Danks for the informative, fun and fabulous Jump Training day she hosted for us this Sunday, 22nd July at the RDA Grounds. Many thanks as always to Riding For The Disabled for the use of their excellent grounds.
Ashley’s jumping skills are second to none and the capability she showed in being able to translate that knowledge on the ground floor to turn even the most nervous and tentative of our club riders into confident, calm and enthusiastic jumpers was astounding to say the least!
An enjoyable and informative day was had by all who attended and we can’t wait to have Ashley back again. We highly recommend her training and experience to anyone wishing to improve and hone their jumping skills and technique!
No only did we jump on Sunday, but we also worked together in our Working Equitation paddock, helping each other to hone up on our Working Equitation skills, focusing principally on the finer points of the sport and what is required and looked for by judges in competition with each obstacle.
We’ve come a long way as a club over the past twelve months and it was so lovely to see that we are still maintaining harmonious, happy horses and riders as we all work – and play! – together doing what we love most!
We look forward to our next gathering for more Horsey High-jinks together!
Until then, keep riding ladies & gents!
It was great to see such a good turnout for our very first Club Training Day for 2018, with 12 of our 20 members in attendance. A very warm welcome to our newest (and youngest!) members!
We cannot give enough thanks to both the Upper Hunter and the Denman Men’s Sheds who have slaved away on our behalf for literally months, building our fabulous Working Equitation Course Obstacles. We have two spanking new bridges and a lovely white, wood slat gate. These obstacles far exceeded our expectations; the craftsmanship is superb and attention to detail and required specifications, simply phenomenal. We highly recommend these guys to anyone looking for any equipment you may need made to order!
It was an absolute treat to be training on real obstacles as a team! Splitting into two teams of six, half of us trotted into the Obstacle Training Paddock to hone our Working Equitation skills, while the other half dozen hit the large, sheltered arena with well known, enthusiastic and eccentric trainer, Marcia Williamson, for a grueling 90 minute dressage training session.
We found Marcia of great benefit to the club, easily integrating all riders as a group whilst still focusing on each rider’s individual needs and adapting the application of her training methods and advice to each rider’s skill level, physical capabilities and current riding/training needs.
Skills specifically targeted in this session were trotting and cantering posture, strengthening legs and core, canter transitions and jump training for both horse and rider.
It was an exhausting, at times challenging, but definitely most satisfying and more importantly, fun day for all! After watering and cooling both ourselves and our horses, we topped off the day with our usual delightful banquet of home made goodies, as ever in surplus to our eating capabilities; a much needed and well earned respite after the efforts of the day!
We look forward to our next meet in March!
As always, new members are most welcome. Our next club meeting in March will be held on the last Thursday of the month at the Denman Pub. See you there!
It was a drizzly damp day on Sunday the 5th, but none-the-less we rocked up, saddled up and teamed up for our first training day on our new grounds. Thankfully the 72 foot arena was half sheltered allowing us to continue honing our Working Equitation course skills through the wind and sheeting drizzle!
With thanks to the RDA for the use of their great grounds for our training day; an excellent facility which we hope to utilise into the future for many more club meets!
Until our next meet, keep smiling!