Jan 2018 UHWEC Training Day

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!

p1050747-1-e1519954908573.jpgWe 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!

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P1050635 (1)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!

Happy Riding!


2018 First General Meeting

The first General Meeting of UHWE for 2018 will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018
At the Denman Hotel at 6.30pm.

This is just before our first club day and entries for this are available from our club Secretary Judy.  You can contact her via our contact form or using any of the details on our Contact page.

A very warm welcome to all our new members and we look forward to seeing you at our meetings!


RDA Grounds, Muswellbrook

UHWE RDA 1065th Nov 17

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!

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Until our next meet, keep smiling!


UHWEC First Club Fun Day


Our very first Upper Hunter Working Equitation Club meet was a fabulously fun and informative day, enjoyed thoroughly by all as we acquainted ourselves with the working equitation obstacle course, as well as each other and each other’s horses!  “Getting to know you… Getting to know all about you…!”  That about sums it up!  The weather was kind and the turn-out was great with thirteen of our already enlisted members rocking up to have a crack at the course.  The day commenced at 8.30 and we finished up at around two-thirty.

Lunch was a fulsome banquet fit for medieval royalty, with fruit platters, salad platters, cold meat, sandwiches and homemade quiches, sweet custard tarts and an assortment of other yummy dishes – too many to list!  An impromptu meeting as we munched our lunch served to sort out our shirt sizes, next meet and nut out where we are at as a club and where we are headed.

Our enormous thanks to Kerry Balmer-Smith who hosted the day on her lovely property ‘Kevarty Oaks’ in Wybong, and to her and her team of helpers who put in the tremendous effort required to set up the course; an excellent job, really well done and much appreciated by all who participated.  Also a big handshake to all available hands helping to pack-up, which made for an easy and pleasant end of day.

Overall it was a successful, informative and fabulously fun day which we are all keen to repeat again in the very near future!

Our next meet is a Working Equitation Clinic with Kim Peterson on September 24th.  This Clinic is now fully booked!  For further information regarding this or anything further details about our club please contact our Secretary, Judy Anshaw at  rainwhisperer66@gmail.com .

Happy Horsing!