Members please note our very exciting – and very first!!! – 3 Phase Closed Club Comp will be held on Sunday 28 July 2019, commencing at 8:00am and hosted at our usual grounds, the Muswellbrook RDA, Sandy Creek Road, Muswellbrook, 2333.
The enthusiasm for this event has been wonderful. Please note this is a MEMBERS ONLY COMPETITION **. There are currently limited places still available, so get in and Renew / Register that Membership, book in to the comp on Trybooking and come along and enjoy the day!
Don’t forget our AGM is up shortly too, on TUESDAY, JULY 23 (not Thursday for this one) at the Denman Bowling Club at 6.30pm. Come along and have a meal, have a listen and become a part of the future of this great little club. All positions are re-opened, so if you’d like to have a crack – you are most welcome, encouraged and any and all assistance offered to our little club is most appreciated. You don’t need skills, just a willing heart and a great attitude! We can teach you the rest!
Meanwhile, happy riding and see you all at the comp!
Greetings members and onlookers all! What a fantastic year it has been for our little club. Our training days, clinics and fun days have been a great success with even our most tentative and newest riders expanding their skillset and confidence – and many of our ladies, experienced and beginners, bringing home competition ribbons from both WEDU and ANWE comps alike – including at Nationals with both affiliations! Fantastic!! We’ve become a very competitive little club and slowly but surely we’ve managed, through sheer determination and commitment, to muster up a fulsome set of our own obstacles and now at the pinnacle of the year – hosting our own closed comp – how fabulous!
We look with bright eyes and determined hearts to another exciting and hopefully even more fulsome year ahead!
Our upcoming AGM will be held on TUESDAY, JULY 23 (not Thursday for this one) at the Denman Bowling Club at 6.30pm. We would love all members and even prospective members to come along and be a part of it!
Remember its our members that are the heart of the club and keep it alive; we need each and every one of you – as much as we all need each other other – to keep our good times rolling! Without every one of you, and everyone taking part in some small way, we couldn’t have become what we are today.
So come along and have a meal, have a listen and be a part of the future of this great little club. All positions are re-opened, so if you’d like to have a crack – you are most welcome, encouraged and any and all assistance offered to our little club is most appreciated. You don’t need skills, just a willing heart and a great attitude! We can teach you the rest!
How delighted we were on Sunday to be granted the most perfect weather for our final horse riding meet for 2018 – the Upper Hunter Working Equitation Christmas Bash! And Oh! What a Bash it was!!
Come dressed up or come as you are – all made an effort to make the day as fun and fabulous as possible with horses and riders both donned in everything from Tinsel and Baubles sewn on caps, saddles and saddle cloths, to Deer Horns and Santa Caps and Santa Socks on furry forelegs!
Our very spectacular Secretary ran the day with great success, doing all the legwork (as always!) and guiding our girls as we mastered the Working Equitation Obstacle Course set up by all who attended under the newly finished, now fully covered (and very schmick, we must say!) Muswellbrook RDA Riding Arena.
Many thanks to the RDA once again for the use of their grounds and our heartfelt thanks to Jude for giving up her own ride to make ours happen! We would be lost without both of them!
We would also like to extend a very big thank-you to Mr Phillip Haggarty of Parkville, who volunteered his time, skills and donated the materials to mount our Working Equitation bull, which we blooded in a big way on our last gig for the year! (Not Literally!!) Such a big, ‘spooky’ obstacle, a challenge to all and very well handled by both horses and riders.
Our Christmas Champagne Obstacle Course was a laugh and a half as all ladies exercised (some for the first time!!) their yet to be fully mastered (for some), one handed riding skills, making their way from one end of the arena to the other, horse in one hand, glass in the other as quickly as possible, without spilling a drop! (Plastic glasses – and water for champaigne – but still loads of fun and lots and lots of laughter as Tilley did a series of donut burnouts in the middle of the arena (having never ridden one-handed), followed by a wild gallop to the finish line with, needless to say – a then empty glass. Round two saw Robyn cross the finish line first, riding like the pro that she is, with barely a drop spilled, only to have her girl shudder and shake off the flies – and empty her glass at the critical moment of truth!
It was a photo finish (serious business – our girls are a highly competitive bunch!!) with Kel winning both her heat and the final by a nose – actually a drop – to take out the much coveted prize of… a Cattle Ranch, erm – empty plastic cup!
Best dressed rider, best dressed horse and best dressed combo was voted for over a smorgasboard style lunch. Congrats to a very shocked Sandra who won best dressed rider, Anita with best dressed horse & rider combo and Cindy with best dressed horse!
A massive spread of assorted platters and the popping of non-alcoholic sparkling fizz ensued, with prizes (lovely diffusers and scented candle!) given to our category winners as lunch was ravished by a very famished hoard of exhausted, but very satisfied ladies!
A great day was had by all who were able to attend and those who couldn’t – we missed you ladies!
Our little club has gone ahead in leaps and bounds this year and we aim to continue this trend well into the future, all of us setting our sites forward to the coming year with great enthusiasm and anticipation for a productive and enjoyable year to come!
Our final club meeting for the year will be held this Thursday at the Denman Bowling Club at 6.30 pm, where we will set our riding day dates for 2019 and iron out anything we each feel needs attending. See you all there!
Meanwhile, we wish you all and each other a very Happy Christmas and may the coming year be a fun and fruitful one full of fab times and new friendships!
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!
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 email@example.com .