Hervey Bay Pony Club’s riders training clinic focused on footwork and showjumping.
Hervey Bay Pony Club’s riders training clinic focused on footwork and showjumping.

Bay pony training clinic a hit

HORSES: About  30 riders aged from 8 to an age “not to be mentioned” started off the year with a great riders training clinic at Hervey Bay Pony Club grounds.

Grant Paddison from Rockhampton was one of the main attractions.

Grant is an experienced EFA coach and was on the Fraser Coast to start everyone off on the right hoof for the year.

His main focus was on flatwork, and all the riders had a great time, learning as well as laughing.

Coast instructors Megan Wray and Barry Brunke also took the riders through their paces in preparation for the showjumping and equitation competitions coming up.

Seventeen young riders from as far afield as Goomeri, South Kolan, Nambour, and Tiaro along with the locals studied for and passed their C Standard Efficiency Certificates, which all riders 12 and over are now required to hold if they want to compete at state pony club events.

The weather was extremely hot for the three-day clinic and by the end there were a few heat-related reasons for sitting and watching instead of riding.

All the riders gained a wealth of knowledge from the clinic and the club is looking to putting on another in the near future.



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