Wow! What a great venue to conduct our most recent Working equitation demonstrations. The hard working committee of the Wagin Gymkhanarama extended an invitation to Nina Guelphi, Andrew Turnbull and Sue Buckley to conduct demonstrations of the obstacle and cattle phase of working equitation during their 2 day show on the 16th and 17th of September. Our three working equitation experts worked with riders of all ages and those that participated received free coaching on a variety of obstacles. Andrew introduced riders and their horses to his mechanical cow called “Betsy”. It was great to listen to Andrew as he worked with the riders and their horses, instilling confidence in locking on to Betsy. The Gymkhanarama is now in its 3rd year, getting bigger each year. The Wagin Adult Riders and Pony Club had something for everyone: dressage, show jumping, mounted games, barrel racing and musical bareback riding and now working Equitation demos. They turned on lovely spring weather and extended a warm welcome to all. Many thanks to Wagin for inviting us. We enjoyed being a part of your 2 day show. Watch this space for what may happen next year!
Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field day has recently passed us on the 30th and 31st of August 2017. Its a big agricultural expo located in the Central wheatbelt of Western Australia with everything from machinery to cement culverts, cuddly animals and of course the Equestrian Exhibit.
Over the two days of exhibits working equitation was demonstrated by one of our committee members, Sue Buckley (WA Delegate for ANWE Ltd ). Sue gave an insight into the lateral work and bending required for the obstacles. On Wednesday Sue gave Tracey Kreplins (another ANWE WA committee member, Treasurer) and her horse Sally some training with the gate and side pass pole in the indoor arena. On Thursday some kids from the Kellerberrin PC showed off working equitation in the indoor and outdoor arenas. The riders worked with 7 obstacles and even did some working dressage. All riders enjoyed themselves thoroughly, learnt some new riding skills and hopefully demonstrated how anyone and any horse can give working equitation a go!
Remember our Training Competition is happening on the 21st of October. Why not come down and try out the obstacles and working dressage with feedback from judges. Those who have completed the judges course recently it might be a good chance to practice your skills as a obstacle judge (it is an helper duty option for the day).