Rid­ers put through their paces

Kim Howard with Barney tak­ing part in the horse­man­ship course.

Campaspe News - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

A THREE day horse­man­ship clinic was held at El­more Eques­trian Park at the week­end for keen rid­ers and their horses.

Ross Ja­cobs Good Horse­man­ship has been com­ing to the area for the past six years and worked with in­di­vid­ual horses and their own­ers to de­velop a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship.

Amanda Souter has been a stu­dent of Ross’ for 15 years and was re­spon­si­ble for or­gan­is­ing the lo­cal clin­ics.

Souter said par­tic­i­pants gain a closer con­nec­tion with their horses and clin­ics cre­ated a more equal re­la­tion­ship be­tween horse and rider.

‘‘We had around six peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tual clinic and an­other six fence-sit­ters who were able to ask ques­tions through­out the lessons about why horses re­sponded in cer­tain ways and the like,’’ Souter said.

‘‘The one thing I have taken away from his teach­ing is that ev­ery horse is dif­fer­ent mo­ment by mo­ment, day to day, and you can’t ex­pect be­cause it does some­thing right one day it will be the same the next.

‘‘You can never blame the horse for some­thing you’re not get­ting right.’’

Souter added horse own­ers should al­ways ques­tion what they’re told about horse­man­ship and how they treat their horses.

Kim Howard par­tic­i­pated in the clinic and has been a keen stu­dent of Ross Ja­cobs Good Horse­man­ship for a num­ber of years, at­tend­ing the past three clin­ics held in Vic­to­ria.

Her com­mu­ni­ca­tion and rid­ing has im­proved with her horse Barney since she be­gan learn­ing un­der Ross and has en­abled her to progress to level two in the Horse Rid­ing Club As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria.

Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in next year’s clinic or would like more in­for­ma­tion on Ross Ja­cobs Good Horse­man­ship can con­tact Amanda on 0427 591 139 or email trail­buddy@big­pond.com.

Souter also of­fers lessons and men­tor­ship on horse­man­ship and is work­ing to­wards col­lab­o­ra­tions with other rid­ers at El­more Events Cen­tre.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able through the Trail Buddy Face­book page.

Rochester Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion's un­der 18s girls squad. (Back row from left) Ella Roul­ston, Yolanda Fo­ley, Mikayla Palmer, Zara My­ers, (front row from left) Macy McCaig, Ge­or­gia Wa­ters, Gabby McCaig. Ab­sent – Rosy Miechel.

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