Horse lovers cre­ate their own fun

New group forms to give rid­ers plenty to do

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

IT’S A new or­gan­i­sa­tion for horse lovers, with planned events open to any rider of any abil­ity.

Last week­end’s first out­ing for the Mungar and Dis­trict Equine En­thu­si­asts Inc (MAD Inc) was a cam­p­draft fun day at the Tee­bar Sports­ground.

Club pres­i­dent Don Cross said it was a great week­end for rid­ers as there wasn’t the pres­sure of com­pe­ti­tion.

“Many were first timers and had never had a go at cam­p­draft,” he said.

Mr Cross said some of the rid­ers also used the event as an op­por­tu­nity to work their horses in readi­ness for the cam­p­draft­ing sea­son.

Par­tic­i­pants paid $90, which en­ti­tled them to four runs. Adults rode on Satur­day fol­lowed by the chil­dren on Sun­day.

He said the day was popular – ev­ery­one loved it.

“We’ve only re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back,” he said.

“The heat was the only thing peo­ple com­plained about.

“To save rider, horse and beast, we held two runs in the morn­ing fol­lowed by a long break and then the last two runs later in the area.

“Ev­ery­one tried to find a cool spot and sat back and chat­ted while the chil­dren found the hose and cooled off.”

He said Tee­bar Sports­ground had great fa­cil­i­ties for an event like cam­p­draft­ing.

“It’s such a beau­ti­ful spot,” he said.

Rid­ers came from Mt Perry, Dal­larnil, Biggen­den, Mary­bor­ough and Gympie for the week­end.

Mr Cross said on be­half of his com­mit­tee it was a big thank you to all who par­tic­i­pated in the event.

“Also thank you to those who lent a hand, it was much ap­pre­ci­ated,” he said.

“It made the week­end run smooth and quick.”

Mr Cross said the Mungar and Dis­trict Equine En­thu­si­asts Inc was formed after like-minded peo­ple got to­gether.

“Ba­si­cally we were sick and tired of noth­ing hap­pen­ing in our area in relation to horse ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

“While there are nu­mer­ous clubs like the pony club etc, they only con­cen­trate on one ac­tiv­ity.

“Our mem­bers were look­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties from cam­p­draft­ing to har­ness, cut­ting and even an in­tro­duc­tion to jumping or just to get their horse away from home and prac­tice and in­tro­duce your horse to other ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We just wanted to broaden peo­ple’s hori­zons.”

Mr Cross said the long­est part of set­ting up the club was wait­ing six months for the in­cor­po­ra­tion.

Fu­ture events in­clude a T-shirt hack week­end in March.

Mr Cross said if there was any­one with a sug­ges­tion for a pos­si­ble ac­tiv­ity just let the com­mit­tee know.

“We’ll nut it out at a meet­ing and see if it’s vi­able,” he said.

Don Cross

Th­ese fun days are a great train­ing op­por­tu­nity for those with young horses.

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