Horse lovers create their own fun
New group forms to give riders plenty to do
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.
These fun days are a great training opportunity for those with young horses.