Rid­ers take on chal­lenge

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST -

A STOCK­MAN’S chal­lenge de­vel­op­ment clinic to be held in Eidsvold from Fe­bru­ary 14–15 will be a rare op­por­tu­nity for horse own­ers and rid­ers to be tu­tored by the best.

Ken May said this clinic would be a bit dif­fer­ent to a horse­man­ship and cat­tle clinic as he would be de­vel­op­ing rid­ers to com­pete in a stock­man’s chal­lenge.

“I will be do­ing the dry work and pad­ding work, which is part of the chal­lenge, and Tony Mor­timer will be do­ing the cat­tle side of it,” Mr May said.

“Satur­day and Sun­day morn­ing and Sun­day af­ter­noon we will run a small chal­lenge and Tony and I will judge and who­ever are place-get­ters will re­ceive prizes.”

Par­tic­i­pants will be shown how to un­der­stand and how to read a pat­tern, run a pat­tern on their horse and how to break that pat­tern down in their mind be­fore they go into the ring.

They will be coached on what judges are look­ing for th­ese days in chal­lenges.

“Tony will be talk­ing about the cat­tle work side and what judges are look­ing for and ev­ery­one will get a run on a cow,” Mr May said.

“He will also be talk­ing about what hap­pens if things go wrong, how you can cor­rect and how to get your points back.

“The rid­ers will learn what it’s all about, it’s a jewel event, two phases to ev­ery chal­lenge, if a rider drops a few points those points can be caught up in other places.”

Both Mr May and Mr Mor­timer are on the newly formed Aus­tralian Chal­lenge Horse As­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee.

“There are 12 other train­ers run­ning clin­ics around Queens­land, New South Wales and Vic­to­ria,” Mr May said.

“Last year we ran one ma­jor clinic at Capella, where we had 10 in­struc­tors and 100 stu­dents. We ro­tated them ev­ery hour for two days. That was a big deal, big thing to or­gan­ise.”

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