Riders take on challenge
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.”