No horsing around with riders’ safety
HORSE RIDING: Siblings Trader and Holly Ahern are only a year apart in age and have both been involved with the Gayndah Horse and Pony Club for years.
The brother and sister have different tastes when it comes to which events and skills they take to most, but each is just as eager as the other to keep learning.
“Jumping is probably my favourite,” Holly said.
“It’s exciting and a little challenging.”
Meanwhile, Trader was partial to the team penning and hoped to compete at a high level.
“The team penning is my favourite. I like watching it at the shows and stuff too. It’s pretty exciting,” he said.
The Ahern siblings took part in the recent Gayndah Pony and Horse Club weekend camp.
There, they learned more about team penning, ground work, campdrafting and jumping, to name just a few activities.
Holly said the bond between rider and horse was crucial to safety and taken very seriously by teachers and students.
“You need your horse to trust you so it will do what you need it to do or jump when you need it to,” Holly said.
Each of the lessons taught to the riders reinforced the message of rider safety and trust in their horse.
Pony club member Lisa Bayntun said having a range of disciplines for the children to learn helped keep the weekend fresh and exciting for them.
“We’ve got polocrosse going on, teaching the kids firstly on foot how to use the racket with the ball, then they play a game on foot,” Bayntun said.
“Once they have had a go at that and learned the skills, they have a go on the horses.
“The teachers have come here and volunteered their time for it and you can tell already that the kids are loving it.”
Bayntun said it was good for children in rural communities to learn these basic skills.
❝ You need your horse to trust you so it will do what you need it to do. — Holly Ahern
SKILL BUILDING: Holly Ahern enjoys horse jumping the most. PHOTOS: ADAM MCCLEERY
Leah Reed was on hand to teach horse control.
Trader Ahern getting ready to mount up.
Riders were taught a number of skills at the weekend.
Jessie Evans jumping her horse at Gayndah.
Team penning was an exciting and difficult lesson.
Riley Davina with a water bottle he made at the weekend.
Beau Whitley loving the pony club camp.