Kids have a crackin’ good time with whip
WHIP cracking may not be the most popular sport around, but kids in Eidsvold gave it a go at the weekend.
Around 20 children turned up to the crack a whip session held at the RM Williams Centre in Eidsvold and were taught some tricks by expert Paul Sims.
“It’s not a very big sport in Australia but there is a big following down in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania,” Mr Sims said.
“A lot of the students start just to make noise, others do it just to get out of the house and it’s a great way of getting the kids out and doing things.
“Once the kids have learnt it, they’ll just keep going.”
Mr Sims said the highlight of teaching the kids how to crack a whip was seeing them have a great time.
“For me, I love going out and doing this training session, making noise and showing kids what you can do with the whip,” he said.
“A lot of these guys will do this on the horses mustering and will take it elsewhere.”
The sport requires people to be patient, Mr Sims said.
“It takes timing and patience to do these tricks.
“The idea is to learn things together and then you do it in staggered timing and progress from there.”
CRACKING THE WHIP: Expert Paul Sims shows children how to crack a whip in Eidsvold at the weekend.