Eques­trian Expo comes to Farm World

Farm World News - - Farm World 2016 -

The con­struc­tion of a new Baw Baw Eques­trian Cen­tre on the west­ern bound­ary of Lard­ner Park means that the ‘Farm World Eques­trian Expo’ will be an ex­hil­a­rat­ing new ad­di­tion to Farm World 2016, to be staged from Thurs­day April 7 to Sun­day April 10.

The Farm World Field Days have grown to be one of Aus­tralia’s largest re­gional agri­cul­tural events, at­tract­ing over 50,000 visi­tors to in­spect some 700 ex­hibits.

The Farm World Eques­trian Expo will add a whole new di­men­sion to the field days and its in­clu­sion re­flects the size and im­por­tance of the horse in­dus­try to both Gipp­s­land and the re­gions sur­round­ing Mel­bourne.

A ticket to Farm World in­cludes en­try to the Farm World Eques­trian Expo. The Eques­trian Expo is gen­er­ously sup­ported by spon­sors Pak­en­ham Isuzu UTE and Gipp­s­land Isuzu UTE.

Visi­tors to the Expo will be able to in­spect a se­lec­tion of ded­i­cated eques­trian-re­lated ex­hibitors, at­tend a va­ri­ety of mas­ter classes with ad­vice from the best in the in­dus­try, and watch or par­tic­i­pate in dres­sage or show jump­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

Eques­trian mas­ter classes to suit all lev­els of en­thu­si­ast.

A huge range of classes and pre­sen­ta­tions has been sched­uled in­clud­ing ad­vice from ex­pert Katie Ram­say who will show­case the thor­ough­bred as a ver­sa­tile per­for­mance and plea­sure mount, and will demon­strate dif­fer­ent train­ing meth­ods.

Rider fit­ness and nu­tri­tion is just as im­por­tant as that of the horse and Zoe Hyde is a per­sonal trainer who spe­cialises in help­ing riders with their fit­ness.

She will dis­cuss rider nu­tri­tion and demon­strate ex­er­cises that are ben­e­fi­cial to riders.

Ad­vice on ways to de­ter­mine if your sad­dle suits your in­di­vid­ual horse will come from Robert McCann who stud­ied in Eng­land with the so­ci­ety of mas­ter sad­dlers, and is cur­rently the chief in­struc­tor for the ASFA sad­dle fit­ting cour­ses.

Rene Spier­ings will show how long rein­ing is valu­able tool when break­ing in a horse, train­ing per­for­mance horses and for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion or fit­ness work. His pre­sen­ta­tion will cover how to cor­rectly and safely ed­u­cate your horse in long reins.

Four feet on the floor is bet­ter than four feet in the air! Dan Maloney will show how to get con­trol of your horse’s feet to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween you and your horse.

The ‘Four To The Floor’ demon­stra­tion fo­cuses on safety first fol­lowed by fun and then suc­cess!

The Mounted Games Demon­stra­tion fea­tures a se­ries of very fast races per­formed on horse­back; riders re­quire a high de­gree of ath­letic abil­ity, good rid­ing skills, hand- to- eye co­or­di­na­tion, general de­ter­mi­na­tion to see things through to the end and a com­pet­i­tive team spirit.

A pre­sen­ta­tion on how to grow sus­tain­able pas­tures for horses by Si­mon Hunt from Stephen Pas­ture Seeds will in­clude pas­ture es­tab­lish­ment and on­go­ing main­te­nance.

Adam Woot­ten has been showjump­ing for over 20 years in­ter­na­tion­ally.

His pre­sen­ta­tion on train­ing showjumpers will cover a va­ri­ety of ex­er­cises on horses at dif­fer­ent lev­els, shar­ing tech­niques to de­velop a suc­cess­ful show jump­ing horse.

Visi­tors to the Expo can come along and learn the ba­sics be­hind Jess Old­ham’s Body Con­trol tech­nique.

She will show how to ap­ply the method from ground­work to rid­ing, gain­ing horse and rider con­fi­dence and in­creas­ing your bond with your horse. The ses­sion will also dis­cuss the rider and how to im­prove po­si­tion with sim­ple ex­er­cises.

Ni­cole Magof­fin is a Grand Prix dres­sage rider based in Queens­land, and has trained in the USA un­der St­ef­fen Peters.

This ‘ Train­ing Scale Sim­pli­fied’ pre­sen­ta­tion will cover how to cor­rectly fol­low the Ger­man Train­ing Scale, cor­rectly iden­tify where your horse’s strengths and weak­nesses are in re­gards to the train­ing scale, and how to put this knowl­edge into ev­ery­day prac­tice.

Den­tistry and Lamini­tis Man­age­ment is the sub­ject of this pre­sen­ta­tion by Amanda Waller, an equine vet­eri­nar­ian and BVSc (Hons) horse den­tist, with many years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the equine in­dus­try treat­ing horses from all dis­ci­plines, from year­lings to re­tirees. She will dis­cuss the im­por­tance of pre­ven­ta­tive den­tistry, and the preven­tion and man­age­ment of lamini­tis.

Ang Lea, a qual­i­fied and pro­fes­sional equine body and Bowen ther­a­pist, will present a talk called ‘ Horse Fix’ which she calls a DIY horse owner’s body ther­apy and holis­tic tool­box. It is de­signed to em­power own­ers to as­sess and care for their horses’ on a whole new level.

HRCAV and EA Dres­sage Jack­pots

Mem­bers of Horse Rid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria and/ or Eques­trian Aus­tralia will be com­pet­ing in dres­sage events in a range of com­pe­tency lev­els.

The HRCAV Jack­pot will be staged on Thurs­day of the Expo and the EA Dres­sage Jack­pot will be on Fri­day. Whether you com­pete or just come along to en­joy the show, it is an event not to be missed.

Show jump­ing as well!

Satur­day April 9 and Sun­day April 10 will fea­ture an ex­ten­sive show jump­ing sched­ule for a range of classes, cul­mi­nat­ing in the award­ing of the in­au­gu­ral ‘Farm World Cup’.

The two key show jump­ing com­pe­ti­tions, the ‘Farm World Cup’ and the ‘Mini Prix’ are re­spec­tively spon­sored by ‘Pak­en­ham Pro­duce and Sad­dlery’ and ‘Yar­ragon Ru­ral Sup­plies’.

For all the in­for­ma­tion and the sched­ule of event go to http:// www. lard­ner­park. com. au/ FWe ques­tri­an­expo.html

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