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Dr Kohnke gave a highly en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive talk on 21st April on com­mon horse al­i­ments in­clud­ing gas­tric ul­cers, string halt, greasy heal and worm­ing regimes. The 50 at­ten­dees ben­e­fited from Dr Kohnke's wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence gained from over 40 years as an equine vet. He has pre­sented at over 2,500 sem­i­nars and writ­ten nu­mer­ous re­search pa­pers. He took ques­tions from the floor and gave out many "how to” tips like the correct way to ban­dage a leg and why, treat­ing with ice and when, and why you should mon­i­tor feeds high in io­dine. The pre­sen­ta­tion only ended be­cause it was get­ting late, not be­cause Dr Kohnke had run out of top­ics to talk on! Thank you very much, Dr Kohnke, for shar­ing your knowl­edge, and Joy Chew for or­gan­is­ing it.

The Open Dres­sage Com­pe­ti­tion on 24th April was our big­gest to date with 131 en­tries keep­ing our five judges very busy. Thanks to Jan Geary, Julie Jones, Sue Birch, Jean Still and Camilla Mow­bray for their ex­pert judg­ing. It was a busy and very well run day – thank you to Liz Jones (Pres­i­dent and Dres­sage Phase Head) and the com­mit­tee.

What fun we had at our Equi­tation Fun Day on Satur­day 7th May! Rid­ers from all dis­ci­plines played with the club’s new ar­ray of toys, de­vel­op­ing trust with their horses on the ground and en­cour­ag­ing con­fi­dence with dif­fer­ent ob­sta­cles. Af­ter play time, there was a lit­tle tour­na­ment with a time limit to com­plete 5 ex­er­cises with the equip­ment. Some horses were seen kick­ing a ball around - I don’t know who en­joyed them­selves more – the horses or rid­ers! Af­ter lunch, the ex­er­cises con­tin­ued, but this time with the horses be­ing rid­den. Thanks to Barbara An­der­son and Sue Southey for or­gan­is­ing such an en­ter­tain­ing day!

Re­becca Ash­ton (qual­i­fied Pilates In­struc­tor and Level 1 Dres­sage In­struc­tor) was fully booked for les­sons in the af­ter­noon, and then on Wed­nes­day evening 11th May, gave a highly in­for­ma­tive class at the Du­ral Squash Courts on how to move parts of your body in­de­pen­dently to main­tain a bal­anced seat.

Things to look for­ward to: Sun­day 12th June will be an ex­cit­ing Train­ing Day at our beautiful grounds at the Ru­ral Sports Fa­cil­ity. Thank you, Hornsby Coun­cil, for keep­ing them in pris­tine con­di­tion. They are the envy of other clubs! No won­der we are get­ting more rid­ers com­ing to use our grounds dur­ing the week and on Satur­days!

On Thurs­day 16th June, Dr Shan­non Lee, equine vet­eri­nary den­tist, who has worked and taught around the world, will be giv­ing a talk at the Gal­ston Club Au­di­to­rium at 7.00pm, con­cen­trat­ing on bits and bit­ing, head car­riage is­sues and vices, among other things. This is free to mem­bers and non-mem­bers, and meals and drinks can be pur­chased and taken into the au­di­to­rium. The flyer is on our web­site for more in­for­ma­tion.

En­tries are now open on Nom­i­nate for our Mem­bers Only Dres­sage Com­pe­ti­tion on 26th June.

Re­mem­ber to check our web­site for up to date in­for­ma­tion. http://www.gal­stoneques­tri­an­club.org.au/

Open Dres­sage Com­pe­ti­tion on 24th April

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