Gal­ston Eques­trian Club - Talks, horse­man­ship, jump­ing and art classes!

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Horse & Pony Club News -

On 25 July 2017, the Gal­ston Eques­trian Club (GEC) hosted an in­for­ma­tion evening about equine nutri­tion at the Gal­ston Club. It was sur­pris­ing how sim­ply we can feed our horses, how easy it is to over-feed them and how ef­fi­cient our feed­ing can be­come when we tap into the sci­en­tific re­sources of our lo­cal ex­perts. On the night, we were daz­zled with the science of soil test­ing, grass test­ing, poo test­ing and even hair test­ing out­lined by our re­cently grad­u­ated So­phie Fletcher BAnVetBioSci (Hons I), MAnSci.

On a sunny 13th Au­gust, we held an­other pop­u­lar Horse­man­ship Day with 20 par­tic­i­pants, run by Barbara An­der­son. Ev­ery­one made great progress get­ting their horses con­fi­dent with the ob­sta­cles, first on the ground and then rid­ing. An im­promptu game of horse soc­cer was played with mem­bers help­ing each other's horses get used to the large ball rolling to­wards them. This was fol­lowed by a so­cial pic­nic lunch. Through­out the year GEC holds these ca­sual fun days where the only aim is to have fun and en­joy a day out with your horse. Thanks to those who helped with the set­ting up and tak­ing down of the prac­tice equip­ment.

Five of our mem­bers at­tended a very pleas­ant af­ter­noon with artist Chris­tine Gre­sham of Glenorie on Satur­day 26th Au­gust. Apart from en­joy­ing af­ter­noon tea and much chat­ting, we all man­aged to paint a pic­ture of our horse’s head. Chris­tine walked us through the pro­ce­dure with never end­ing pa­tience and ad­vice. Ev­ery­one hap­pily man­aged to paint a pretty good like­ness of their horse. We will be of­fer­ing this again, so if you’re keen to dis­cover your hid­den tal­ents, why not give it a try? It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to be ad­vised by a very tal­ented artist, and have a great time.

An­other beau­ti­ful day in the sun for the horses and riders that par­tic­i­pated in the Clear Round show jump­ing at our grounds in Ar­ca­dia, on Sun­day 27th Au­gust. The rounds started as low as tiny cross rails, and we fin­ished the day with more brave horses and riders jump­ing 1.05m. A good num­ber of riders turned up with most of them rid­ing two or three rounds of show jump­ing. These days are al­ways an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to get a bit braver and go a lit­tle higher. Thank you to all the won­der­ful vol­un­teers that make these days pos­si­ble.

A pic­ture per­fect rid­ing day set the scene for GEC’s last Work­ing Equi­tation clinic with Kim Peter­son of the year. Clinic par­tic­i­pants learnt about rid­ing the ob­sta­cles and how to train for them. Kim shared many tips and in­for­ma­tive anec­dotes with her sig­na­ture down to earth style. Riders prac­ticed how to walk and pre­pare them­selves for the course, and, more about the rules and the rider’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for their course ride. GEC will be run­ning some more WEQ days in 2018 with an ex­panded for­mat.

Up­com­ing events :

22 Oc­to­ber – Com­bined Train­ing com­pe­ti­tion

24 Oc­to­ber – Paul Cairns evening pre­sen­ta­tion on Legerete train­ing at the Gal­ston Club

12 Novem­ber – Legerete and Horse­man­ship prac­tice day

26 Novem­ber - Funkhana

30 Novem­ber - Scott Mitchell = Healthy Hindgut-Healthy Horse pre­sen­ta­tion at the Gal­ston Club

As usual, please check our Face­book page and our web­site for up to date in­for­ma­tion on all our events. http://www.gal­stoneques­tri­an­club.org.au/

Leanne Gar­wood and Reg at the Clear Round Showjump­ing

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