Gal­ston Eques­trian Club - one of the safest eques­trian clubs in NSW

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We had an­other glo­ri­ous day on 15th May, util­is­ing the Ru­ral Sports Fa­cil­ity pro­vided by Hornsby Shire Coun­cil with equip­ment be­long­ing to Gal­ston Eques­trian Club. The fo­cus of our mon­thy mid-week horse­man­ship prac­tice day was to con­tinue to help horses when they are re­act­ing to some­thing in the en­vi­ron­ment (such as a ball mov­ing, an um­brella or a tarp flap­ping). We prac­tised util­is­ing rhythm, re­lax­ation and re­treat to sup­port the horses’ in­stinc­tual way of man­ag­ing sit­u­a­tions of un­cer­tainty.

Our Of­fi­cial Dres­sage Comp on 27th May was smaller than usual due to other Clubs run­ning dres­sage comps on the same week­end, but our 50-odd par­tic­i­pants had lots of en­thu­si­asm. We had a very suc­cess­ful com­pe­ti­tion thanks to our hard work­ing Com­mit­tee, our won­der­ful vol­un­teers, and our spon­sors. Along with our reg­u­lar spon­sors, Horse­land Du­ral and CopRice Feeds, we were lucky to have Mary Wer­ick, op­er­a­tor of "A Bet­ter Way to Move", who do­nated vouch­ers for Feldenkrais lessons to the 2nd place get­ters in the lower level classes. We had won­der­ful, very ex­pe­ri­enced judges who gave great feed­back to the com­peti­tors.

We had Hornsby Coun­cil­lor Matt Kean visit our grounds on 25th May to meet rep­re­sen­ta­tives of GEC and Ar­ca­dia Pony club. Matt rec­om­mended the grant for the de­fib­ril­la­tor ma­chine that com­mit­tee mem­ber Linda McGregor or­gan­ised, to be shared be­tween our clubs. Linda also or­gan­ised first aid train­ing, in­clud­ing CPR, for mem­bers, so we now have 23 first aiders at GEC! Hav­ing the de­fib. ma­chine takes the chances of ap­ply­ing CPR and keep­ing a per­son alive un­til the am­bu­lance ar­rives, from 4% to 75%!!! This makes GEC/ APC a cou­ple of the safest eques­trian clubs in NSW!

Over the damp long week­end

GEC con­ducted its first ever Work­ing Equi­tation Mini-com­pe­ti­tion, con­sist­ing of a dres­sage phase and an Ease of Han­dling Phase. This phase in­volves rid­ing your horse around an ob­sta­cle course, in­clud­ing spear­ing a ring off the side of a bull (a pre­tend bull, that is!). GEC in­vited mem­bers of Syd­ney Work­ing Equi­tation (SWEQ) Club to com­pete along­side our mem­bers in a friendly and fun com­pe­ti­tion. Many thanks to judges and train­ers Kim Peter­son and Cody Wil­son, who stood in the driz­zle all day on Satur­day in­struct­ing, and then who judged on Sun­day. The event was a big suc­cess and SWEQ will run a re­cip­ro­cal event later this year. Work­ing Equi­tation is an en­joy­able and thrilling eques­trian sport and is a great way to train your horse, and GEC is thrilled to of­fer this op­por­tu­nity to their mem­bers.

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