Winter camp boosts skills
Central Otago Pony Club’s annual instruction camp is paying off for riders, with success at major regional and national events earlier this year. For the fifth year running, pony clubbers took advantage of an end-of-winter visit by five national instructors at Cromwell last weekend. Funded by a Pub Charity grant, 51 riders from Hawea-Wanaka, Clyde, Wakatipu and Cromwell pony clubs got a weekend chockfull of theory and hands-on learning about horse management, dressage, showjumping and cross-country. Club member and camp organiser Fe Howie said: “It’s a great kick start for the kids because it helps them consolidate and extend on what they already know.’’ The camp, along with regular visits by national coaches, had helped lift the standard of riding and contributed to competitive successes by Central Otago riders, Ms Howie said. Earlier this year Cate Howie, Callum Geddes, of Clyde, and Lisa Milliken, of Wakatipu, were members of the senior, junior and training teams, which had a clean sweep at the national eventing championships in Oamaru.
Serious horsing around: Central Otago Pony Club annual instruction campgoers, from left: Millie Harrex with Madame Satene, of Clyde, Georgie Dickson and Bell Harry, of Hawea-Wanaka, national instructor Jennifer Howard, associate national instructor Jane Withers, national instructors Kevin Lawrence and Jacque Williams, Brooke Elstob with Flight of Fancy, of Hawea-Wanaka, and national instructor Peter Barke.