Win­ter camp boosts skills

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL SPORT -

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.

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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.

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