Local equestrians enjoy two day clinic

Young Jump Club hosted a two day Showjumping and Dressage Clinic presented by Sanden Equestrian over the weekend.

Local riders and members from further afield travelled to Young and spent two days in the saddle with Sarah and Clinton from Sanden Equestrian both learning new skills and brushing up on others.

The weekend was able to go ahead thanks to a funding grant from Equestrian Australia.

The grant meant that the event was able to be offered to Club members at a discounted price.

Riders from the age of 8 right through to more senior adult riders took part over the two days which consisted of two dressage lessons and two showjumping lessons.

"It was so much fun, we learned so much and got to have a great time in the saddle," one rider said.

"I can't believe how much my riding and my horse's riding has improved already," another rider said on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday the weather was perfect and warm with plenty of sunshine Sarah put the riders through their paces in the indoor dressage arena teaching them all about balance, control and flexing while out in the outdoor arena Clint did some equestrian gymnastics with trot poles, cavallettis and a jump grid to help both horses and riders work out spacing and strides as well as control and speed.

On Sunday the weather was all four season in one day with both rain and sunshine throughout the day. Riders were given the opportunity to do a full showjumping course which all were eager to do while in the dressage arena they were taught the importance of flat work and how it is the basis of all styles of riding.

CLINIC: Pam Bennett watches on as Clint instructs Mikayla Spring, Ashleigh Bennett and Tamsin Hall. Photo: Bec Hewson.

CLINIC: Pam Bennett watches on as Clint instructs Mikayla Spring, Ashleigh Bennett and Tamsin Hall. Photo: Bec Hewson.