A WATCHFUL EYE: Instructor Evan Parker watches on as Sammy Warren goes through her paces on horseback on Saturday.
A WATCHFUL EYE: Instructor Evan Parker watches on as Sammy Warren goes through her paces on horseback on Saturday.

Riders get put through their paces

HORSE riders from across the region spent their Easter weekend on horseback in a two-day clinic held at the Cannon Valley Pony Club Grounds.

Riders from Cannon Valley Pony Club and Whitsunday Equestrian Group were under the watchful eye of Australian Equestrian Federation instructor Evan Parker from Ayr.

Parker said the clinic was one of eight sessions held throughout the competitive riding season.

Across Saturday and Sunday Parker worked on many different components of riding, helping the youngest of pony club riders with their technique to the most experienced with the more complex skills.

Small groups of riders spent an hour and a half with Parker each day.

Parker said that was a great way to help improve the rider’s skills as they were getting greater attention as individuals.

"We do a lot, from your basic riding skills to skills with jumps," he said.

"It’s about pushing the limits of the horses and riders in a controlled environment."

Sammy Warren was one of the riders who went through some riding skills including making her way through a jumping course.

She said she enjoyed the clinic immensely.

"It made my day," she said.

"It’s just fantastic."

Parker said he hoped all riders would take what they learnt in the clinic and apply it to competitive situations.


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