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Tarwin lures riders

 

 

RIDERS travelled from across South Gippsland to take part in the Tarwin Lower Pony Club’s camp last week.

Held at the Tarwin Lower Recreation Reserve, the two day camp offered expert tuition in showjumping, dressage and cross country riding.

Participants came from as far as Hobart, Phillip Island and Drouin to take advantage of the relatively dry course courtesy of Tarwin’s sandy soil.

Zone chief instructor Jenny O’Sullivan started riding with the club as a five year old, and now teaches horsemanship and citizenship.

Internationally qualified judge Bev Shandley of Middle Tarwin took cross country lessons. Sally Francis of Tooradin oversaw showjumping, drawing on her overseas experience, while Michelle Despax of Langwarrin drew on the Alexander technique for maintaining optimum riding position to teach dressage.

Skilled riders: fresh after riding the cross country course, were from left, Emma Dutchman, Annie Winchester, Coby Elmore, Alex O’Sullivan, Julia Green, instructor Bev Shandley and Logan West.

Skilled riders: fresh after riding the cross country course, were from left, Emma Dutchman, Annie Winchester, Coby Elmore, Alex O’Sullivan, Julia Green, instructor Bev Shandley and Logan West.

Handling wet: Coby Elmore of Corner Inlet Pony Club on board Benson during the cross country lesson. Coby hails from Bennison.

Handling wet: Coby Elmore of Corner Inlet Pony Club on board Benson during the cross country lesson. Coby hails from Bennison.

Holding on: Logan West of Wonthaggi Pony Club show poise during the cross country.

Holding on: Logan West of Wonthaggi Pony Club show poise during the cross country.

Splish, splash: Julia Green of Toora on board Running Warrior tackles the water obstacle in the cross country course. Julia is a member of the Corner Inlet Pony Club.

Splish, splash: Julia Green of Toora on board Running Warrior tackles the water obstacle in the cross country course. Julia is a member of the Corner Inlet Pony Club.

Pound Creek sisters Jess and Cass with Bacardi.

Pound Creek sisters Jess and Cass with Bacardi.

Riding pair: Wonthaggi twins Taylah (left) and Maddie Bourke prepare their respective mounts Pheonix (CORRECt) and Maverick for skills work.

Riding pair: Wonthaggi twins Taylah (left) and Maddie Bourke prepare their respective mounts Pheonix (CORRECt) and Maverick for skills work.

Round she goes: Fleur Timmins of the Meeniyan Pony Club enjoys dressage.

Round she goes: Fleur Timmins of the Meeniyan Pony Club enjoys dressage.

In zone: Brigid Johnson of Meeniyan Pony Club concentrates during dressage.

In zone: Brigid Johnson of Meeniyan Pony Club concentrates during dressage.

Yeeha: Sarah Moncrieff of Mirboo North Pony Club on board Spook.

Yeeha: Sarah Moncrieff of Mirboo North Pony Club on board Spook.

Over he goes: Corban Davis of Meeniyan Pony Club tests out the jumps with Toy Boy.

Over he goes: Corban Davis of Meeniyan Pony Club tests out the jumps with Toy Boy.

Learning lots: Boyd West of Wonthaggi Pony Club shows his style on Sammy.

Learning lots: Boyd West of Wonthaggi Pony Club shows his style on Sammy.

Interstate representative: Maddie Hayes of Hobart, Tasmania, is a member of the Tarwin Lower Pony Club while visiting grandparents Tony and Elizabeth Landy of Walkerville. She learnt showjumping on board Sally.

Interstate representative: Maddie Hayes of Hobart, Tasmania, is a member of the Tarwin Lower Pony Club while visiting grandparents Tony and Elizabeth Landy of Walkerville. She learnt showjumping on board Sally.

Island influence: Imogen Price of Phillip Island Pony Club rides Willow Croft Melody.

Island influence: Imogen Price of Phillip Island Pony Club rides Willow Croft Melody.

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