It’s showtime!

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It’s showtime!

HORSE riders across South Gippsland are now in the swing of show season.
With the Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show held on Saturday, and the Korumburra and Foster shows to be held in February, equestrian enthusiasts are preparing their horses for lead and showjumping events.
Shows will offer classes for stock horses, pony club competitors and various other classes to cater for a variety of breeds and competitor levels.
Mark Hanley offers some advice about ring craft, via Pony Club Victoria.
He urges riders to show their horse in the best possible way and to ensure your horse is in the right frame of mind.
Before entering the ring, allow enough time for the last minute touch up, wipe your horse over with a soft clean cloth, remove stray hairs and dust, and touch up the hoofs.
“First impressions are very important and the minute you enter the ring, the judge will be looking for the outstanding animals and getting a feel of the class generally with a view to choosing the first line up,” Mark said.
“As you enter the ring make sure your horse is leading well with the degree of activity that suits it best, that you are level with its shoulder and have a good contact with its head. Your lead rein should be held securely and tidily with no trailing ends.”
Once in the ring, Mark recommends allowing plenty of space between you and the horse in front so you are not forced to check your horse behind a slow moving horse and so you don’t get kicked.
“After about two circuits of the ring you should keep an eye on the ring steward next to the judge for further instructions,” he said.
Once the class is in progress some of the phases of the competition may be left out at the judge’s discretion.
To find out more, check out this informative article online at: http://www.ponyclubvic.org/?Page=152

Worthy winner: Cassidy Smith of Yinnar won second in the handler class with Sheridan Archimedes at the 2013 Korumburra Show.

Worthy winner: Cassidy Smith of Yinnar won second in the handler class with Sheridan Archimedes at the 2013 Korumburra Show.

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