Galston Equestrian Club – Talks, horsemanship, jumping and art classes!

First place winner Kim Green
First place winner Kim Green

Our last Official Dressage Competition for the year was held on 24th September. Four excellent judges had a busy day judging 55 riders in classes from Prep to Elementary, and for the first time GEC included a Medium test, judged by Pam Dalrymple and Vicki Newham, both B grade judges. The riders’ feed-back was excellent, with many competitors appreciating the constructive and positive comments from the judges. Thank you to our generous sponsors, Horseland Dural and Coprice Nutririce for their prizes and continuing support of our club. Thanks also to the hard-working committee and volunteers for another successful day.

Noni Boon is a work and life coach, and motivational speaker, and has coached groups of corporate women with huge success. She shared her empowering ideas and gave an inspiring talk about her latest book, “Holifest”, holistic and manifest combined, on the evening of 26th September at the Galston Club.

On 27th September, GEC held a mid-week rider bio-mechanics clinic with Kristin Dean of Equimotion. Six lucky members got to have individual lessons with Kristin, a human and horse physiotherapist, assessing their posture, mobility, stability and symmetry in the saddle. Kristin also offered a high speed video analysis of riders which provided a highly detailed analysis and breakdown of rider position at each phase of the movement. All participants thoroughly enjoyed the day and went home with exercises and material to work on to consolidate their learning.

The club was delighted to be able to host another show-jumping clinic run by NCAS Level 1 coach and 4* Eventer, Keira Byrnes, on Saturday 7th October. As usual, the places filled very quickly and 23 riders participated in classes ranging from X-rails to over 1m. Keira has a rare knack of being able to provide individual tuition to participants in a small group lesson, and many riders commented on how helpful they found her guidance and how much they were looking forward to her next clinic. Keira taught non-stop for 9 hours, remaining focused and positive throughout – we wish we had your energy, Keira!

An Agility Day with Suzanne Bellette on Sunday 8th October produced 15 participants with an even mix of old timers and newbies to agility. During our lunch break Suzanne Bellette from Natural Equestrian did a demonstration on how to start training your horse to do agility at liberty. This is something we can all aim for! Everyone had a great time and were very proud of what their horses achieved.

Upcoming events :

• 22 October – Combined Training competition
• 24 October – Paul Cairns evening presentation on Legerete training at the Galston Club
• 12 November – Legerete and Horsemanship practice day
• 26 November – Funkhana
• 30 November – Scott Mitchell – “Healthy Hindgut-Healthy Horse” evening presentation at the Galston Club
• 4 December – AGM
• 10 December – Presentation and Christmas Party

As usual, please check our Facebook page and our website for up to date information on all our events. http://www.galstonequestrianclub.org.au/