Largest ever youth clinic held at Jindabyne Equestrian Resort in NSW January 2015
January 24, 2015
On the 22-23 January 2015, NSW Reining Horse Association (NSWRHA) hosted a very successful youth clinic at Jindabyne Equestrian Resort (JER). 35 youth and 2 disabled riders attended this 2 day clinic, making it the largest youth event reining has held in Australia. Trainers Warren Backhouse, Rob Lawson and Matthew Charles each gave their time, once again for the 2 days, and made learning horsemanship and reining skills the fun we all know they are!
NSWRHA received funding from the NSW Department of Sports and Recreation to fund and promote our sport of Reining in the way of a clinic for youth and disable riders. “Government funding has been a big help this year” said Shane Sainsbury. “Annie Woodhouse applied for grants on Behalf of NSWRHA and I urge other affiliates to look into doing this” added Shane.
With 37 participants, horses, from mountain brumbies to ponies riders, were broken into three groups and each group had some time each day to spend with each of the trainers. Warren, Rob and Matt each worked with their own special style and riders were able to pick up lots of information over the 2 days. It was great to see a really diverse group of youth riders and horses, with young people coming from the local area and far away. Horses and riders came from a very wide range of riding and reining experience; there were young ones on small ponies and lead lines through to experienced dressage and eventing riders. Most riders brought their own mounts but the NSW reining community really went to great lengths to give riders a taste of reining and some riders were able to ride experienced reining horses and get a feel for this great sport.
The “Reining in the Alps” show followed the clinic and began with a special (non-sanctioned) class especially for clinic participants. A very high number of the youth participated in this class also stayed on and had a go at other events in the show.
The 2 adult disabled riders, both having had brain injuries, also got a lot from the clinic. Both riders competed in the show and it was wonderful to see one of the riders in particular, getting back to competing again.
Over the days of the clinic and the show, there were plenty of opportunities to hear positive feedback from clinic participants. The young riders were keen to come back next year, find out more about reining and put the horsemanship skills they had learned into practice with their other horses. They seemed to get really involved with the spirit of reining and were asking questions, supporting each other and the other competitors and willing to give things a go. Some of these young riders and parents have also vowed to make the trip to horse world for the upcoming NSWRHA Feb show.
The 2015 NSWRHA clinic for youth and riders with disabilities was a great success. Many thanks go to the participants, the trainers, the organisers and all those who put in the huge effort to make this happen. This event was a great promotion for reining and a great community event.
This takes the tally of youth participating in RA / NSWRHA clinics in the past 6 months to a total of 59 participants. NSWRHA would like to thank our trainers that have participated to help this happen, Rob Lawson, Warren Backhouse, Graham Cooper Matt, Charles and Jess Prior.