A huge thank you to Matt Charles from Sliding Lodge Performance Horses and some of his Team Karen & Charlotte Callinan and Susan and Sophie Laws, who all gave up their Sunday to Show the Wyong Pony Club members what Reining is all about.
Over 35 Pony Club members lined up on their ponies and watched Matt, Karen, Sophie and Charlotte going through manoeuvres under instruction from our Club President, John Wylie. Our Reiners were real ambassadors for the sport, taking their time and explaining every step to the watching crowd of pony club riders and their parents and friends.
The kids were later broken up into groups and each group worked on something different from rein control right through to roll backs and turn arounds. It was quite a learning experience for everyone involved. We ended the day with some much softer, happier ponies and some pretty excited kids feeling very proud of themselves that they had achieved some great results.
There were also some pretty big smiles on the faces of the kids who were lucky enough to get to have a ride on Sophies horse, Mr Whizzle. He represented Reining Horses with real style.
It was great to see the interest in Reining from these kids, most of whom had never been exposed to our discipline before. I am sure that we will have a few extra seats filled in the stands at State Show next month as a result of the days efforts. Thanks Team NSW! You did well!