Judges Clinic

On Sunday the 18th of May SDC hosted a highly successful judges clinic  with Carolyn Lieutenant. Super presenter, lots of interested people and fabulous riding volunteers, all added up to a great day.

Cathie Swan

Cathie Swan

Robyn Targa and Jane Bruce

Robyn Targa and Jane Bruce

Carolyn Lieutenant

Carolyn Lieutenant

Graeme Swan

Graeme Swan

Ros Quist

Ros Quist

Tibby Barbour

Tibby Barbour

Jess Steward

Jess Steward

Sandra Steward

Sandra Steward

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2013 Masterclass and Presentation Day

On Saturday the 7th of December Shoalhaven Dressage Club held their annual presentation of awards to the best performed club members for the year. In the past we have held a night time dinner, but increasingly instead of this being an opportunity for club members to get together and socialise, only a dedicated few and the actual award winners showed up. This year we decided to try something new and held a Masterclass with Roger Fitzhardinge, followed by a spit roast lunch and then a presentation of awards. Participants in the masterclass were all winners in our annual pointscore, from juniors to Small Tour. They got to strut their stuff in front of an appreciative audience, and we all learnt heaps from Roger’s informative and entertaining presentation. Many thanks must go to Maxine Fripp for allowing us to use her beautiful property and indoor arena. For once it didn’t pour rain as it often seems to do when we gather at Maxine’s.

The day started with 2 junior riders, Jessica Steward and Rachel Heron. Rachel on a tiny cute pony and Jess on a huge Clydesdale cross. Both horse worked beautifully for their riders as Roger explained that whilst not all horses are potential Olympians, they can all be improved with correct training. Roger focussed on getting the girls to concentrate on their leg aids, no constant nagging with their legs but taking their leg off and only using it when they wanted a forward response, and then the response had to be quick. It was lovely to see 2 beautiful calm horses being so well ridden by 2 young riders.

Next on were the ponies Carolyn Heron riding Puff N Stuff and Angus Fripp and Toby, standing in for Jayne Unterweger who unfortunately was called in to work and could not attend. Angus amazed everyone with the transformation he has made with Toby, once he was a fat hairy pony who was never anywhere near engaged. Now Angus has him looking sleek, fit and perfectly on the bit at all times. Toby is a real credit to Angus’s development as a rider. Carolyn’s pony can be a little spooky, so Roger had her riding him really forward and up to counteract this. Puff N Stuff likes to look down at anything scary so Roger had Carolyn keeping him up to counteract this. He is certainly a very impressive mover.

Next on were Sue Rayner on Vincent Van Gogh and Jim Collin on Dadirri Songline. Sue’s Vinnie is a huge 18hh and a big moving horse. However Roger though he could do more and had Sue really motoring around the arena. Wow this horse can move! Roger loved Jim’s horse Songline who won the club Horse of the Year, but thought he could improve in his contact with the bit. Songline tends to play with the bit, so Roger had Jim keep his hands quite still and once again go forward to try and improve this. Forward riding helps so many things.

Our Elementary riders were Tibby Barbour and Alycia Targa. Alycia was riding the State Novice Champion CP Dresden and they beautifully demonstrated how correct training can really improve a horse. Dresden was in beautiful self carriage and moved with great energy and engagement. Roger even had them showing a few steps of baby piaffe. This combination will surely go far. Tibby’s mare Dancing Angleina Ballerina, was another talented moving horse but a little trickier in the contact. Angelina tends to raise her head when spooking so Roger had Tibby riding her very deep and only bringing her up when confident in the contact.

Angus was back again for the Medium/Advanced session with Kim McDonald and Warburton Regatta. Angus was to ride the club’s Advanced champion Reveller but a last minute change saw him riding his grandmother’s mare Honey, and he rode her very well. Maxine may have to watch out or she may find herself riding Toby whilst Angus waltzes off on Honey. Roger focussed Angus on riding as accurately as possible which meant Angus had to be more positive in his riding. The end picture was very impressive. Kim worked initially on getting Regatta really  equal in both reins then finished off by showing some world class medium trots. Full of power and engagement, Regatta’s lengthened trots amazed everyone.

Last session of the day saw Roz Quist on Valhalla Flemmingh and Jim Collin on Southerly. Roz’s horse was showing signs of wanting to play up if pressured too much so Roger was quick to encourage Roz to take off the pressure by rising to the trot or asking for an easier exercise so they could keep the forward impulsion. Flemmingh soon relaxed and showed some lovely advanced work. Southerly is only new to Prix St George but shows lots of talent for the higher levels and showed some lovely transitions into and out of passage. Roger was again looking for quick reactions to the aids and forward, ever forward.

It was a great day, many thanks to Roger Fitzhardinge for an informative and entertaining presentation and thanks to all the riders who presented themselves so beautifully and bravely let us join them in what Roger called a “truthful” training session.

 

 

Peter Shaw Clinic 12/13 April

Rider, Judge, Educator, Peter Shaw

On April12th and 13th the Shoalhaven Dressage Club will be holding a clinic with A Level Judge Peter Shaw. Many of you may have had a lesson with Peter on the day before our January competition and experienced first hand his wonderfully positive and insightful teaching style. Peter is in demand around the country to give clinics and we have been lucky to book him for these 2 days.

Peter has ridden and won at FEI level dressage, has won Champion gentleman rider in the show ring, and he has won eventing and showjumping competitions. He has coached riders to win state championships in dressage, and many high performance eventers have benefitted from his instruction. Peter has been an A level judge since 1988 and regularly judges at State and National competitions.
Lessons are open to all club members.
Lessons are $120, the club will be subsidising the ground fee and providing a BBQ lunch for all lesson attendees.
Using spare arenas for private training plus lunch will be $25.
Spectators plus lunch will be $15.
We are hoping to set up a sound system so everyone can follow the lessons closely.
ALSO
On Friday night, the 12th of April, in the club house at 7pm, Illawarra Equine Centre will be presenting the latest information on the Hendra vaccine.
They will explain the dangers of Hendra, the risks in our area and the importance of vaccination.
We shall also be updated on the performance of the vaccine since its release.
All Hendra questions will be answered.
Attendance is free but space is limited so we would appreciate it if you could confirm your attendance ASAP. Coffee, Tea and biscuits will be provided.
To book a place in the Peter Shaw Clinic or the Hendra Information night please email Cathy Chittenden on chittenden@shoalhaven.net.au