Riders put skills into practice



FUN and learning was the name of the game as 20 kids from across Central Queensland converged on the El Shaddai Ranch for a four-day horse and pony camp recently.

The camps, run by Bruce and Irma McGrath at the ranch, are designed to teach children between the ages of 10 to 14 the art of horsemanship.

The kids who attend the camp receive a well-rounded grounding of what it takes to not only ride, but look after and understand horses.

Camp spokesperson Owen Gordon said the camp was all about getting the opportunity to learn about horsemanship and put that into competition practice.

We invite the children to the camp to learn all the basics regarding horsemanship,'Gordon said.

'They enjoy the chance to learn about horses and we host a gymkhana at the end of the camp, where they get the chance to put what they have learned into practice.'

Gordon said the level of competition at the gymkhana, which included barrel racing and flags, was impressive and would stand the riders in good stead for the future.

'The gymkhana is always enjoyed by everyone, the children love it at the end when they are awarded ribbons for their efforts,' he said.

Another camp will be held in the first week of the summer school holiday. Phone Bruce or Irma on 4978 1207.



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