Champion show jumper visits Calliope
HORSE SPORTS: World Cup Horseman Clem Smith imparted his knowledge to riders at the Calliope Hack and Pony Club at the weekend.
The Calliope clinic, held across two days, offered riders an opportunity to learn from one of Australia's leading show jumping riders.
Smith is a well known and respected horseman with more than 25 years experience with notable performances at home and overseas.
The World Cup show jumper held lessons both days of the weekend, focusing on trot and grid work on Saturday, which paved the way for full jumping rounds the following day.
Riders must clear between 10 to 12 rails during a full jumping round.
Calliope Hack and Pony Club chief instructor Regan Fletcher said Smith's visit was a valuable learning experience.
"Everyone got something different out of it no matter what experience they had,” she said.
"It's great to have an outside perspective from someone of that calibre - he's a world champion show jumper.”
Ms Fletcher, who has more than 20 years of horse riding experience, said Smith worked on all the fundamentals of hack riding, which describes the act of riding a horse for light exercise.
"He focussed on pace of the horse, being even throughout the horse, working the horse off your legs and doing everything you can to make your horse performance at its best,” she said.
"You learn so much about the way you ride.
"Personally I got a lot out of it.”
Calliope Hack and Pony Club president Cathy Cavanough said Smith's appearance was invaluable for the 12 riders who participated in the clinic.
"Everybody who turned up were very enthusiastic and came away having learnt a lot,” Cavanough said.
"He is very knowledgeable and imparts his message across both young and old.
"We can't wait to get him back.”
Smith's next Calliope clinic will be held with Margie Campbell on the weekend of June 18-19.