Great turnout at quarter horse skills day
THE future of the Silver Spurs Western Performance and Quarter Horse Club looks bright, a huge 27 riders turning up for a coaching session and competition day.
It took the organisers by surprise that so many turned up, having had ambitions to get only a handful of riders turn up to learn the skills.
Usually holding elite competitions, it is the first time the Silver Spurs have tried a day for the less-experienced riders, and it has taken off.
"This is an idea we have had for a while to get the local kids together," president Stephen Strachan said.
"Our club is a higher level standard and it can be terrifying for people to get involved.
"This gives people an introduction to our club, have fun and learn skills and then hopefully progress."
The day started at 4pm on Saturday and ran through until the lights were tuned on to finish off proceedings.
Club coach and secretary Jenny Grother was blown away by the determination, knowledge, ability and numbers of the riders who turned up. She can't wait to give the same concept another go.
"It is really lovely to have community support," she said. "It is a fantastic turnout. The next one will probably be in January."
The day worked on skills as well as sportsmanship for the riders, who the Silver Spurs are now hoping to progress to be the next generation of competitors.