Future reining stars learn skills from the best
TECHNICAL, intricate and subtly difficult, the sport of reining is easy to view as too hard and be tossed aside into the 'don't try' category.
The opposite was the case though for 17 young go-getters who gave the sport a workout, learning that every sport has techniques which need to be discovered over time.
Attending the Calliope Sliders Reining Horse Club Youth Clinic last weekend, the 17 kids were given lessons by top notch coaches in Ed Smith and Scott Finlayson, honing skills Smith admitted were impressive for newcomers.
"There were a lot of new kids who had not been in the sport before," Smith, the club president, said.
"They learnt a lot of ground work and horsemanship skills, and they did really well."
Aimed at introducing the sport to a wider audience, and perhaps locking in a few future stars, the clinic completed the job at hand.
A few of the attendees have shown interest in continuing. One is already locked in for a series of training days.
"The next step for them is to come to our next reining show at Calliope in March," Smith said.
"They proceed on from that. One of the kids is coming for training for four days."
An injection of youth into the club is always welcomed, not just at youth clinics.
Smith said the club would not function without volunteers helping out.
"We had plenty of volunteers to help us for this event, which was great," Smith said.
"We also had SandF Custom Floats donate a float for us for a raffle."