Mpumalanga Times July 2008

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					                                  Mpumalanga Times July 2008

                                                            SHOWS ON THE GO

What a very busy month! All provinces have been contacted for our invitational show which will be held at the Forever
Resorts Equestrian Center from the 25th - 27th July. Alot            of work has been put into this show and we are
 confident that this is going to be well worth all                         the efforts with allot of out of province
support, some out of province entries are from                                 Swaziland and Gauteng. The showing
   arena has been topped with organically                                       manufactured compost and is being
watered daily to ensure a perfect surface for                                                the riders.

Stunoverian Equestrian Center will be holding                                                          a Dressage, Equitation and
   Showjumping show on the weekend of the 22nd of                                                 August. This is going to be great! For
further information please contact Gustav on 0823095688                                 or visit our website for the show schedule.

     The third leg of the Schools League will be held in Morgonzon on the weekend of the 1st of August for further
                                               information please contact

                                                         Majorie on 0825537426.


                                                           SHOWS GONE BY

                                                       Wildlife Equestrian Center

Whoever never went to this show really missed out! What a wonderful show. Great fun was had by all and a big thank
you to Traci Thomson who put on a really enjoyable weekend for all. Although there were very few entries, the riders
                 rode to the highest of standards with a fun Cable Stitch class to end the weekend.


                                                  UP AND COMING CLINICS.

Kraai Kamffer will be having a clinic on the 7th- 11th of July 2008 at the Nottinghill Equestrian
                                      Center in White River.

       The riders will receive instruction on Showing, Dressage, Showjumping and Eventing.

                       this clinic is bound to be great fun and good learning experience.

                            for more information contact Kraai as soon as possible on:



                             Middleburg takes the first step towards show jumping competitive recognition.

    Through the motivation and efforts of Local Instructor, Gustav Lubcker, the core of the Middleburg show jumping
    community just recently enjoyed a weekend of intensive riding and training, at the Stunoverian Equestrian center.

  This training clinic and course design seminar                                          was conducted by Russell Potgieter, an
   International Show jumper and FEI course                                            designer and author of many course design and
                 training articles.
 His Modern training methods and up to date                                                     knowledge of modern day show jumping
competition, created a new perspective on the                                                         old traditional ways of riding.
  Some of the topics of discussion and training                                                included: the sight patterns of the horse,
 development of mental fitness and concentration                                                 for the horse and rider, assessment of
distances, communicating the correct instruction or                                                      message to the horse.

During the period of clinic, his pupils developed and                   worked on new techniques to assist them and their
horses in becoming better, more accurate and quicker                riders, thus allowing them to develop a competitive
                                            advantage in the show jumping arena.

                                                           RUSSEL POTGIETGER CLINIC
                                                               AT STUNOVERIAN

                           Russel shall be holding a showjumping clinic from the 19th - 20th of July 2008.

                                            The cost involved is R450.00 per rider. This entails:

1st Day - the correct application and use of aids. Correct training and riding technics, skill developement, mental fitness
                                                      and striding.
 2nd Day - all of the above when jumping a course, how to read the course and the course designers intent, how to walk
                               distances correctly. And how to ride different competitions.

                                                             COURSE DESIGN SEMINAR

    This will deal with all of the above from a training perspective aswell as provide any new comer or learner course
    designer the facility to gain valuable knowledge of the art of course design. For any further details please contact
                                             Hannetjie Le Roux on 0828297689.

                                                Places are limited so get your booking in ASAP.

                      Closing date: 12th July and payment has to be received no later than 12th of July 2008.


                                                             VERY IMPORTANT NEWS

 For all competitors it is so important to make sure that your horse has a valid and up to date passport and that you carry it with you
each and every time that you and your horse travel. The passports only cost R60 and you can buy them from the mpumalanga horse
society secretary (Jesse). In order to make the passport valid you need to have it filled in by a vet, it also needs to show all the horse
                                 sickness and equine flu injections and it needs to be stamped by Jesse.

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                                                                     INFO SHEETS

Please would everyone return the information sheets that were attached to the last news letter because the office would like to make
   sure that all the point and gradings for each horse and rider are correct and to make sure that all the info we have is up to date.


Forever Resorts Badplaas will be hosting the annual "Hoof-Up" on the 1st & 2nd of November 2008. This is going to be
                      spectacular for all horse lovers and the weekend is dedicated to the horse.

  There will be great entertainment over the weekend with all different breeds of horses doing demonstrations, musical
     Kurs, western classes, paraglider display, police dog unit display. A mechanical bull competition, vang a vark
                                              competition. Pieter Koen will

                      be our entertainer on the Saturday evening with various other bands to entertain us.

  Should you want the program for the "Hoof-up" we will be placing it on the Mpumalanga website at the end of July.

                                                       This is not to be missed!!!!!


                                                         MEMBERSHIP FEES

        All fees are due the 31st July 2008. Member statements will be available at the
                Invitational show so please collect your statements from information.


                                                       MPUMALANGA SHIRTS

 The office is in the process of designing an official Mpumalanga T Shirt in which to compete. We have spoken to GHS
 and have put in an application for our shirts to be registered in Gauteng enabling us to ride out of province in our shirts.

            We are hoping to have these available for sale at the invitational so hold thumbs they will be ready.


                                                         MEMBERS MEETING

     There will be general Mpumalanga members meeting at the Forever Resorts Hotel on the Friday evening of the
Invitational show 6pm. All members are welcome to this meeting to voice their opinions, disputes and any concerns that
         may be bothering them. We will also be giving a general run down of what lies ahead for our province.


                                                           Mpumalanga Web Site

The Mpumalanga Horse Society Website is currently in the Process of being updated and should be up and running by the end
of July 2008, at the latest, please note that the Points of the Riders is going to be the part of the Website that is going to
                          take the Longest as we have to Update all the points onto the Template.

Please could all the members be patient with us as we are busy with this, as soon as this is done the website will be updated
                                                    on a Weekly basis.

      For More information with regards to the Website, please feel free to contact Andre’ Minnaar on 083 549 3448


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