For the horse ! May/JUNE 08 FREE for agisters & riders at Ardis STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Taygan Pearce “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle” Winston Churchill Congratulations to SILVER HILLS ONE DAY EVENT – 10/11 MAY Taygan this month … byTiffany Bolinowsky who is awarded ‘Student of the About three weeks before the Silvers Hills ODE I was month’. seriously considering giving riding away – selling Tas and Milo and just riding occasionally when I could. I Taygan has been had enormous passion for them but finding the time riding for about a for them and me was a second place behind my family year and a half and the kids and all their activities and needs. and has come such a long way in that time. Pictured here riding I’ve changed my mind. Bucc, she is soon to venture out beyond Ardis & plans on attending a jumping clinic with Colleen Brook (a A couple of things happened that weekend: report for next month’s newsletter would be nice, hint hint!!!) 1: I managed to get round without killing myself 2: My husband came and watched me ride on the Taygan’s rapid learning has been caused by her Saturday. enthusiam & dedication to the sport. She has never said “can’t”, “won’t” or “too hard” but applies herself This second point is in fact enormously significant. He with maturity beyond her years. She is very much in had never seen me even so much as trot on a horse line with the Ardis philosophy of learning as much so his idea of my riding was probably a little “Saddle about handling horses & care in general as the riding Club-ish” if you know what I mean – I get to wear cool side of things. stuff and brush them a lot. BIRTHDAYS We’d like to take this opportunity to wish the following people a very Happy Birthday: 03 Jun Vicki Craig 09 Jun Caitlin Wall 15 Jun Nicola Taylor 29 Jun Ilana Bolinowsky WELCOME NEW STUDENTS Lisa & Zoe Cartlidge Rebekah Skinner Tess Wiseman Eileen McIlwain Natalie Peden Catherine Atkinson Tiff & Tas show jumping Desley Walker Paul appeared out of nowhere on Saturday about an CONGRATULATIONS hour before the Show Jumping with my two youngest kids Ilana and Jacob (Georgia had come along with To Tamsin & Pops for placing 5th in the official 1.4 at myself and Abigail as the general hand – a job she HDA and obtaining their first grading points. Tamsin’s excelled in, happily going off on errands to check dream is to compete dressage at the top level. times and details with the event secretary, fetching 6 Bibbenluke Ave, Duffys Forest M: 0411 623 479 t: 02 9450 0167 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Page 1 of 5 Postal: PO box 446, Terrey Hills NSW 2084 For the horse ! May/JUNE 08 FREE for agisters & riders at Ardis sausage sandwiches and plaiting furiously with us on My family are still and will always be my priority but I Saturday morning when we realized we probably also now have an edge as Paul can appreciate how shouldn’t have gone to the pub in Camden for dinner much this means to me … and he realized that I can the previous night instead of preparing for the actually ride a little bit! I will always be grateful to Dressage!) Veritas the Super Horse for giving me the opportunity to do Silver Hills – he can be a cranky bugger It of course meant that I HAD to go clear in the Show sometimes but he is true to his name – (A God from Jumping (eeek!). Roman Mythology meaning Truth). Tas is a legend and he has been the catalyst for all my confidence, so Tas was outstanding and we did jump clear. I do Thank You TAS! think however that I need to maybe put a stronger bit on him at such events as he had so much fun we all but galloped out of the arena when we had finished as he was looking for more jumps to tackle. Paul said that I should find more time to compete (I almost fell over – was this my husband?!) Success!!! Tiff/Tas, Abigail/Ande, Tamsin/Pops wait to start their cross country at Silver Hills BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! The only reason we don’t go after our dreams is because we believe that our abilities are limited. The truth is that the ‘belief ceiling’ is only in our imagination. So many people never reach their Tiff & Tas cross country potential because of beliefs that they are not strong enough, smart enough, athletic enough, old enough Saturday we all walked the Cross Country Course etc before they left. Paul said all people that do Cross Country on a horse are insane. I guess that means Napolean Hill said: “Whatever you can conceive and Ardis Equestrian Centre has lots of crazy people, I believe, you can achieve”. Think about it. If you truly actually find that quite comforting(!) believed that you’d succeed at everything you tried, what would stop you from ‘going for it’? The upshot of the weekend was I had a fantastic time. The journey that you take with yourself is such a precious thing and I am so very grateful that I have the opportunity to do that following the path I choose, rather then the path I am herded into by others. As I came across the finish line after completing the Cross When cleaning rugs in a washing machine, tie old tea Country clear I couldn’t think of giving it up and towels/chux around the metal fastenings to protect inevitably joining a gym and doing step classes. the machine from damage. 6 Bibbenluke Ave, Duffys Forest M: 0411 623 479 t: 02 9450 0167 E: email@example.com Page 2 of 5 Postal: PO box 446, Terrey Hills NSW 2084 For the horse ! May/JUNE 08 FREE for agisters & riders at Ardis horse; their work must be kept interesting. It is often easier/better for the horse for a task to be broken Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is down into smaller units rather than attempted as one. fighting some kind of battle. For example, a better extended trot is achieved not by repeated extended trot but by developing correct rhythm, balance and engagement through other exercises. GOALS OF CORRECT TRAINING .. by Soo Horses respond better to positive reinforcement than Have you ever stopped & asked yourself why you ride; to punishment. They provide a rider with constant what would you like to achieve; are you training your feedback – if you are prepared to be aware! When horse to the best of your ability; why do you do what they are pleased with themselves they stick their you do? tongue out. Every position of the ears means something: it is well known that ears flattened all the When training or schooling a horse in dressage, or way back mean the horse is angry or upset. When flatwork, we aim to produce a relaxed, athletic, both of the ears face backward, he is paying full responsive horse who is happy with his work. With attention to the rider. Ears forward mean he is paying progressive training the horse should become special attention to where he is going. Ears moving stronger, his impulsion should increase and his level of back and forth might indicate divided attention and collection improve, all being achieved through the perhaps a little nervousness. Floppy ears indicate a learning of progressively more difficult exercises. relaxed horse. The tail of the horse also speaks. Swishing means either flies are bothering him or he is One goal riders can forget at times is that we should irritated by the riders aids. Bucking can mean he is aspire to make the dressage horse as straight as irritated, sore or just feeling good about himself. possible. This simply means that the muscles of the Tossing his head usually means nervousness. horse are developed equally on both sides, which in turn will help the horse engage both hindquarters Horses tend to do exactly what they are told; riders do evenly. The basic half halt cannot ‘go through’ if the not always realise how they are affecting the horse. horse is not straight. [Don’t forget that a straight Every part of the rider’s body conveys message to the horse on a circle has an arc or curve through his spine horse & likewise the horse provides the rider with a that matches the arc of the circle] constant flow of messages. A well prepared dressage horse will be recognized, as If we enjoy riding and love our horses, we are more a result of the engagement of the hindquarters, by a likely to provide the needed caresses and rewards that greater period of suspension at the trot and canter. will help the horse better understand what we desire. Suspension is the moment when none of the horse’s hoofs touch the ground at the trot or at the canter (there is no period of suspension at the walk). WEBSITE DONE! As the horse engages his hindquarter and the front As you are aware, the website is finally up & running. becomes lighter, the horse’s head can also fall in the Details of upcoming clinics, holiday camps etc will be right frame. You should not sit to the trot if your available on here a month or so before each event. horse’s back is hollow as you will cause it to hollow further. The elevation of the horse’s head should www.ardisequestrian.com.au correspond to the degree of collection. A snaffle bit is sufficient to put any horse ‘on the bit’, with double bridles being used for increased lightness after the “There is something about the outside of a horse that horse has been trained using a snaffle bit. is good for the inside of a man” Repitition is the key to learning for the horse, as it is Winston Churchill for people. But not needless repetition. Sitting on endless circles is monotonous and boring for the 6 Bibbenluke Ave, Duffys Forest M: 0411 623 479 t: 02 9450 0167 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Page 3 of 5 Postal: PO box 446, Terrey Hills NSW 2084 For the horse ! May/JUNE 08 FREE for agisters & riders at Ardis SERVICES AVAILABLE 8. Why might you lunge a horse? Not enough time to ride your horse? Going away? Schooling available by Soo or Tamsin, $65 & $35 per 9. Before mounting, how do you check if you stirrup session respectively. Call Soo on 0411 623 479 or leathers are the right length? email email@example.com 10. In rising trot, how to you change diagonal? To advertise here for free, send email to QUIZ CORNER – ANSWERS firstname.lastname@example.org HOW DID YOU GO LAST MONTH? 1. what does the term ‘Horse-sick’ mean? c Sour QUIZ CORNER pasture 1. How many different meanings can you come up 2. What’s the connection between pincers, rasp, with for the words: hammer, anvil? They are all farrier tools a. Chestnut b. Curb 3. What is the earliest age at which thoroughbreds c. Cast race? Two years old d. Cheek 4. What is the size of a large dressage arena? 2. What animal, bird, fish or flower name is used to 60x20m describe: a. A horse with a belly line that slopes up 5. Name the letters around sharply from the girth to the stifle the arena in order? b. Hocks which turn inwards at the points clockwise from A: A K V E c. Turned-in toes S H C M R B P F (see d. Dark spots on a lighter-coloured coat (like picture next page) Pops) 6. How often should you 3. What is a ‘gall’? check your horse/pony’s a. A french breed of pony teeth? At least once a year b. A head collar c. A sore place 7. Name 8 different breeds of d. A feed additive horse/pony? Thoroughbred, Connemara, Warmblood, 4. What does EFA stand for? Australian Stock Horse, Fresian, Clydesdale, 5. What are the letters that run down the centre line Percheron, Arab, Quarter of a dressage arena? Horse, Mustang …. + + 6. What are the 3 phases now found in 3 day 8. What is ‘roughing off’? eventing? (Can you name the 4th that was used Preparing your horse to be turned out .. ie. cutting until recently) down on hard feed, reducing the amount of rugging 7. Name the terms used for: 9. What is a false ground line? A pole on the ground a. A pony in his first year at a show jump that is placed beyond the take off b. A pony in the year after the year of birth spot c. A female pony up to 3 years old d. A female over 3 years old 10. Which is the odd one out? B Hogged (the other 3 e. A castrated male were types of clip; hogging is removal of the horse’s mane) 6 Bibbenluke Ave, Duffys Forest M: 0411 623 479 t: 02 9450 0167 E: email@example.com Page 4 of 5 Postal: PO box 446, Terrey Hills NSW 2084 For the horse ! May/JUNE 08 FREE for agisters & riders at Ardis NEW FRIENDS We are very pleased to announce the arrival of new potential school horses to Ardis: Thumbelina – Tom – 16hh 8yr quarter 2½ yr old clydie horse x clydie. Tom comes x percheron to us from Victoria. He filly. “Lina” has seems a very sweet horse been well but as with so many, has handled by her reason to distrust people. previous owners He is settling in well, has but is not yet given his first lesson (well broken in. done Fe) and will hopefully soon be in full use. Colt – 17 month old. Can you help name him? COMING UP 01 Jun HDC 15 Jun SSJC comp SSJC training 19 Jun NRC midweek dressage 05 Jun NRC Thunderbirds 21/22 Jun Wagga ODE 08 Jun NRC SJ 22 Jun NRC Dressage 09 Jun NRC clinic with Colleen Brook 28/29 Jun Canberra ODE 14/15 Jun DNSW 29 Jun XC clinic at Hidden Valley (more details on website/coming up page) USEFUL WEBSITES / ABBREVIATIONS NRC = Northside Riding Club www.northsideridingclub.org.au SIEC = Sydney International Equestrian Centre www.sydneyeventingatsiec.bigpondhosting.com WDA = Warringah Dressage Association www.warringahdress.org CCDA = Central Coast Dressage Association www.ccdressage.org.au SSJC = Sydney Show Jump Club …………………….. www.teamj.com.au/ssjc.html HDC = Hawkesbury Dressage Club ………… ……. www.hawkesburydressage.com.au SJ = Show Jumping xc = Cross Country HT = hunter trials ODE = One Day Event DNSW = Dressage NSW UNSUBSCRIBE If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter & future correspondence please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title ‘Unsubscribe 6 Bibbenluke Ave, Duffys Forest M: 0411 623 479 t: 02 9450 0167 E: email@example.com Page 5 of 5 Postal: PO box 446, Terrey Hills NSW 2084
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