Lead rein groups combine for games at Gisborne
In these days of falling numbers, it is important that our youngest riders are engaged, having fun, so that they are interested enough to stay on in the club.
At Gisborne PC, there are 3 lead rein groups. Here they are shown lining up for a combined games session. The theme was footy ball games. They were encouraged to wear their team colours.
In the first game, the focus was on passing the ball and holding the reins in one hand.
In the next game, the skill being practised was getting on and off, but for the riders, the fun was kicking a goal.
Some needed a bit of practice. Running into the goal was the best way to get past the goal keeper.
Later on, the riders had a go at some traditional timed novelty races. The keyhole, barrel race and Old English Plate tested the parents but the riders urged them on. Some even cantered!
Young independent riders also loved this activity.
At a previous rally, the theme was Star Wars and the riders used pool noodles as light sabres. It was reported to be the best fun in the June issue of the Gisborne Gazette.https://issuu.com/oakhill3599/docs/gisbornegazette-june2016
They also had a session with the horse ball, generously lent by Werribee PC. The laughing faces tell it all.
At the CZ Games Champs this year, teams of assisted riders were given a chance to experience the thrill of games. At the end of the day, the parents and senior rider helpers may have been a bit tired but the young riders were elated. They will be coming back for more in future years.
A few years ago, CZ held a clinic for pre-D riders.The littlest riders loved Wendy Hill’s activity using hobby horses to learn the commands for riding in a school, (prepare to trot, and…..trot!)
without the added stress of staying on a pony.
Brenda Mitton showed young riders how to hold their reins “like ice-creams” and to “fold, stretch and post” over a jump. For a more detailed report of the clinic, go to the archived news May 2013.
While the main focus of a coach is helping riders to improve their skills, it doesn’t have to be boring. For the youngest riders, having fun is what matters. Doing this while they are practising skills is a formula for engaged riders who will last the distance.
If your youngest riders have a favourite fun activity, we would love to hear of it and add to the page.