Matilda Mills puts on a show at a recent showjumping summer camp in Yeppoon with 60 other riders.
Matilda Mills puts on a show at a recent showjumping summer camp in Yeppoon with 60 other riders. Supplied

Training camp calls on top coaches

SHOWJUMPING: Weather fit for a duck wasn’t going to stop young riders attending the first showjumping training camp of 2010.

A group of more than 60 gathered at the Yeppoon Hack and Pony Club to experience a week of training from a variety of coaches.

“The camp wasn’t about stand out performers but more on enhancing the riders’ skills,” said Kerrod Smyth as spokesman for Yeppoon Hack and Pony Club.

“The riders were put to the test, after having 100mm of rain the riders had to adapt to the same conditions as they have in England,” Smyth said.

“This meant the coaches had to be on the ball teaching riders how to not slip and slide in the mud.”

Although the conditions were down the riders spirits were still up.

Aspiring show jumpers, Lauren Lewthwaite and Matilda Mills, both took to the track at full steam under the watchful eye of the experienced coaches, such as former show jumping Olympian Ron Easey.

Easey is a regular coach to the Yeppoon club but the training camp also had Geraldine Van Montfrans-Eady, who ranks highly in dressage, and David Finch, who is an Equestrian Australian member.

“The quality of the coaches was exceptional and the riders progressed through the week,” Smyth said.

“We could definitely make this a regularly event and I look forward to the year to come.”

The official competitive showjumping season will start late this month with the first competition on the February 7.



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