SAQ Members Training Day – March
By Maxine Murphy
SAQ has added monthly Members Training Days at Marburg to their Events Calendar. These days are designed as a fun instruction day for members who just want to get their horses out and for those starting out with Standies under saddle, wanting to get some guidance to further educate their horses and give them confidence when out and about.
These monthly training days will be scheduled on the 3rd Saturday of every month and will be held at our home grounds at Marburg Show grounds. We are also offering similar monthly Members Training Days for our Northside members at Caboolture Show grounds.
SAQ held its first monthly Members Training Day for the year at Marburg on Saturday 19th March.
Ten horses and their supporters rolled up and the day started with gear checks and instruction on how to lead, how to stand your horse up for a judge to look at, how to run a horse out to show off to a judge, as well as some show ring etiquette explained and demonstrated.
Then it was into riding and lots of walking, which is not as easy as it sounds. To keep a horse at a consistent even walk can be difficult on horse and rider and quite tiring for both. After a break it was onto circle work and then bending poles, practising how to bend your horse around your leg and around corners, adjusting your weight to help the horse and where to place your body.
The day ended with some obstacles to ride through. In all it was a very productive day with a lovely group of very friendly people and all are looking forward to our next Training day at Marburg on 30th April which is a jumps training day (in preparation for our 2022 Showjumping Gala on 9th July at Marburg Show grounds) but will also be a recap of the first training day.
Our online events calendar can be found on our website: www.saq.com.au/events
SAQ PERFORMANCE CARDS
Reminder to make sure you are filling out your SAQ Performance Cards at the completion of each event you attend in order to qualify for the 2022 SAQ Performance Awards.
Remember that it’s not only SAQ Events that you receive points for; include your attendance at all events you attend through the year.
These awards are available for all handler /horse combinations anywhere in Queensland, so if you are getting out and participating in events, then make sure to enter.
Register here: https://saq.com.au/pca Note: If you have already registered, use your current link.
If you share a horse for various events, then make sure to complete a separate application for each handler/horse combination. You will receive a custom link for each application.
To see the full range of Awards available for 2022 see the SAQ STATE High Point Competition Information Pack on the SAQ.com.au website under Documents and Forms.