Peebles and District Riding Club

PDRC EVENT TRAINING with David Gatherer - Report

The clnic went ahead despite the gloomy forecast for the Saturday afternoon. The theme for this clinic was to get the riders to take responsibility for the quality of the canter and the line and for the horses to take responsibility for jumping the fence. The first two lessons braved the conditions in the outdoor arena, starting with exercises to get the correct level canter on a soft rein before tackling an exercise of 5 jumps in an X, riding a related distance of 3 strides on curved line to a narrow fence and then another curved line to a third fence, which David says is a question a lot of XC course builders are asking nowadays.

Once the weather decided to turn even more horrid, we moved indoors where David changed exercises. He gave several club members kittens when he was getting them to walk in to a fence. This exercise saw all horses over the two days improve their technique and give riders chance to improve their position as well as riding through some gridwork.

Feedback for the clinic has been very positive, and hopefully, David will return to teach again later in the year as his time allows.

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