Forth Coming Events

Natural, fear free training philosophy WAYNE BUSHNELL will be at Horse Sense Sunday 1 October 2017 from 9am to lunch time Cost R175 per person Sorry no spectators This is really an unique opportunity for ANY horse lover Wayne is coming up from his base in Durban He has practiced his training methods in USA, Australia, New Zealand – wherever his expertise is required He is used in the racing industry as well as for sport horses such as dressage jumping polo etc Open to people outside Horse Sense as well.

For Bookings please email debsgmoore@gmail.com

Monday 18 December to Thursday 21 December 2017 PONY CAMP

Inter- School Competition Dates:

The Show Dates are scheduled for

Qualifier 1: 7th & 8th February 2015

Qualifier 2: 7th & 8th March 2015

Qualifier 3: 9th & 10th May 2015

Qualifier 4: 6th & 7th June 2015

FINALS: 8th & 9th August 2015

NATIONALS: 5th to 10th October 2015

We are always keeping abreast of what is happening in the “horsey world” We like to support shows in the surrounding areas so please contact us for the entry forms of the latest shows.

COMING SOON  ……… A Paper Chase

What’s it all about?

Originally, paper chases started out as mock fox hunts. Riders would get paper clues, which are meant to stand in for the fox’s scent that would lead them to the next clue, and so on, so they would know which direction to head in and which trails to take. These clues could be in the form of a question relating to management, farriery, breeds, tack etc with two different answers: if they think its answer A, they go to a certain point. If they think its answer B, they go to another point. If they go to the wrong point, they have to go back to the original point to see where they should have gone if they chose the right answer… thus wasting time. In some paper chases you are given a map to help you find your way, if the trail is very long or complicated. The basic idea is that you ride on a marked trail and the course is usually 2hrs or so of maybe 10kms?  I suggest that we have ‘divisions’ of non-jumper, low jumper, and high jumper, even going as far as sub dividing into Veterans, Beginners and Advanced.  Everything is optional, and if you and your friends are doing jumper and you don’t jump a fence it doesn’t matter. No penalties. Basically what they do is take your time and the end and compare it to the “ideal time”.  The ideal time would be set at the division and be kept in a sealed envelope so that no one would know until after the event is finished. There would be teams of 3 riders and the riders’ times nearest the ideal time are the winners.  So the group winner would be the team of 3 whose riders are closest to the ideal time – whether they go as an individual or together.

At the start of the paper trail riders would be given a “stirrup cup” before setting out.  Half way through will be a compulsory stop for a rest for riders and horses. Then at the end of the paper trail we have a braai /party going on for those who would like to enjoy our hospitality!