Riders get jumping in Cooma

Nine year old Alex Gould blending into the mist.

Nine year old Alex Gould blending into the mist.

Sophie Edwards introduces her horse to showjumping.

Sophie Edwards introduces her horse to showjumping.

Suzanne Skerman and Theo.

Suzanne Skerman and Theo.

Denise Horsfall schooling her grandson's pony.

Denise Horsfall schooling her grandson's pony.

FIFTEEN of Monaro Equestrian Association's (MEA) show jumping riders were not deterred by the cold misty weather for their monthly training day last Sunday. The program and the venue, Cooma Pony Club grounds, was the same as the previous jump training day. The obstacles in the first round were set low as simple cross rails. Every hour or so they were raised so that by lunchtime the horses were schooling over 80cm obstacles. Riders could choose the size of the course that suited their skill and their horse's experience. As the horses' confidence increased, so did the height of the jumps. John Flower volunteered as the instructor for the day and all riders were pleased with the way their horses improved whilst under instruction.

Organiser of the jump training days, Tanya Pointer said it was great to see families attend.

"Although the MEA promotes horse riding for adults it was great to see several families arrive with two generations represented. There are not too many sporting activities where the difference in participants' ages from oldest to youngest is at least sixty years as it was today," she said.

Any riders of any age, interested in show jumping can find out details of the next show jump training day from www.mea.equestrian.org.au

"This is the second training day which we have run this winter. I was surprised to see so many riders considering that we normally turn out our horses over these colder months," she said.

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