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If you use the nomination form you do not need to bring a health declaration Form along with you on the day but if you do your nominations via text or phone call please make sure you still bring a health declaration form with you.
CHRISTMAS PARTY & PRESENTATION @ CLUB GROUNDS
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25TH
We would like to give a warm welcome to all our new members so far in 2017.
Michelle, Glen & Jasmine Mc Andrew
Michael, shari & Jayme Wyvill
A Strathdee & Anna & Grace
Kylie Wenham & Kyal Grant
Kelly, Dave & Damon Bartholomeuse
Lyndie & Bernie Panitz
Annette, John & family Seegal
General Chit Chat
The Club is ticking over nicely with lots going on around the Pen.
Next time you visit the grounds we hope that you’ll be impressed by our new Entry. The Scenic Rim Regional Council have completed the new passing/turnaround area which was a major project required towards finalising our Development Requirements for the Leasehold of the Club. Several Committees and of course with the support of our Members attending Clinics, Cutting Practice Days and Points Days for both groups the required $54K to fund this project was generated.
So, it is hoped that once a couple smaller requirements are fulfilled, we will be able to draw up our own Development Plans looking towards continued improvement to facilities for our Members. Hopefully then, we will also be able to invite other user groups to pay for the privilege and hire our grounds.
Well before Summer hits us you will also see that the Club has benefited to the tune of $15K from a Grant received from the Gambling Benefits Fund. The application was made towards provision of shade shelters. Two structures will be built in the cattle pens to ensure the welfare of stock. The money will also assist with the construction of a spectator shade structure for the Western Performance arena, this was previously bought by the Club), and towards the installation of 4 poles in front of the Canteen area. This will be to hang an 8x5 shade sail, generously donated by Don Lofthouse. So, we also urge you to support our local upholstery bloke…it also helps that he does an amazing job.
Western Performance has been busy with a well-attended Lorellei Payne Clinic on the 10th. Smiles all around, continued on the 11th during their Points Day. Apparently as per normal the Tiny Tots were the ribbon bandits at the show. A huge thank you to all that ensure these days run smoothly. As a number of the WP organisers will be away during July it has been decided to not host a Practice/Points weekend during that month.
In the Cutting Pen ….. With some of our Members thoughts on the Futurity being held in Tamworth, a few took advantage of using the May Cutting weekend as a training platform for their youngsters. There were a few of our regulars missing as they had already made the trek south. We would like to congratulate all our members who attended the NCHA Futurity. Remember, just to be able to cross that time line is a win in itself. Congrats to you all.
Results for both the Western Performance and Cutting can now be found on our webpage.
At the end of May, Kev & Edna Wilson hosted a Me-Cow Beginner Cutter Clinic which focused on basic horsemanship, shaping and positioning your horse for working the mechanical cow. Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed learning atmosphere and are keen for more days like this. Thank you both for your time and swinging back into the saddle just days after arriving back from a big holiday.
The guys and girls have been busy adding extra panels to our cattle pens to improve the race for loading and unloading cattle. It is hoped that this will lessen the possibility of cattle being injured as there should be less bunching and they should remain calmer.
We will also be looking at holding a Club Working Bee on a date yet to be confirmed – we encourage you all to come along and make this a social weekend and help us clear up some of the smaller maintenance jobs around the traps. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page for this announcement.
Before we know it, Pink Day will be once again here. So, start working on those costumes and ideas that will help make this a colourful, friendly day.
Don’t forget to check out the links to a few new training articles aimed at the Beginner Riders on this page. But I’m sure that there will always be a couple forgotten tips we can all pick up.
Keep riding, keep smiling!
Biggest Mistakes Made by Beginner Cutters
by Larry Trocha
#1. Trying to Learn to Cut on a Green Cutting Horse.
If you are a person who loves frustration, then trying to learn to cut on a green horse is definitely the way to go. =o)
Seriously though, cutting is one of the most challenging show events you can do on
horseback. During a cutting run, you have three separate “beings” to
deal with… yourself, the horse and the cow.
When you’re new and just learning, its hard enough just to concentrate on
YOURSELF. Let alone a cow and a horse that doesn’t know his job.
Its far better to learn on a fully trained horse that really knows his job. You
will learn much faster if you do.
Now, let me make this clear. I’m talking about “competition cutting” here.
If you just want to have some fun by working your horse on cattle, by all
means, have at it. You’ll have a blast and gain some valuable
experience. However, if you are serious about competing, then go get
help from a top cutting horse trainer.
#2. Rider’s Body is Tense & Stiff Instead of Loose & Relaxed.
Its imperative that
you ride with your body totally relaxed.
Trying to ride a cutting
horse while your body is stiff is the most common fault you will see in
the cutting arena. It’s also one of the worst faults a cutting horse
rider can have.
Why? Because body stiffness causes a MULTITUDE of problems.
Here are just a few…
A. Causes the horse to miss the stop.
B. Causes the horse to round the turns and leak up the arena.
C. Causes the rider to fall forward and lose his balance.
D. Causes the horse to lose his form and style on a cow.
Bottom line, if the rider can’t sit in the saddle relaxed, nothing goes
#3. Failure to Make a Clean Cut in the Middle of the Pen.
In other words, cutting on the run. If the run doesn’t start right, it usually doesn’t finish very well either. Ideally, you want to cut a cow in the center of the arena with your horse “faced up” and “even” with the cow.
This means before you drop your hand, the horse needs to be looking directly
at the cow you want to cut and be positioned on the cow
correctly. Not placed out-of-wack, too far to the right or left
of the cow.
Many beginning cutters will experience “tunnel vision” and get focused on running cows. What they need to do is slow down and focus on the cows that want to stop and stay for their horse.
#4. Rider Takes His Eyes Off the Cow & Looks at the Horse’s Head.
This is the quickest way I know of to get thrown off the back of a cutting horse. Many beginning
cutters are unable to “feel” the position of the horse’s body so they
take their eyes off the cow and look at the horse to check what he is
This is a huge mistake. See, the rider’s “timing” and “balance” comes from
watching the cow. Whenever a rider takes his eyes off the cow and
looks at the horse’s head, he is no longer aware of when the cow is
going to stop and turn.
I’ve seen plenty of riders hit the ground because they took their eyes off the cow
just as it stopped and went the other way. The horse went the other way
too but the rider didn’t. Usually, the rider isn’t even aware of
#5. The Rider Not Correctly Sitting the Stop.
This one mistake is responsible for cutting horses “missing” their cattle than any other
thing I can think of.
When the cow is running across the pen and then stops and goes the other way,
it’s imperative that the rider sits down in the saddle to help
This “sitting down” does two very important things.
1.It tells the horse that its time to stick his butt in the dirt and apply
2.It also allows the rider to maintain balance during the hard stop and
The “sit down” consists of the rider rounding his lower back, tucking his pelvis
under him and trying to sit on his jean pockets. It’s also important for
the rider’s shoulders to be positioned directly over his hips… Not
leaning too far forward or too far back.
Unfortunately, many riders “hollow out” and arch their back. Making
their spine rigid. The result is usually the horse not stopping in time
with the cow and the rider losing his balance by falling forward.
#6. The Rider Leaning His Upper Body Towards the Cow.
Okay, this is the rider mistake I see the most at the shows. And it’s a mistake that MUST
be corrected if the horse is ever going to work correctly.
See, a horse will “follow” the rider’s body weight. If the rider is leaning
towards the cow, the horse will travel towards the cow. This
causes the horse to round his turns instead of sitting down and coming
over his hocks.
This leaning will also cause the horse to “leak” up the pen and lose his
proper position. Leaning can also cause a horse to get out of sync with
the cow. All in all, this “leaning rider syndrome” causes some pretty
ugly stuff to happen.
What causes the rider to lean in the first place? It can be a variety of
things. Maybe the rider doesn’t trust that his horse is going to turn
with the cow and he is leaning in an attempt to get the horse to turn.
The leaning can also be caused by just plain old nervousness or fear. Many
riders have “stage fright” when they first learn to cut.
The cure is to condition your “muscle memory” to keep your body relaxed, loose and centered while you ride.
#7. The Rider’s Lack of Essential Horsemanship Skills.
A lot of people think that because cutting horses work on their own, all the rider has to do is just cut a
cow and hang on. Well, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Yes it’s true, cutting horses do work on their own but the rider has a HUGE
influence on how well that horse works. A cutting horse rider needs to
be more of a “jockey” than a mere “passenger”.
That means you will have a lot more success cutting if you are a knowledgeable
horseman. The rider who knows how to stop and turn a horse over his
hocks and position a horse’s body with leg cues, will have a tremendous
advantage over the rider who doesn’t.
TIPS FOR THE TRAIL CLASS
AQHA America asked western trainer Missy Jo Hollingsworth of Saddle Lake Equestrian Center for some tips about how riders can do well in a trail class.
"First of all, riders should read the rules of the particular class they want to enter,” says Missy Jo. "If you visit the American Quarter Horse Association’s website at www.aqha.com, you can download a rulebook that tells you what you should know about trail classes.
""Practice is the key to doing well at a show,” says Missy Jo. "I always say, practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect!”
Here are some tips from about trail classes:
1. Maintain the same speed and rhythm in the obstacles as you do in between the obstacles.
2. Your horse should be willing and confident around the course.
3. Always look toward the next obstacle so your body can take your horse there. When you look at an obstacle, your hips and thighs will turn slightly and they will help guide your horse.
Some trail courses include a set of poles that your horse must back up through. It’s important that your horse listens to your legs and responds when you ask him to back up. Before you begin backing your horse, make sure she’s standing straight in between the poles and ask him to stand for a second or two before you cue him to back up. As she backs up, continue to keep her body straight; you don’t want her hips swinging and her back legs stepping over the poles. Keep some rein contact and ask for small, controlled steps.
It is suggested that you glance quickly down the back of your leg so she can see the obstacle as your horse backs up.
Jog & Lope Poles
Set up three poles three feet apart and then practice jogging over them. Keep the same rhythm you had approaching the obstacle when you’re jogging over the poles.
"Don’t just do the obstacles over and over when you’re practicing,” says Missy Jo. "Work on your pace and rhythm on the rail too.”
You don’t want your horse to jog like a snail over the poles because she could trip and lose points. If you go too fast she could knock a pole and this could be counted against you too. Keep a fairly loose rein on your horse when you do jog poles. She should stay balanced without too much help from you.
Always aim for the middle of the poles.
Lope poles are set at around six feet apart. Often they are set up as a fan pattern (on a curve) so your horse must bend her body as she lopes over them. You may use slightly more contact over lope poles because your horse must be more collected.
If your horse is short-strided, aim for the section where the poles are closer together; if she’s long-strided, stay to the outside of the fan to get a good trip through the poles.
Jog in a nice, consistent rhythm until you are a few steps away from the bridge. Some riders halt for a second or two before asking their horse to step on the bridge but if you’re horse isn’t rushing and you feel in control, simply slow down to a walk and step up on the bridge.
Keep your horse in the middle of the bridge. "Steer straight.”
What should you do if your horse steps off the bridge to the side? Whoops! Keep going—and the same goes for all of the obstacles.
"Don’t start ove.,” . "Finish the obstacle to your best ability. There are no retries in a trail class.”
Ride up next to the gate and get as close as you can. You need to be able to reach the latch (usually a rope loop) without leaning.
"Some horses get anxious near a gate,” says Missy Jo. "Let your horse stand next to the gate for a while until she gets used to it. Don’t be in a hurry.”
Put your reins in your outside hand (leave the reins loose-ish to demonstrate that you have control of your horse) and grab the rope in your inside hand.
Ask your horse to back a few steps and then use your inside leg to ask her to move her hindquarters around so she’s facing the opening and ask her to walk forward. Once she’s through the gate, use your leg again to push her hindquarters around so you’re facing in the other direction and are parallel to the gate. You may need to push her over a bit with your outside leg so she’s close to the gate. Back a step or two, keeping your outside leg slightly behind the cinch to stop her hindquarters swinging out. Then replace the rope latch and ask your horse to walk forward.
When you’ve mastered all of the obstacles in your pattern at home, it’s suggested to do the obstacles in a different order. Mix things up.
"Only practice trail courses that are appropriate for your level,” says Missy Jo Hollingsworth. "Don’t over face yourself or your horse.
Thanks to Maddie, Izzy and Missy Jo Hollingsworth