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Flatwork, show jumping

SHARE   |   Friday, 28 September 2018   |   By Story & Photo: Sarah Ward
Kya Bergh on Gratification Kya Bergh on Gratification

A Flatwork and Show-Jumping Clinic was held at Penndragon Equestrian Centre, Ruretse last week.

The visiting instructor was Stuart Walker. The cost of an hour lesson to the rider was SAR500.00 plus BWP100.00 towards Stuart’s return air flight from Johannesburg.

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Stuart built three gymnastic lines and two individual jumps, all of which could be jumped in both directions. Saproe Sibanda helped Stuart to build the jumps during the clinic.

The first gymnastic line was an upright, two canter strides to another upright, two canter strides to a third upright and four canter strides to a parallel with butterfly wings. All the poles were purple, pink, yellow and white. The exercise was started with the poles on the ground, then made into cross-poles and then built into uprights and a parallel.

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Stuart built a second gymnastic line on a curve which was a blue upright with a blue gate filler, four strides to a red and grey parallel, four strides to a double combination of a red and white upright and one stride to a black and white parallel. Stuart built a third gymnastic line parallel to the first gymnastic line of a black, yellow and white upright, five strides to a black, yellow and white parallel and one stride to an orange upright with a viaduct filler.  Stuart built an offset parallel in the colours of the Botswana. This was jumped across the first gymnastic line between the second and third uprights. Stuart built a blue, red, green and white parallel over a water tray near the last parallel in the first gymnastic line.

These three gymnastic lines and two individual jumps could eventually be jumped as an awesome “Derby” course of twenty-seven jumping efforts. The course started on the left rein to the first gymnastic line, purple, pink, yellow and white, three uprights and one parallel with butterfly wings, land right and around to the second gymnastic line, a blue upright with a blue gate filler, land left and on in four strides to a red and grey parallel, land left and on in four strides to the double combination of a red and white upright, one stride to a black and white parallel, land left and around to the Botswana flag offset parallel, land right and around to the first gymnastic line and jump it in the opposite direction starting with the parallel, four strides to an upright, two strides to an upright and two strides to an upright, land left and around to the third gymnastic line of a black, yellow and white upright, five strides to a black, yellow and white parallel, one stride to an orange upright with a viaduct filler, land left and around to the water tray, land left and around to the Botswana flag offset parallel jumped in the opposite direction, land right and around to the second gymnastic line on a curve jumped in the opposite direction of a parallel, one stride to an upright, land right, four strides to a parallel, land right and four strides to an upright, land left and around to the water tray, land left and around to the last parallel of the first gymnastic line land right and around to the  third gymnastic line jumped in the opposite direction of an upright, one stride to a parallel and five strides to an upright and through the finish.

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New horse/rider combinations were unveiled.  These are Kya Bergh with Fresh Blast – a stunning thoroughbred mare who recently come off the race track in South Africa and only arrived in sunny Botswana in May. She will be just four years old in October and is bursting with personality and potential. Kya has had some flatwork lessons with Stuart on Fresh Blast but this was the first time that she has jumped the mare.  Phillipa Hasson on Gleam of Gold returned to the course having been away from Botswana for five years when she was not able to ride. It was the first clinic for Morgan Irish on Havenspride Gailforce.

The riders celebrated their experience. 

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“I definitely enjoyed Stuart’s no-nonsense approach to riding. I am not sure who was more exhausted at the end of the lesson, myself or the horse! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.  Watching Stuart ride was a treat. I realised that I am too soft. My husband often jokes that we would get along just fine if we worked as a team and did things his way! This definitely applies to the horses. Work as a team but do things my way,” one said.     



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