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The Rock-itt : September 2011
By Rachel Smith Photos by Rachel Smith at www.furdography.com.au Visit www.northsideridingclub.org.au for more information You Got It After coaching Australia's elite Eventers for the last 22 years W ayne Roycroft could be forgiven if he were unable to adjust his teaching style to accommodate riders of lesser ability. However, this is not the case as 30 lucky riders discovered at a two day clinic held at Northside Riding Club in July. Wayne's calm demeanour worked for every level and transformed the m ore nervous riders and worried horse into confident partners. He rarely criticised, rather offering suggestions designed to develop the correct position, an effective method that produced almost instant results. His honesty was carefully delivered in a constructive way allowing riders to believe that improvement was possible for both themselves and their horses. He was quick to identify the positives and used these strengths to improve other areas. Wayne's years of experience and vast knowledge allowed him to rapidly adapt a task, or provide a new exercise to help a rider improve in any area he identified as an issue. When a rider had trouble following a feel on her horse's mouth he set up a simple figure of eight over a single upright. All riders in the group benefited from the new exercise before moving back to the original task. As each rider achieved the set outcome Wayne would quietly say, "You got it." Wayne's 'hands on' commitment to coaching was evident in his keenness to get on to teach a horse the correct way to respond to the aids, enabling the rider to then develop an understanding of what a soft feel meant. Wayne continued teaching whilst riding the horse, praising the young rider for her talent but explaining to be better than others with talent she had to also have training. He encouraged her to seek more help so she could reach her potential with her lovely horse. This compassionate manner was also evident in his memory of another student from the earlier NRC clinic in March. He acknowledged her for the effort she had taken acting on his previous advice. By noticing her improvement Wayne "made her year" and no doubt has motivated her to keep applying her new knowledge until the next time her returns to NRC. A serpentine of poles to teach the horse to list en and follow the rider Wayne Roycroft is quietly spoken and a raised hand is the signal for "You Got It." Jenny Bennett and Sam jump the skinny with Wayne' s advice... In training don’t create a problem you don't have!