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The Rock-itt : September 2011
The activity Wayne built for the clinic consisted of 7 fences in a circular design with four related lines that could be jumped in a variety of directions. The single task had riders counting strides, developing a quality canter and holding lines. Before each group realised it they were jumping courses of 8 jumps that were higher than they expected, in a rhythmical and safe manner. Occasionally an error was made by a rider or horse, but Wayne calmly said "it happens" as he took the exercise back a level to ensure the confidence of both returned quickly. Moving from the show jumping activity to the cross country schooling was simply a transference of the skills being taught related to line and pace. Wayne continually reinforced that cross country riding was not about speed, rather about accuracy and power. Even the show jumpers in the groups were confident and successful jumping the narrow brush and skinny arrowheads under Wayne's guidance. NRC riders relished in every minute of the clinic, even as the rain began falling. Many of them were entered in the July One Day Events at Sydney and jokingly begged Wayne to coach them at the event as he did with the Elite Squad in his years as the Australian coach. His wealth of knowledge would be their secret weapon! Lauren loves her new pony, bought from Australian Gold Medallist Stuar t Tinney! Katie Abbot loves cross country Straight and powerful, not fast and loose! Working on developing a quality canter is a big part of the warm up and flat work