The time has sped by since the last Coaching News, partly because I have been in catch-up mode after spending 4 weeks in Europe and partly because it has been a busy Pony Club time as well as things like tax returns, grant acquittals and a bit of fencing maintenance after the first real storms of the season.
I was reasonably pleased with the response for those coaches who are interested in pursuing a NCAS Level 2 coaching qualification and there has been quite a lot of Preliminary and Level 1 accreditation activity as well. I had the pleasure of assessing Fern Faulkner from West Plantagenet Pony Club for her Level 1 last month. In addition to undergoing her assessment at King River Pony Club (not enough C level riders at WPPC this year), Ferne had to cope with dreadful weather which meant using the small RDA covered arena for her flat work lesson during which time pace work was happening alongside and then when we moved to the SJ arena there was the distraction of a tractor and front end loader busily preparing for the Hickstead event, scheduled for the following weekend. Typical Pony Club I hear you say! Ferne maintained control, kept her cool (she has a very nice calm delivery style) and improved riders' way of going. Her jumping lesson flowed on logically from the flat work and the horsecare session on bandaging was very informative. During this last theory session Ferne emphasised the need for safety when bandaging horses in their yard or stable and congratulated the only rider to keep her helmet on. Ashley smiled and explained it was because she had "bed" hair - brings a whole new meaning to "bed hair day."
Well done to Ferne and all coaches under going assessment or following up on their re-accreditation.
The SCP are still working on the right words for the definition of a Working Rally - trying to strike a balance between what will be practical and pragmatic and meet the desires of our Associate Riders.
At the next SCP meeting (21st August) we will start to draft up the next State Coaching School program. At this stage based on information from the feedback forms and other anecdotal comments it looks as those the long list of topics include:
- XC Jumping
- Fun with Flat Work
- 1st Aid for coaches
- Lesson/rally plans
- Veterinary session
- Ground Work
- SJ Course Building
Suggestions are always welcome - please submit before 21st August so we can plan around these as early as possible.
We have provisionally booked the Karina Equestrian Park and have our fingers crossed that it won't be boiling hot nor blowing a gale. Concurrent with the SCS there will be a Gear Check Update run by Jacinta and her team.
Jon Pitts and his team received excellent reviews at the SCS in February and many Pony Clubs have had separate RideSmart clinics. As a result of this positive feedback Jon is in the process of setting up a business in Australia and coaches and riders will have the chance to join the RideSmart Core Advocacy Group. The webinars are scheduled for filming in September and release in January 2018. Download the RideSmart flyer.