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Posted by Christine Armishaw on 25/03/2021.
Images courtesy of VNSW

ENSW Holds Vaulting Lunging Clinic With Recovery Project Funding

Participants to Vaulting New South Wales’ (VNSW) first Lunging Clinic for 2021, held in Evans Park, were very fortunate to have Sarah Venamore as their coach for the weekend of the 13th & 14th February 2021.

Sarah has a long association with Vaulting as a coach, lunger and judge along with her extensive background as a general riding, dressage and Pony Club coach.

The committee was able to bring Sarah up from Wagga Wagga with the grant provided by the Equestrian NSW and NSW Office of Sport COVID-19 Recovery Project Funding program.

Sarah covered many topics over the two days, including workshops on dressage terms, lunging plans and understanding the new horse score.

Individual lunging lessons

The horse sessions were ridden group lessons, semiprivate lunge lessons and groundwork. Sarah catered to all participants’ skill levels and easily coached different skill levels in group sessions with unflappable professionalism.

Young horses receiving great exposure

VNSW was also very lucky to have Emma Hale for turn out/grooming sessions on the Saturday of the clinic. Emma has groomed in Europe and at WEG and her sessions were informative, highly engaging and thoroughly enjoyable.

Grooming show bags for every participant

Emma was also very generous with her extensive grooming knowledge. The sessions included general grooming, mane and tail care, turnout prep including plaiting, quarter marks, bandaging and trimming. Participants also received a bag of supplies as part of the sessions.

Emma demonstrating correct bandage technique

The clinic was fully booked, with eight horses & approximately thirty people participating. This was the maximum number possible due to the individual lunging lessons, but it must be remembered that each horse represents a group of vaulters.

Mane pulling without the pulling!

The number of participants was managed as per the VNSW COVID Risk Management plan and Risk Assessment and the Evans Park COVID policies.

VNSW had a COVID Marshall in attendance at all times, ensuring that all participants signed in, registered with the QR Code, and were present on the participants’ list. The marshal did an excellent job of ensuring the number of people in the enclosed areas did not exceed the maximum number allowed and that social distancing was adhered to.

Robyn Bruderer, our COVID Marshall, in action

VNSW wishes to thank the coaches, Sarah & Emma, for their time and expertise, Evans Park for a beautiful and well-run facility and very helpful staff member Kelly Mulder. A big thankyou to all the participants & their horses and the VNSW committee for organising the Lungers Clinic.

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