Showground hosts ASHS North West Branch Camp

Australian Stock Horse Society North West Branch holds annual youth training camp

Isabelle Chapel on Harmony, Will Clarke on Fling, Ashley Finlay on Jack, Harriet Lampe on Tennessee and campdraft instructor Mark Palmer.

The Australian Stock Horse Society North West Branch recently held its annual youth training camp.

The camp ran from Saturday through to today, and was held at the Narrabri Showground.

Standouts learnt working classes, horsemanship, showjumping, equitation, campdrafting, polocrosse, time trial, junior judging, whipcracking and equine etiquette.

The camp had a significantly increased number of students in 2017.

Camp co-ordinator Kate Jones said that the average number the camp usually took was 50, but this year 70 students aged from six-years-old to 17-years took part.

All students used their own horses at the camp, and some even brought multiple horses.

Assisting the students were some world class teachers, headlined by Olympian John Fahey OAM.

Fahey competed at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics in showjumping.

In Tokyo in 1964 he was involved in a bronze medal jump off and finished fourth.

Fahey won the Pacific League World Cup Series three times, and won the Australian Showjumping Championships five times on five different horses.

In 2000 he received the Order of Australia Medal for Australian sporting achievement.

Jones said that the four-day camp was extremely beneficial for the students.

“We had some world renowned coaches here,” she said.