Two competitors, one jumping a cavaletti, the other steering between cavalettis. © Irma Havlicek

End-of-year Gymkhana at HorsePower Riding Academy

A lot of fun was had by all – riders and spectators – at the end-of-year Gymkhana at HorsePower Riding last Saturday.

Two of the girls use a 'Ho' stencil with colour hair spray to paint 'Ho ho ho' on a bay horse.
The girls painted and trimmed the horses with tinsel and antlers to add to the festive spirit of the day. Photo © Irma Havlicek

Sandie organised a range of events that all riders could participate in, even if they were beginner riders who were led through the course.

The focus was on participating and having fun rather than on competing.

And Santa arrived at the end of the event, and gave gifts to all. They must have all been very good all year! The pictures tell the story:

Horses, ponies and riders at the starting point for the competitions. Some ponies have tinsel in their manes, tails and on their hooves
The starting point for competitions – with many horses and ponies adorned in Christmas decorations. © Irma Havlicek
A rider steering her chestnut mount around a barrel.
Going through their paces in elegant style. © Irma Havlicek
The bay horse, Shadow, puts his head over the railing to where the spectators are seated.
Shadow wanted to be among the spectators during the event. © Irma Havlicek
One of the competitors jumping the cavalettis on a bay horse
Jumping the cavalettis in style. © Irma Havlicek
A rider on a bay horse begins to compete in one of the events
A rider begins to compete in one of the events. © Irma Havlicek
Two riders negotiating the course in one of the events - one competes at left, the other at right of the arena
Two riders negotiating the course in one of the events – one competes at left, the other at right of the arena. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Competing on bay horse, Kibble, bending around poles.
Competing on Kibble, who’s been with Sandie for many years. He loves to be part of the action but mostly spends his days grazing in the paddocks these days. Photo © Irma Havlicek.
A young, less experienced rider is led through the course on a white pony
The younger and less experienced riders were led through the course. All had fun, at whatever level they were comfortable to compete. Photo © Irma Havlicek
A young competitor leads a young rider on a white pony through the course
Both the young rider being led and the young equestrian leading the pony gain experience from the activity. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Bending around poles on a bay pony with red tinselled feet
Bending around poles on a bay pony with red tinselled feet. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Two riders compete in two rows of cavalettis: the one in the foreground trotting over, the younger, less experienced rider in the background walking over the cavalettis
Each rider takes the course at her own level and pace, to ensure safety, fun and confidence-building. Photo © Irma Havlicek
The girls are hosed with water after the hot morning's competition.
It was a hot day, so what better way to cool off after the event than a hose down? © Irma Havlicek
The girls enjoyed the refreshing burst of cold water from a hose after the hot morning's riding.
The girls enjoyed the refreshing burst of cold water after the hot morning’s riding. © Irma Havlicek
Santa brings a Reject Shop plastic bag filled with presents to give to the riders.
Santa arrives at the HorsePower Gymkhana. I guess the elves couldn’t keep up with demand for gifts this year and Santa had to supplement stores with a trip to The Reject Shop. © Irma Havlicek
Santa gives a Christmas present to one of the riders on a chestnut horse
Santa gave Christmas presents to all the competitors. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Two of the mounted riders showing appreciation for their Christmas gifts
Two of the mounted riders showing appreciation for their Christmas gifts. Photo © Irma Havlicek
The riders, their mounts and Santa post for the camera after a happy day's riding.
And a great day was had by all! © Irma Havlicek
Sandie with some of the small children on a bay horse.
Sandie with some of the young gymkhana riders. © Irma Havlicek
Riders, horses, ponies, Sandie (HPRA owner) and Santa lined up for a photo after the event
Competitors, horses, ponies, Santa, Sandie (centre, in HPRA blue shirt and pale baseball hat) and her helper, Daisy (first person from left in blue HPRA shirt standing with the horses) lined up for a photo after the event. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Sandie, with Timmy the small dog on her lap, give Santa a ride back to the house on a 4-wheeled motor.
I guess Rudolf and the crew were busy or maybe too hot to take Santa on his journey – so Sandie and Timmy helped out. © Irma Havlicek

Text Sandie on 0404 868 846 if you would like her to email you to let you know when the next HorsePower Riding Gymkhana is on.

The bay horse, Shadow, opens his mouth and shows his teeth over the heads of the audience - to the amusement of the audience
And Shadow had the last laugh…. © Irma Havlicek

Featured image at top of post © Irma Havlicek.

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