Practice day and working equitation clinic coming up

Horsing Around on the Coast

The Sunshine Coast Equestrian Club is a member funded non-profit society that serves as a local coordinating body for horse owners and the community. The club goals are to foster and encourage interesting equestrian activities by providing events such as shows, gymkhanas, trail rides, schooling days, clinics and demonstrations. 

The club was originally founded in the 1970s and was then called the Timber Trails Riding Club. The name was changed in the 1980s to the current Sunshine Coast Equestrian Club and facilities were acquired in 1999 on Largo Road in Roberts Creek where events now take place. 

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Members are provided access to the club grounds, reduced rates for competitions and are eligible for year-end awards and bursaries. Events and clinics hosted by the club are open to members and non-members and can be found in the calendar of the website and Facebook page. 

On Saturday, July 13, the club is holding a practice day for those riders wanting to practise flat classes and games. This is a great chance to practise for the Ted Bowe barrel races coming up on Aug. 10. There is no charge to attend but it is requested that you RSVP to to let them know you are coming. 

On Aug. 24 and 25 the club will host a Working Equitation clinic with Darcy Henkel, an Irwin Insights Level 3 Master Certified trainer. This is a fun, exciting discipline gaining popularity in North America that is good for all levels of riders and can be done in any tack. Riders navigate through a course of obstacles that test the horse and rider partnership. The obstacles are meant to simulate what a rancher may encounter in their day of work. Working Equitation was developed as an equine sport in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy and is now enjoyed around the world by riders of all ages and backgrounds.

For more information or to register for the clinic, see 

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