The 2005 Christmas
Gymkhana Play Day will be on the New Year's Day, 1st of
Fiona will be organising the
Christmas Play Day again this year. Fiona says:
Please can you
let me know if you're
intending on bringing your horse or are able to help, so that I've got
an idea of how many races and heats are required. Can you also
give me an idea of how many will be riding and which races you might
like to do? I will try to make it open so you've got a choice
whether to ride or do groundwork. I think last year most people
were on the ground, but another year on and things might have changed.
It will be along the lines of last years, but I'll be
more picky on accuracy and not just speed. It worked well last
year with the winner having 2 points, the second having 1 point, then
adding up at the end to see who wins. That way you can choose
which races you wish to do. There will also be points on softness,
so if you loose all races, but are soft, you might still win!
There will also be cakes & chocolate as prizes (donations welcome).
Most of the races are the same as last year, but with
little variations. This might change depending who replies and what
they'd like, but it's an idea for now.
Pace Race - Walk to top, turn around trot
back, turn around and canter to top, dismount and lead back.
Yo-yo Race - Backup to end and canter
forwards. If ridden - no reins! There will be a pole in
the way, which you'll need to go over.
Bag Race - Ride/lead to the other end,
collect a stick and bag, lead back with bag in the air.
Ball Race - Kick a ball up with horse,
turn around and kick ball back with horse. This can be ridden
with a carrot stick hitting the ball.
Disengage Race - Trot forwards, half way
partial disengage to walk. Walk to end. Hind Quarter
Yield around end. Trot forwards, two thirds along partial
disengage to walk. Walk to end.
Sideways Race - Go sideways pointing to
the left, halfway along, turn on forehand, trot, turn around at end,
trot halfway along, turn on the hindquarters, sideways pointing to
the right until finish.
Apple and Spoon Race - Ride/lead to end,
collect apple on spoon, ride/lead back put apple in bucket of water,
ask horse to remove apple from bucket. If it's eaten in the
bucket that's also accepted.
Most Accurate - Who can put their horse's
hind right hoof in the hula-hoop fastest?
Hula-Hoop - Ride/lead to end circling a
hula-hoop around your waist, remove hula-hoop and rolling the
hula-hoop return. This would be impressive to watch if
Jump Race - Ride/lead jump the jump in
way. Turn around jump back. At end pick up horses front
left leg with horse standing calmly.
Bending Cone Race - Bend backwards
(ridden/porcupine or driving requesting front or hind to change
direction) then when you reach the end bend forwards through the
Musical Cones - Ridden/lead - When the
music stops backup to cone. The one without a cone is out.
Each time cone will be taken and the one with the cone at the end