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Christmas Gymkhana Play Day, Sunday 17th December, 2006

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1:00 to 4:00pm
Shuttleworth Equitation Centre

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Fiona will be organising the Christmas Play Day again this year.  Fiona says:

It will be much the same as the last two years; I've had a lapse in my imagination.  This year has flown by and nearly gone.  The main difference this year is that, hopefully, Jayne Lavender will be there to help me judge and organise the races.

Please give me a warning if you wish to bring a horse, just so I can judge numbers.  It doesn't matter if you turn up unannounced but you may have to go without chocolate!

There are a few races and, depending on number of horses, a few heats.  The races can be either ridden or in hand.  Fancy dress is optional but there will be a prize to the best dressed horse and rider.  Please can you let me know if you're intending to bring 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. 

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.

  • Sideways Race - Go sideways pointing to the right, halfway along, turn on forehand, trot, turn around at end, trot halfway along, turn on the hindquarters, sideways pointing to the right until finish.

  • Disengage Race - Trot forwards, half way partial disengage to walk. Walk to end. Hind Quarter Yield around end. Trot forwards, half way along partial disengage to walk. Walk to end.

  • Yo-yo Race - Backup to end and canter forwards. If ridden - no reins! There will be a raised pole in the way, which you'll need to go over.

  • Jump Race - Ride/lead jump the jump in way to end. Turn around jump back. At end pick up horses front right leg with horse standing calmly.

  • Bag Race - Ride/lead to the other end, collect a bag, ride/lead back with bag in the air. More points are awarded the more the bag is moved.

  • 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. Bonus points if it's your horse that kicks or nudges the ball!

  • 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 left hoof in the hula-hoop fastest? Then straddle the pole with pole down the centre of their body, so separating left and right.

  • 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 anyone's riding!

  • 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 cones.

  • Falling Leaf - Your horse weaves in and out of the objects, but you stay on the same path.

  • Simon Says - You have to do what Simon says & if he doesn't say & you do or you can't do what Simon says then you are out! Simon being ME!

If you have any other ideas you are more than welcome to let me know.