NEGS Equestrian was very pleased to see Narrabri Pony Club members riding in the Anzac Day march. Club captains, India and Laura with fellow members, Molly and Sahvanah.
Check out high performance squad rider, Jaimie McElroy cruising around her first 2* at Camden with HH Hawke!
Over The Top is heading up the highway to deliver some jumps to one very lucky customer! If you would like to order any equipment, please get in touch with Karl on 0413 767 865. He makes cross country jumps, show jumps, stables, yards plus much more!
NEGS is lucky enough to have fantastic equipment from OTT, so please call in and check it out!
On the weekend of the 6 th and 7 th at Quirindi Polocrosse carnival the girls once again showed off their incredible skills on the field. The teams were:
NEGS 1: Jessie Ross (1), Gemma Stuart (2), Josie Wilson (3), Olivia Adams (1), Abby Finlayson (2), Sophie Wells (3)
NEGS 2: Maddy Teague (1), Grace Brown (2), Laura Frear (3), Heather Adams (1), Akasha Beresford (2), Torie Fielder (3)
NEGS 1 won their first game in A-B Womens division, bumping them up into the A grade competition! The A grade competition was very tough, with the girls coming up against some of Australia’s best polocrosse women. Unfortunately they lost the rest of their games – although the girls deserve a lot of praise considering two of the team are still junior players!
NEGS 2 showed their women’s division how good they can be! They won all games, with Heather being awarded ‘Best Number 1’, Akasha ‘Best Number 2’ and Laura ‘Best Number 3’ for their division.
Well done girls, you make us all proud.
Year 9 and 10 students had a brilliant day at Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association & “Thoroughbred Explore” day last week.
The day was action packed and included workshops, demonstrations, tours and simulations!
The day began observing the Australian National Title Farrier and Blacksmiths competition. The girls got to see how shoes are made, including heart bare shoes, egg bare shoes and sliders. They even met master farrier,James, who kindly explained the reasons why each of these shoes are used.
Next, they participated in a workshop by Horsesanity. This proved to be a very interesting and challenging exercise for the girls. They were in two different teams and had to guide a horse through many different obstacles without using any language or touch. The exercise aimed to promote leadership, self-awareness, team work, communication and mindfulness.
The girls then had front row seats to grand prix dressage rider and thoroughbred re-trainer, Scott Brodie. He is employed by the NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust and rehomes over 100 horses every year.
Scott gave the girls a step by step demonstration of how he retrains off the track thoroughbreds. The experience was very beneficial to all the girls.
Next up was a tour through the HTBA education tent. The girls were given an insight into the racing industry and different career paths in it. They met Holly Lewis, who works full time riding track work in Sydney and competes at upper level dressage. She shared her experiences of the industry and explained how she balances two very different but demanding riding styles.
She also explained the importance of feeding horses properly, regardless of discipline and why quality feeds are a must.
The girls then all had the chance to ride the racehorse simulator to experience the feel jockeys have.
The strength and balance that was required was clearly demonstrated in this exercise. They then learnt how thoroughbreds are named according to their pedigree and entered three names in a competition.
After a quick lunch, they were off to leading thoroughbred stud, Godolphin. Godolphin is owned by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and has studs located in many different countries.
The girls were very fortunate to have a private tour of the stallion section of the stud. The entire breeding procedure was explained to them which proved to be a very big operation. They learnt both the practical and logistical side to breeding thoroughbreds with over 18 Stallions standing at Stud.
Godolphin was very kind to allow the girls to meet 8 of their stallions.
All in all, the girls had a brilliant excursion that gave them insights into many different areas of the equine industry. We are looking forward to doing more excursions like this one in the near future.