CLASS ACT: A horse riding clinic was held at the weekend, with German instructor Tanja Mitton coaching riders.
CLASS ACT: A horse riding clinic was held at the weekend, with German instructor Tanja Mitton coaching riders. Amy Kadel

Riders undergo training clinic

HORSE RIDING: A special horse riding clinic was held at the weekend, with riders from the Granite Belt taking part to brush up on their skills.

The two-day clinic was held by horse riding teacher Sandy Palmer from her home, with German instructor Tanja Mitton visiting to run the classes.

Mitton is a professional rider, National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and neuro-linguistic programming coach, and has competed in Germany, Egland and Australia.

She has also been the mindset coach of Australian High Performance Dressage and Parasquad.

Palmer said the clinic helped the riders focus on their mindset.

"The clinic is all about your mindset and confidence,” she said.

"It's not only with horses, it's sort of with life in general, just changing your negatives to positive.”

Palmer said it was great to have Mitton visit for the clinic.

"It's been very exciting to have her here and everyone's been getting so much out of it,” she said.

Participants learnt a range of skills over the weekend, including how riders affect the horse.

"The main thing I think is how the rider affects the horse, it's really opened everybody's eyes more than we had ever realised,” Palmer said.

"That includes your thinking process as well, where your thoughts are, whether they're positive or a little bit negative if you're not very confident and just watching when she's giving a lesson and just seeing the way the horses change.”

Sandy Palmer holds regular horse riding classes from her home. For more information phone Sandy's Avanti Horse Riding Coaching on 0418937723 or visit the Facebook page.

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