School's out but learning doesn't stop for young riders

Highbourne Equestrian, Eleanor Osborne
Highbourne Equestrian, Eleanor Osborne

SCHOOL may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean kids have to stop learning.

Champion event rider Eleanor Osborne will be passing on some horsey wisdom to children at a four-day horse riding camp held in Allora and Warwick this week.

Beginning on Wednesday, the camp will focus on dressage, show jumping and cross-country horse riding.

Ms Osborne said an intensive camp like this really allows kids from all different skill levels to develop their horsemanship in a fun and social environment.

"As far as the kids are concerned... it's a great chance to hang out with other kids and make new friends,” Ms Osborne said.

Local riders will get to meet other students coming from Pittsworth, Samford and the Sunshine Coast.

The riders will work individually or in small groups, but not all the work is done in the saddle.

Ms Osborne will be teaching horse ethology, which is the study of how horses behave in nature.

She said it is important for riders to understand how horses behave without human riders on their backs.

"It's about getting the kids to think a little more like trainers, rather than treating their horses like motorbikes,” she said.

Participants also get to camp on Ms Osborne's beautiful Allora property, Highbourne for a total camp experience.

"We have movie nights and go out to the pub for dinner,” she said.

The camp is full, but Ms Osborne said there will be another eventing camp held by Warwick Horse Trials from Jan 12-14.

Topics:  cross country riding highbourne equestrian horse riding morgan park warwick horse trials

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