Jordan and Keely McGrath, Sophie Wells, Billy and Scott Keogh and Anthony Wells at a horsemanship clinic at the Warwick Polocrosse Club grounds.
Jordan and Keely McGrath, Sophie Wells, Billy and Scott Keogh and Anthony Wells at a horsemanship clinic at the Warwick Polocrosse Club grounds. Gerard Walsh

Skill with horses passed to young

POLOCROSSE: Seven years experience with horses in America is being put to good use by Scott Keogh who ran his third horsemanship clinic for polocrosse players at Morgan Park at the weekend.

Keogh has already conducted two clinics this month for polocrosse players at the Gold Coast.

The weekend clinic was for members of the Warwick club.

Keogh played polocrosse for Warwick club and represented Queensland as a junior before launching into a career as a saddle bronc rider.

He proved to be one of the best on the circuit during seven years of competition in the United States and believes, regardless of what sport it is, position on the horse is all-important.

"I learnt a lot of structure and the mechanics of a horses in America," he said.

Even though he has released a DVD on riding which has sold well, Keogh insists his clinics are just a sideline.

"My main work is breaking in horses," Keogh said.

"Every rider has the same goals and problems, you want a horse to be light and responsive".

The clinic was not just for the juniors, Australian Test open players Cameron Shepherd, Paul McGrath and Kent Wells, and Australian intermediate player Mark O'Leary were among the learners.

Wells said Keogh had a good program.

"He explains how to teach a horse to stop, turn around and handle pressure," Wells said.

"Scott told us speed control, an important part of our sport."



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