- Don't change your routine in the fortnight before the competition (ideally this should be month, but hey). This includes the day before and the day of the competition. It also includes when you are actually on the horse in front of the judge.
Friday, 31 March 2017
Part Four: advice for vaulters
Part Three: What to be aware of if you are a friend, family member or other supporter of a vaulter
- It's a competition. It's nerve-wracking. Please don't add to the nerves of your vaulter - especially if they are very young - by adding either your own hopes and expectations or your own nerves about seeing them flinging themselves around on a horse.
- Don't use flash
photography. Some horses are fine with it, but some aren't, and
generally there are better times to discover this than when there's
someone standing on their back.
Contrary to popular belief, not a real horse.
- Do not get up and start moving around or try to enter/exit the competition arena whilst people are doing a routine. It's distracting for them, the horse, the lunger and the judges. It's rude and can be dangerous.
- Clap for everyone.
Part Two: Things to consider in the days before your first vaulting competition
- This list assumes that you have a routine, music and a costume. If you don't then you probably shouldn't do the competition.
- There is a special place in hell reserved for people who do not label their CD (the CD itself!) clearly. Somehow playing the right music at vaulting competitions seems hard enough anyway, so put your name, club and class on your CD as well as a CD case.
Tomorrow we have our first vaulting competition of the season. It's 'at home' for us which is pretty good - it means we don't have to travel far, we don't have to load the horses, we know where everything is and where it will be, and we have an opportunity to raise a bit of cash for the club. On the other hand there's still lots to organise for our coaches and parents!
For quite a few of our vaulters, this is their first competition. Vaulting competitions are really odd if you're only used to 'normal' horse shows, so here is a rough and ready guide to vaulters, parents and spectators for their first event!
|Cambridge vaulters at a competition in September 2016.|
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Sunday, 19 March 2017
At the moment I'm not up to writing much and I'm not feeling particularly imaginative, so I'm wimping out as a blogger and going for some 'pastiche'-type stuff. Here's the first - an A-to-Z. Who doesn't love a classic A-to-Z? This one is RDA-themed, because I've spent so much time working on RDA committees recently that I can't think of anything else!
B is for Bay. RDA isn't just about riding - you also learn your horse theory and stable management skills, including all about different horsey colours.
|Boysie reminding me that he likes apples.|
Saturday, 11 March 2017
Amidst all the negativity that builds up between disabled people and the various layers of government, here is one small story which is only partly bad, and is therefore worth sharing!
Monday, 6 March 2017
I'm sure every wheelchair user has heard this question at least once: “Do you know my friend, x? He’s in a wheelchair too.”
Sunday, 5 March 2017
Just a quick update because I'm very, very tired!