Trainer Angie Wicks working with an “off the track” horse at Nanango last weekend (Photo: Melanie Doheny)

June 2, 2023

Riders came to Nanango last weekend from all over SE Queensland for a weekend of learning and connecting with horses, campfires and new friendships at the Nanango Equestrian Centre.

The weekend at the Nanango Equestrian Centre was attended mainly by those with “off the track” horses, ie. retired racing thoroughbreds,  and was made possible by a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission grant.

On Saturday morning, equine trainer Angie Wicks shared insights into the horses’ psychology.

There was some on-the-ground learning with participants refining techniques of ground work with their horses.

Riders then took that knowledge into the ridden sessions, helping with softness and connection with their horses.

A club spokesperson said everyone was very enthusiastic about the clinic and keen to have more off-the-track clinics to support retired racehorses transitioning to their new careers.

Members of the club would like to thank Queensland Racing Integrity Commission for the funding to support this clinic and Angie for her enthusiasm for off-the-track horses.

The next show by the South Burnett Western Performance Club is on Sunday, June 4, starting at 9:00am at the Nanango Equestrian Centre in Racecourse Road.

Every show at the SBWPC has off-the-track classes to encourage new opportunities for thoroughbred or standard bred horses “bred to race”.

Angie Wicks shared her experience with participants at the weekend (Photo: Melanie Doheny)
Participants at the weekend course had the opportunity to put their new skills into action (Photo: Melanie Doheny)

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