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Events Calendar


This page features a list of our up and coming events, lessons, clinics, camps, competitions etc as currently scheduled for the next few months. Keep an eye on this page as new events are being added all the time!
For further details about what is involved in our lessons, clinics and camps please also refer to our Rider Coaching page and the Clinics & Camps page.

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> OCTOBER 2018


> ANNUAL "SPRING INTO ACTION" 2 DAY CLINIC & CAMP
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October 2017. (Labour Weekend)

Jumping & Flatwork Lessons with Greg and Diana Jamieson.

NOTE: This was going to be a 3 day clinic, due to labour weekend we have now made it 2 days only, Saturday and Sunday.

Our annual Spring Clinic and Camp is a fantastic opportunity to help kick-start your training, riding and motivation ready for the coming summer season.
Jumping Lessons (from beginner groups to advanced high level competitors) and Flatwork Lessons are available. All ages and levels welcome!
Most of our general clinics like this have about half adults and half young riders attend, riders are all grouped into similar age and level for group lessons of 2 - 6 riders at a time.

Our popular multi-day clinics offer progressive lessons in your chosen lesson type - choose from a 2 day course in either Jumping or Flatwork or Flatwork Progressing To Jumping. By attending consecutive days in a row of lessons we will help you build up and gain knowledge, confidence, technique and understanding quietly and consistently, resulting in you putting it all together by the final day and completing a full jumping course or flatwork test with your new skills. The results from these multi-day clinics are extremely exciting to watch and rewarding to be a part of as it all comes together for the horses and riders at the end of their clinic.

Most people find doing 1 lesson per day is plenty but if you want to do extra lessons on a different course (eg you have booked for a 2 day Jumping course but would also like to do a single Flatwork lesson as well) please ask us first to check room and group suitability. Maximum 4 lessons total per combination.

Outside of your own lesson time you can also learn so much from watching other lessons and supporting your fellow riders, riding around our fun Derby/low level X-Country course (weather dependant), enjoy the gorgeous bush and river campsite setting, explore the surroundings and local activities such as bush walks and Rail Trail, and meet new like-minded people around the campsite.

Non-riding family and friends are welcome to join you onsite and make a fun camping holiday out of it. Fees are all listed on the info flyer and booking form below.

(Each of our general riding clinics such as this are booked on a "first in, first served" basis with limited numbers per clinic, early bookings are advised to avoid disappointment due to popularity!)

Chester Farm 2 Day Spring Riding Clinic October 2018
- Click to Download Spring Clinic Info Flyer & Lesson Details (PDF 920kb)
- Click to Download Spring Clinic Booking Form
(PDF 537kb)


> PRACTICAL HORSEMANSHIP GROUNDWORK LESSON DAYS
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October

Practical Horsemanship Groundwork Lesson Days with Diana Jamieson at Chester Farm. Come for one or both days.

- Are you frustrated with not having enough time in your day to be able to do anything productive with your horse or perhaps your horse has been out of work and you aren't sure how to get him safely ready to ride again?
- Is your horse stiff or resistant to ride on one side or the other, won't go forward, too flightly and too dull, lacks concentration or doesn't seem to understand/react to your rein and leg aids properly?
- Have you got a young horse (or older with a few tricks up their sleeve!) that you've been having some trouble handling or riding in certain situations?
- Are your kids ponies pushy and walking all over you or being problematic under saddle, but you don't know where to start to help out?
- Would you like to learn some simple effective skills to help you feel safer, more in control, more aware of what your horse is telling you and begin to develop a better communication, understanding and bond with your horse for improved everyday handling, riding and general performance?

These "Practical Horsemanship Groundwork" lesson days are suitable for all ages and levels horse and rider.
The "
Introductory Lessons" are ideal for absolute beginners new to groundwork/horsemanship or who have done a little bit either here or elsewhere, and for anyone who is struggling to get a good response / coordination / understanding / consistent success with our Chester Farm Level 1 foundation exercises. If you have attended groundwork lessons here at Chester Farm before you will most probably have our Level 1 exercise sheets already so will understand what I mean! (If you haven't been to our lessons before I suggest you do the Introductory lesson first unless you feel very confident with what you are doing because the Level 1 basics are all the VITAL foundation required to progress with all other more advanced exercises).

More Advanced / Level 2 Lessons are for people who already have good knowledge of the basic groundwork core essential skills meaning you can generally move your horse as, where and when asked, and for those who have been practising our Chester Farm Foundation Level 1 exercises for awhile now and ready to progress with some new exercises and challenges! Level 2 uses all the foundation skills you've learnt and applies them into fun and different exercises to test you and your horse some more.

Groundwork is not just something for beginners or low-level riders to do, it offers valuable exercises, understanding and tools for EVERY horse owner and rider whether you are just starting out through to advanced level experienced performers, vital skills for breeders handling young horses, assisting with problem horses etc etc. Groundwork helps your horse co-ordinate and understand how to use his body at the same time encouraging relaxation, while also doing the same for you and learning to recognise what your horse is thinking through his body language and movement. The exercises we do in these lessons seek the same engagement, softness, rhythm etc that we want from our horse when we ride so offer an obvious benefit and progression. (Note: no riding will be done during these particular lesson days however).

Do either a Saturday lesson only or stay the night and make further progress on Sunday to make a fun, informative weekend out of it! Social group dinner on Saturday night at local pub can also be organised if enough people interested.

All that is required is a good fitting rope halter for your horse/pony, a long training lead rope of approx 12ft is ideal (I recommend the Roma horsemanship training lead or similar that is reasonably thick and has some decent weight to it, a lunge rope is ok if it is all you have), and your positive attitude to enjoying a fun day out learning new things with your horse! If you have a horsemanship training stick or similar you want to bring also welcome.

Saturday 27th October: Introductory and More Advanced Group Lessons.
Sunday 28th October: Intro and More Advanced Group Lessons - progressing On from Day One with your same group (if you choose to do the two days lessons which is highly recommended for best results!).

COST:
Group Lesson: $75+GST for approx 2 - 2..5 hours.
Includes Ground Fee & Yard Fee.
Overnight Camping Fee (Saturday night): $15 per person.

Private or Semi-Private (2 people) Groundwork Lessons either day might be available depending on numbers attending, please enquire.

Any further queries please email Diana: info@chesterfarm.co.nz

Chester Farm Practical Horsemanship Groundwork Lessons:
- Click to download Practical Horsemanship Info Flyer
(PDF 820kb)
- Click to download Practical Horsemanship Lesson Booking Form
(PDF 527kb)


Bookings taken anytime in advance to confirm your place as numbers are limited. Payment to be made onine prior or on the day upon arrival.


> REGULAR LESSONS at Chester Farm.
Private or group lessons - Jumping, Flatwork or Practical Horsemanship lessons, are available anytime by appointment with either Greg or Diana. Please contact us to discuss.

 

 

> NOVEMBER 2018


> ADULT RIDER EMPOWERMENT CAMP at Chester Farm.
- 17th & 18th November 2018
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Objective: To support and encourage adult horse riders (age approx 21 and over) who show enthusiasm to advance their horse knowledge, management, safety and riding skills, incorporated with fun and interesting personal development discussions and exercises, to lead towards improved overall confidence with horses and some new concepts, skills and tools to take home with you for ongoing self empowerment both for yourself and your horse! Horses can help teach us so much about ourselves and this fantastic camp will give you an insight into this.

These very unique and intensive weekend Adult Rider Empowerment camps have been specially put together and developed by Chester Farm and are becoming very popular. Each Adult Camp is limited to a maximum of 12 riders and will include group lessons per day (horsemanship groundwork, flatwork and/or jumping) as well as fun unmounted group exercises, daily discussions on a variety of topics, plus a casual group dinner Saturday night at the local pub.

Super confidence building and personal discovery camp full of inspiration, new ideas, positive coaching and fun with horses. Ideal for adults looking to gain confidence with horses from all aspects, whether riding for pleasure and seeking to improve or working towards low level competitions and outings etc, and anyone keen to discover more about their relationship with their horse, spend a bit of quality ME time on yourself, and enjoy a FANTASTIC weekend in a positive, supportive environment with like-minded people.

Download the booking form below for full details and fees. All enquiries welcome.
Bookings for this special camp are taken on a first in first served basis.

Adult Rider Empowerment Camp November 2018
- Click to download Adult Rider Empowerment Camp Booking Form (PDF 65kb)


> REGULAR LESSONS at Chester Farm.
Private or group lessons - Jumping, Flatwork or Practical Horsemanship lessons, are available anytime by appointment with either Greg or Diana. Please contact us to discuss.

 

 

> DECEMBER 2018


> Clinics to be confirmed for 1st & 2nd December and/or 8th & 9th December. Stay tuned.


> REGULAR LESSONS at Chester Farm.
Private or group lessons - Jumping, Flatwork or Practical Horsemanship lessons, are available anytime by appointment with either Greg or Diana. Please contact us to discuss.

 

 

> JANUARY 2019


> ANNUAL "SUMMER STUNNER" 3 DAY CLINIC & CAMP
Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th January 2019 (Auckland anniversary weekend).

Jumping & Flatwork Lessons with Greg and Diana Jamieson.

Our annual 3 day Summer Clinic and Camp is a fantastic opportunity get some great coaching and quality time in with your horse while enjoying a fantastic summer camping holiday in our beautiful Maratoto Valley next to the river and native bush.

Jumping Lessons (from beginner groups to advanced competitors) and Flatwork Lessons available. All ages and levels welcome! Most of our general clinics like this have about half adults and half young riders attend, riders are all grouped into similar age and level for group lessons of 2 - 6 riders at a time.

This clinic and camp will consist of you being able to choose to do one or two lessons per combination per day
ensuring you make great progress over the 3 day clinic (max 4 lessons per combination, depending on numbers), while also allowing plenty of time for you to watch and learn from other lessons, have fun around our derby/xountry course, enjoy the gorgeous bush and river campsite setting, explore the surroundings and local activities such as bush walks and biking the Rail Trail, and meet new like-minded people.

Non-riding family and friends are welcome to join you onsite and make a fun camping holiday out of it. Fees are all listed on the info flyer and booking form below.

(Each of our general riding clinics such as this are booked on a "first in, first served" basis with limited numbers per clinic, early bookings are advised to avoid disappointment due to popularity!)

Chester Farm 3 Day Summer Stunner Riding Clinic
- Clinic Info Flyer & Booking forms coming shortly - watch this space.


> REGULAR LESSONS at Chester Farm.
Private or group lessons - Jumping, Flatwork or Practical Horsemanship lessons, are available anytime by appointment with either Greg or Diana. Please contact us to discuss.

 

 

Further events for 2018 will be added as we confirm them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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