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PR E PA R ATORY S C HO OL Ready set trot Equestrian program up and trotting At the end of Term 3, ten students from Years 5 and 6 started the 10-week Ready Set Trot program at Zia Park in Gidgegannup. The response to this opportunity was overwhelming and we are excited about the possibility of more students being involved in 2018. Each Thursday afternoon, for ten weeks, the students jumped on the bus and travelled to Gidgegannup for two hours of instruction under the very experienced eye of Zia Park owner, Gail Simms, and her qualified staff. Lessons were tailored to suit students of all riding abilities, from complete beginners to the more experienced and confident. Ready Set Trot is a junior participation program for children with an interest in horses who don’t have a horse of their own. Ready Set Trot aims to introduce young people to horses and provide them with a better understanding of horsemanship in a fun and exciting way – regardless if they have access to a horse or not. Ready Set Trot teaches 34 the fundamentals of horsemanship, introduces young people to the many various areas of the horse industry and aims to instill in them a lifelong passion for horses. At Zia Park students are given the opportunity to experience a wide variety of exciting equestrian disciplines including dressage, show jumping, cross country, mounted games, vaulting, polocrosse and trail riding. In addition, they also learn the many different aspects of horse care. Ready Set Trot will be offered in the Preparatory School as a summer or winter sports option next year and the aim is for an equestrian program in the Senior School to also be developed for 2018. Mrs Sue Anderson Year 6 Teacher