Spirit of adventure challenged in musical flag ride

INSPIRED by great tales of adventure, the Gloucester branch of the Australian Stock Horse Society took on the challenge of learning the art of the spectacular musical flag ride on Sunday. 

Instructor Bruce Moxey trekked to Gloucester armed with a swag of inspiring stories.

Bruce told of his passion for the sport and the thrill of entertaining amazed audiences.  

From performing at the Sydney Olympics to opening the Dungog Film Festival, Sydney Show and Newcastle Show, Bruce hoped to inspire the local riders of Gloucester to participate in this special kind of entertainment.  

To participate in the ride you must have a quiet and controllable horse, a good sense of humour and a good attitude to team work as well as be able to ride one handed. The rest is just practice.  

Riders started the day on foot, walking the routine.  

They then took the horses through the routine. From there it was on to the 3m poles with no flags and just before lunch the riders braved the poles and the flags.  

A big challenge for the horses is the flapping motion and sound that can happen when riding with the flags.  

The horses performed beautifully with all mounts comfortable with the flags by day’s end. 

For more information on how you can become involved in either the Gloucester musical flag team or the local stock horse branch please call Tina on 6558 1866 or Melissa on 0414 497 310.

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