Feilding Herald : January 19th 2012
34 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012 NEWS For further details or to register your event, contact the Feilding & District Information Centre at 10 Manchester Square, Feilding, Ph 323 3318 or email email@example.com Deadline 12 noon Friday EVERYDAY Feilding Lions Club 18 Hole Mini Golf 10am -- 6pm. Church St. Adult $4, Student/Child $2. Ph 021 426 236 Handmade 10am -- 4pm. Feilding & District Art Centre, 35 Kimbolton Rd. Ph 323 2323 Closed Mondays, Sunday 1pm -- 4pm FRIDAY JANUARY 20 Vintage Car Club Cars on Display 11am -- 3pm. Manchester Square. Ph 323 3318 Farmers Market 9am -- 2pm. Manchester Square. Ph 323 3318 Nick Mason of Pink Floyd & VIP Rally Guests have lunch, cooked by Hester Guy, at The Farmers Market, Manchester Square. Ph 323 3318 Seniors Manchester House weekly van trips. Ph 323 2410 Seniors Exercise Programme 1pm -- 3pm. Seniors Centre, $4. Ph 323 2410 Johnston Park Bowls. Johnston Park, Ph 323 5259 or 323 7602 SATURDAY JANUARY 21 VCC Rally 2012 Manfeild 'Pomery' Event 9am -- 4pm Manfeild, South St. Entry $10, 12 & under free. Ph 021 126 7225 History on the Move -- Coach House Horse Drawn Era Museum Street Parade from 11.30am. Manchester Square to South St. Ph 328 8868 Settlers Day 10am -- 2pm. Manchester Square. Fun for all the family. Free. Ph 323 4622 Feilding Country Line Dancers 7th Birthday Hoedown 2pm -- 9pm. St Johns Church Hall, Theme: Pyjama Par ty. Ph 323 3829 Johnston Park Bowls. Johnston Park, Ph 323 5259 or 323 7602 Croquet Club 9.15am & 12.45pm. Croquet Courts, Ph 324 0635 Cheltenham Rifle Club 1pm. Rifle Range, 500 metres from Cheltenham Hotel on Cheltenham Hunterville Rd, Hwy 54. Ph 356 1073 SUNDAY JANUARY 22 Victoria Motorcycle Club Day 9am. Manfeild, South St. Ph0212475865 Feilding Country Music Club 1pm. Senior Centre, 14 Bowen St. Ph 323 6636 Every 4th Sun MONDAY JANUARY 23 Manawatu Family Fireworks Spectacular Gates open 6pm. Manfeild, Kawakawa Rd or South St. Adult $10, Child Intermediate & Under $5, Family Pass (2 Adults, 4 Children) pre-purchase $25 (Feilding Information Centre), $30 at the gate. Under 5, free. Ph 323 3318 Feilding Country Line Dancers Easy int 6pm -- 7pm, Int/Adv 7pm -- 8.30pm. Knox Church Hall, Cnr Kimbolton Rd & North St. Ph 323 3829 Amitabha Buddhist Centre Meditation 7pm -- 8.30pm. Community House, 131 Manchester St. Ph 021 727 503 TUESDAY JANUARY 24 Vintage Car Club Cars on Display 11am -- 3pm. Manchester Square. Ph 323 3318 Seniors Activity Coffee Mornings 10am -- 12noon. Seniors Centre, Bowen St. Ph 323 2410 Seniors Exercise Programme 1pm -- 3pm. Seniors Centre, Bowen St. Ph 323 2410 Makino Magic Toastmasters Club. 7pm. Cedar Room, Civic Centre, Aorangi St. Ph 328 4868 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25 Dairy Event 8am -- 9pm. Manfeild Stadium, South St. Ph 326 7137 or 021 459 715 Vintage Car Club Cars on Display 11am -- 3pm. Manchester Square. Ph 323 3318 Johnston Park Bowls. Johnston Park, Ph 323 5259 or 323 7602 Croquet Club 9.15am. Croquet Courts, Ph 324 0635 Seniors Activity Coffee Mornings 10am -- 12noon. Seniors Centre, Bowen St. Ph 323 2410 Feilding Country Line Dancers Int/ Adv 6pm -- 8.30pm. Knox Church Hall, Cnr Kimbolton Rd & North St. Ph 323 3829 THURSDAY JANUARY 26 Dairy Event 8am -- 9pm. Manfeild Stadium, South St. Ph 326 7137 or 021 459 715 Vintage Car Club Cars on Display 11am -- 3pm. Manchester Square. Ph 323 3318 Seniors Enter tainment Afternoon 1.30pm -- 3pm. Seniors Centre, Bowen St. Ph 323 2410 COMING EVENTS: FRIDAY JANUARY 27 Dairy Event 8am -- 9pm. Manfeild Stadium, South St. Ph 326 7137 or 021 459 715 Model T Ford Club of NZ 8.30am, Manchester Square Display. Ph 027 446 0621 SATURDAY JANUARY 28 Model T Ford Club of NZ 8.30am, Manchester Square Display. Ph 027 446 0621 Lions Club of Ashhurst Pohangina Smallholders Auction 6am -- 4pm. MacDonald's Farm. 682 Pohangina Rd, Ashhurst. Ph 326 9709 D K Crew Relay for Life Fundraiser Evening 7pm, Drovers Bar & 4307683AB Listen to me: Legendary horse trainer and real-life horse whisperer, Buck Brannaman, at a recent clinic held in New Zealand. He features in just-released movie Buck. Whispers of an Oscar for horseman doco No-one can talk to a horse, of course -- unless they're Buck Brannaman, writes James Croot . ' Horsemanship kind of found me, to be honest. I just wanted to be able to ride, and as I got more and more experience, friends roped me into teaching them as well. ' Buck Brannaman Despite providing partial inspiration for Nicholas Evans' book and work- ing on the film of the same name, Buck Brannaman doesn't consider himself a horse whisperer. It's not that I take offence that people use it. It's just that I reckon I'd lose a lot of friends around Wyoming if I started to promote myself as that,'' says the affable 49-year-old. What is true is that horses have always been a part of Brannaman's life. A trick- roping prodigy as a child, he became involved in training horses from the age of 12 and, inspired by natural horsemanship guru Ray Hunt, has spent the past three decades spreading that gospel via clinics in the United States and other horse-loving areas such as Australasia. Currently on his fourth visit to our shores, Brannaman admits he found solace from a tough childhood in horses, and learned to look at situations from their per- spective. Horsemanship kind of found me, to be honest. I just wanted to be able to ride, and as I got more and more experience, friends roped me into teaching them as well.'' Painfully shy, Brannaman says it bothered him to have to get up and talk in front of people. But that's actually what made me decide todo afewjusttobeatthatdemon -- and30 years later . . .'' He now spends up to 10 months of the year on the road offering advice to riders and owners of all abilities about their equine charges and how best to establish and maintain their relationship with them. I don't have a set script, but I use a lot of techniques influenced by the vaquero style of horsemanship.'' His clinics are always over-subscribed in New Zealand. To Brannaman's delight, much has changed in people's approach to horseman- ship since he started out. Back in the day, Ray Hunt was the only one helping people realise you didn't have to approach it like a gladiator, making the horse miserable. Now, his way is the stan- dard by which everything is judged.'' Believing every horse is an individual, Brannaman says their ability to learn varies as much as a human being. But rather than spending a lot of time judging the horse, you need to be able to adjust to the situation. However, it is true that some horses are more athletic than others. They say you can't judge a book by its cover -- the hell you can, if you read a lot of books.'' Having said that, Brannaman is convinced that to discover something special in a horse, you have to spend a lot of time riding it. Horsemanship isn't something you can dabble in. You have to approach it with the same devotion as an artist.'' For those looking at buying a horse for someone young or inexperienced, Branna- man warns against the idea of buying a colt so both rider and horse can learn together''. It never works. You want one that has a lot of experience, something safe that can fill in the gaps for you. A well-educated horse is going to seem expensive, but a good horse is worth every penny.'' He says probably the most difficult horse he has encountered, the appropriately- named Biff, is now sitting on his 1200-acre ranch in Sheridan, Wyoming. He's just retired after 30 years and he taught me more than a couple of thousand horses. I knew he would be a panther to work with and had a student brought him in, I would have told them to forget about him -- he was extremely dangerous.'' Because he was already well-established in his career, the publishing of The Horse Whisperer in 1995 by Nicholas Evans, who claims the main character was inspired by Brannaman, and the release of Robert Red- ford's film three years later, didn't do much for business. I did enjoy working with Redford [Bran- naman was the film's equine consultant and Redford's double], and if you're going to start out in the movies, why not go with the best?'' He says quite a few people had approached him about making a documen- tary of his life and work before he eventu- ally relented in 2008. I'd always said, go ahead -- just leave me out of it.' But I knew Cindy [Meehl] and she kept saying there were so many things in my clinics that were life lessons and that it was important that my story got out there. She happened to catch me on a good day.'' Although used to cameras from his work on The Horse Whisperer, Brannaman had one condition before they started. I told her, I'm not going to do anything again or be an actor. You just have to be a fly on the fencepost and work out how to best capture the moments.' I wanted to be loyal to the people who had brought me to the dance, so I wasn't going to compromise my clinics just for the sake of the film.'' The result of Meehl shadowing Branna- man for 21G2 years was Buck, a critically- acclaimed film which packed out sessions at the New Zealand International Film festi- val last year, and could yet land an Oscar at next month's Academy Awards. Brannaman himself is delighted with the film. She made it pretty.''
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