Feilding Herald : February 2nd 2012
9 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 NEWS DISCOVER THE REAL CANADA! PHONE JAMIE AT FEILDING FLIGHT CENTRE (06) 323 3491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Feilding Flight Centre, Shop 3, 25 Manchester Square, Feilding *Terms & conditions apply. Prices are per person, t win sh are & subject to change without not ice. Canada Rockies Highlights Package: Based on 14t h July 2012 dep ar ture, Redleaf se r vice, category D cabin on cruise with Large Ocean View Staterooms. Calgary Stampede Package: Departs Calgary daily from 05 14 July 2012. Based on 4 star, standard room accommodation. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey Alaskas Inside Passage Cruise Lake Louise & Banff Sightseeing Glacier Summit Helicopter Tour Vancouver. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Celebrating the 100th centenary Western hospitality City-wide celebrations Afternoon rodeo Chuckwagon races Evening grandstand show Passage. INCLUDES: 2 day Rocky Mountaineer RedLeaf service, 7 nights Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise, 6 nights hotel accommodation, some meals, Glacier & Summit Helicopter tour, Ranch Visit & Banff Gondola ride. Departs July 14th 2012. INCLUDES: 3 nights accommodation, 2 day Calgary Transit Pass, admission to afternoon rodeo, evening chuckwagon races & grandstand show, 2 day admission to Stampede grounds & Canadian GST. Stampede runs from 5 - 14 July 2012. SAVE $225*pp 17 Days / 16 Nights now priced from $7,499* per person 4295537AA CANADA ROCKIES HIGHLIGHTS with Rocky Mountaineer & cruise from Vancouver CALGARY STAMPEDE 2012 100th year celebration package 2 Excl us ive to Excl us ive to F eil d i ngF eil d i ngF li g ht C e n tre F li g ht C e n tre Life lessons from daredevil horseman By MEGAN MILLER email@example.com .nz Stunt man: Joe Lumsden Photo: MEGAN MILLER Trust: Through the flames. Photo: FAIRFAX In a lifetime spent working with horses, Joe Lumsden has learned a few things. The 61-year-old Feilding resident spent 20 years riding the rodeo circuit in New Zealand and Australia before trading one dangerous career for another. He became a stunt rider and his work has been featured on screen from commercials and television shows to feature films. Lumsden now trains both horses and people in the dangerous trade and his Rough Riders Equestrian Stunt Team has travelled across New Zealand performing shows from Whangarei to Invercargill. In an interview with The Feilding Herald, Lumsden spoke about some of the tips and tricks he has picked up along the way. Lesson 1: Hard times can lead to good things. Lumsden got his introduction to stunt riding after a broken ankle suffered on the rodeo circuit left him sidelined in Australia. As he recovered, he passed the time watching stunt riders in training. ‘‘I hobbled out on my crutches and watched them practise,’’ Lumsden said. When he returned to New Zealand, he brought his newfound interest with him. Lesson 2: Learn to land gracefully. The first thing any new stunt rider should learn is how to tumble safely from a horse’s back. Falls happen. But when it happens in front of an audience, the show must go on. ‘‘We teach riders that if you’re able to stand up, wave to the crowd. They’ll think it’s part of the show.’’ Lesson 3: Keep calm and carry on. Rough Riders’ shows feature 40 minutes of fast-paced and dangerous acrobatics performed on galloping horses, Lumsden said. It’s always poss- ible that something could go wrong. ‘‘The day that you panic, you’re in trouble. You must have a clear head,’’ he said. Lesson 4: Everyone deserves a sec- ond chance. Lumsden prides himself on his ability to teach both tough guys and tough horses. ‘‘When I started I didn’t have any money, so the horses I had were the worst of the worst. And some of the boys I had were ratbags and not very good riders.’’ He’s had good luck helping some of his charges turn their lives around, Lumsden said. His favorite example is a horse named Killer, so-called because Killer once attacked and injured another horse so badly that it had to be put down. Under Lumsden’s training, Killer became one of the horses he features in Rough Riders shows. ‘‘Some of these problem horses, they’re very tough and very dominant. But to have a horse jump through fire and explosions – you do want a brave horse for that,’’ he said. Lesson 5: It’s all about trust. In one of Lumsden’s most famous mounted stunts, he and his horse leap through a ring of fire surrounded by exploding mortars. It’s a trick that once literally blew up in his face when an assistant set off the explosives a moment too soon. ‘‘To take a horse through a jump like that, he’s got to trust you and you’ve got to trust him. You’ve also got to trust the guy with his finger on the button.’’ Lumsden holds regular training sessions on stunt riding on Sundays at 1pm in Halcombe.
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