We run camps in the summer holidays with the aim of improving our riding and knowledge of pony and stable care and most of all having fun! All the ages given below are intended as guidelines – if you are unsure which camp your child would enjoy most please do call Juliet Case who will be happy to help.
For those who are on the lead rein or just off the lead and require some assistance aged between 4-7yrs (minimum reception year at school) who attend for two days and is non residential for ponies and jockeys. We do lots of riding with instructors as well as swimming and pony care. We aim to have everyone passed their E test.
For first ridden between the ages of 6-8yrs who are riding without assistance and are starting to jump with confidence they attend mini camp for three days and the ponies stay the night whilst the jockeys come in daily. We do lots of riding with instructors including taking our D+ test and learn about pony and stable care mucking out and tacking up our own ponies (with a little bit of help now and again!) as well as swimming.
We run a gymkhana on the last afternoon and a prize giving where all parents are welcome to watch.
For children aged between 8-11 years in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 at school. They should be confident jumping off the lead rein and in control in wide open spaces. It is advised that those younger children attending should have done 3 days at Mini camp prior to coming to Junior where they will have learned to muck out and care for their pony themselves and it is important that your ponies are fit as they work hard over camp.
Junior Camp is run over 4 days; usually during the first week of August depending on term dates. The ponies stay on site in temporary stabling whilst the children go home each night and arrive around 8.30am each morning ready for a fun filled day of riding and activities.
The children ride each morning and each afternoon usually for between 3-4 hours in total, so it is important that both pony and rider arrive at camp fit and healthy ready to go.
It is definitely the highlight of the year for all those budding equestrian enthusiasts –whether it is cross country or dressage the emphasis is always on fun, whilst learning new skills and adding to their knowledge about caring for their own ponies.
On the final day, there is a prize giving to which everyone is warmly invited to attend, with all children returning home exhausted, but with at least one rosette and many happy memories!
For children aged 11 and above – they must be in year 6 at school. The youngest members attending may if they wish go home at night rather than staying over at camp – please discuss with the camp organiser or Juliet Case if you would like to know more.
Senior camp is run over 5 days and nights at the beginning of the summer holidays with both ponies and children stay overnight for the duration. The children bring their own accommodation (a motley mixture of tents, caravans, horseboxes, trailers) and bedding. We cook breakfast for them, but for lunch and supper all parents of children attending senior camp are asked to help cook and bring in food on a rota system for the children and instructors (which is very gratefully received!).
The children take full responsibility for all pony care and do lots of riding every morning and afternoon – dressage, show jumping, XC and with a combined training competition run on the final day.
It is a long exhausting week so the evenings are very relaxed with activities such as games night, film night, BBQ, quiz night and even a dance competition!
All parents are welcome to attend prize giving on the final afternoon before taking their children home.
For the oldest members of our Pony Club we run the senior course (non residential). Please ask Juliet for more information if you think you would like to attend. Given limited attendance this year we are reviewing whether this will be run in 2016.