October 2018 school holiday camps

October 2018 holiday camps

HPRA is offering two three-day camps in the October 2018 school holidays.

Grace is happy riding Snowy. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Tuesday to Thursday, 2 – 4 October;
Tuesday to Thursday, 9 – 11 October.

The cost for the three-day camp is $300.
The cost is $120 per day for these camps.
All are subject to availability.

Drop-off is at 9.30am; pick-up at 4pm.

Horses, safety helmets, accommodation and all food is included.

Bookings are essential, and places are limited. Please text Sandie on 0404 868 846 if you would like to book or discuss the school camps. Or you can email horsepowerriding@bigpond.com.

There will be riding lessons on the Saturdays during the holidays.

In the amazing photo at the top of this page, a hurl of flour looks like a horse head ghost in mid-air – magic! HorsePower holiday camps build friendships, and give the kids memories to last a lifetime, as you can see from the following photos:

Sandie supervises arena activities
Sandie supervises arena activities and makes them fun. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Sharla, smiling and wearing pink novelty glasses, rides Ace
Sharla, riding Ace, wearing her sunny smile and wild specs. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Heading down the driveway for the morning's riding in the arena
Robbie riding Demi, heading down the driveway for the morning’s session in the arena. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Mini double-dinking two riders
Mini double-dinking two riders. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Yoko riding her pony on the last day
Yoko’s pony, Bailey, is a princess – see the tiara? The children paint and decorate their ponies on the last day. Most children who attend HPRA camps ride HPRA ponies but you can also bring your own pony. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Heading up the driveway after a riding session
Heading up the driveway after a riding session. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Sandie supervising a group session on the last day.
Sandie provides activities that develop the confidence of her young riders. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Standing on the horses' backs encourages trust and confidence in both riders and horses
Standing on the horses’ backs encourages trust and confidence in both riders and horses. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Yoko riding Bailey home
Yoko riding her pony, Bailey home. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Yoko riding her pony, Bailey
Yoko riding Bailey. Photo © Irma Havlicek

Flour fights on the final day of camp (and in summer, water fights as well) have become part of the ritual at HorsePower Riding Academy holiday camps. Here are some photos showing the fun.

Chelsea in her HPRA top as the flour fight preparations begin
Chelsea in her HPRA top as the flour fight preparations begin. Photo © Irma Havlicek
The HPRA final day flour fight is always huge fun
Here, Sharla (left) and Lainey enjoy the fun. Photo © Irma Havlicek
HorsePower kids enjoying the flour fight on the last day
From left in the background, Theo, Maddison and Keira, and Robbie in the foreground, getting into the fun spirit of the flour fight. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Enjoying the flour fight
Mary enjoying the flour fight.
Flour fight fun
Flour fight fun. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Flour fight fun
More flour fight fun. Photo © Irma Havlicek
The children play, preparing for bed at an HPRA camp
There is plenty of play and a lot of laughter at HPRA camps – day and night. Photo © Sandie Gleeson
The kids ham it up for a group photo
The kids ham it up for a group photo. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Young riders heading up the driveway after the day's riding.
In the foreground, Grace leads Charlie, riding Snowy (left), with Theo, riding Popcorn (right), heading up the driveway after the day’s riding. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Heading home through the bush after a day's riding
Heading home through the bush after a day’s riding. Photo © Irma Havlicek

2018 July holiday riding camps

July holiday camps

HPRA is offering two three-day camps in the July 2018 school holidays.

Monday to Wednesday, 9 – 11 July;
Monday to Wednesday, 16 – 8 July.

The cost for the three-day camp is $300.
The cost is $120 per day for these camps.
All are subject to availability.

Drop-off is at 9.30am; pick-up at 4pm.

Horses, safety helmets, accommodation and all food is included.

Bookings are essential, and places are limited. Please text Sandie on 0404 868 846 if you would like to book or discuss the school camps. Or you can email horsepowerriding@bigpond.com.

Two happy HPRA camp riders on their lovely ponies
Two happy HPRA camp riders on their lovely ponies.

Fantastic 2018 HPRA riding camps

These photos give you some idea of how much fun riders had at the 2018 HorsePower summer camps as well as developing their confidence and their riding.

A young rider pats a pony
A lovely moment between pony and rider.
HPRA riders heading out of the property
HPRA riders heading out
Riding through the nearby bush
Riding through the nearby bush.
An end-of-camp flour fight in the arena is enjoyed by the HPRA riders
An end-of-camp flour fight is enjoyed by the HPRA riders.
Camp participants enjoy a water fight in the arena
An end-of-camp water fight is fun in the summer sun.

Kenneth Butler – Equine Chiropractor

Kenneth Butler, equine chiropractor
Kenneth Butler, equine chiropractor. © Irma Havlicek
Just as humans benefit from treatment by a specialist if they have mobility restrictions or pain, so too, horses can benefit from chiropractic treatment: manipulation of the neck, lumbar spine, pelvis, hips and legs to take pressure off joints and relieve soreness and stiffness.

Kenneth Butler has been an equine chiropractor for 35 years. He treats Sandie’s horses at HorsePower Riding Academy as well as agisted horses there and many other horses, including racehorses, if they develop problems in movement or flexibility or exhibit signs of pain. It is his years of training and experience that enables him to treat equine mobility issues with such success. He has extensive knowledge of equine anatomy and medical issues that chiropractic treatments may or may not help. Please don’t try to copy anything you see Ken doing in the photos here. To do so without appropriate training and experience could cause injury to the horse and also to yourself.

Ken Butler feeling a horse's neck to try to determine the problem.
Ken Butler feeling a horse’s neck to try to determine the problem. © Irma Havlicek

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HorsePower gift certificates – a great Christmas gift idea

The perfect gift for the horse lover

HPRA gift certificateYou can purchase a HorsePower Riding Academy gift certificate* for anything from a single riding lesson to a group of lessons (half hour or hour, individual or group), a school holiday camp, horse-themed party or event.

Check the prices in Hours and charges and then contact Sandie Gleeson by texting her on 0404 868 846, and she can tailor an HPRA gift certificate to suit your needs and budget.

A rider takes a jump on Rosie the thoroughbred
A rider takes a jump on Rosie the thoroughbred

*Gift certificates are non-refundable and expire after six months.

Horse clipping by Lehan Britten at HPRA

A shot of the clipping from the front
A shot of the clipping from the front. © Irma Havlicek.
In preparation for an upcoming show, a yearling agisted at HorsePower Riding Academy was clipped by equine clipping and presentation specialist, Lehan Britten.

Lehan’s work includes equine body clipping, show clipping, mane and tail plaiting, and mane-pulling.

Louise Bransby holds Puppet while Lehan Britten is clipping her
Louise Bransby holds Puppet while Lehan is clipping her. © Irma Havlicek

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HPRA riders and ponies off to Morrisett for camp

Abbie hugging Ace after washing and grooming him
Abbie hugging Ace after washing and grooming him. © Irma Havlicek
HorsePower Riding Academy was abuzz with excitement and activity this morning as riders arrived to ready their ponies for a two-day (and two-night) camp at Morrisset.

Ponies were washed, brushed, plaited and painted to make them beautiful for the show and camp.

Jaffa is in pony-bliss-heaven as he kisses his girl, Holly
Jaffa is in pony-bliss-heaven as he kisses his girl, Holly. © Irma Havlicek

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