Less experienced riders were led through the competition course

A great first day at camp

Sandie talking to one of the mounted riders
Sandie having a word with one of the riders. Rosie (the chestnut) seems very interested either in what Sandie is saying, or in the pup, Lolly, in her arms. Photo © Irma Havlicek
It was a perfect day – sunny, mild and without wind – at HorsePower Riding Academy for the first day of the September school holidays three-day camp.

Riders arrived early, and were mounted and in the arena at 10am, where they got acquainted with their ponies and horses, and rode until lunch time.

Sandie giving an introductory talk to the camp riders
At 9.30am, Sandie Gleeson, who runs HorsePower Riding Academy, gives an introductory talk to the camp riders before they have their first ride. Photo © Irma Havlicek

After lunch there were horse-related game activities, and then an early afternoon ride in one of the paddocks where riders could ride and also jump if they wished to do so.

Children on horses and ponies in a paddock
After a morning ride in the arena and then an after-lunch ride. Sandie, at left, makes sure everyone is set for the next ride. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Sandie Gleeson with her pup, Lolly
Sandie Gleeson with her pup, Lolly. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Arabella enjoys chocolate cake after the first day's riding.
Arabella enjoys chocolate cake after the first day’s riding. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Two happy riders give the HPRA camp the thumbs up
Two happy riders give the HPRA camp the thumbs up! Photo © Irma Havlicek

Next camps in the summer holidays

The last September/October school holiday camp is now under way. Horses, safety helmets, accommodation and all food is included. Drop-off at 9.30am; pick-up at 4pm. Details about the summer holiday camps will be on the website closer to the time.

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