Tess and her rider take the jump with ease

A great three-day camp

The smile on this rider says she made a lovely partnership with the bay pony, Trixie
The smile on Keira says she made a lovely partnership with Trixie. © Irma Havlicek
Friday 30 September was the last day of the three-day camp held last week. In the morning, the camp attendees decorated their ponies with paint and by plaiting their manes. Then there was a morning gymkhana, with riders practising their skills by riding around different competition courses and trying to be fastest back to the starting point. Competitions were mostly two riders at a time, which meant ponies and riders could be matched for experience. For those who weren’t yet confident enough, they were either led with a lead rope or followed a more experienced rider. This enabled everyone to enjoy the gymkhana at their own level.

I will let the photographs describe how much enjoyment Sandie and the horses and ponies provided to all who attended.

Sandie, at right, giving instructions and advice as the competition is about to begin
Sandie, at right, giving instructions and advice as the competition is about to begin. © Irma Havlicek
Less experienced riders were led through the competition course
Less experienced riders didn’t miss out on the competition – but they were led through the course. © Irma Havlicek
Olivia and her horse, Flynn, looking alert for the gymkhana activities
Olivia and her horse, Flynn, looking alert for the gymkhana activities. © Irma Havlicek

The chestnut, Rosie, and her young rider.

Tess and her rider take the jump with ease
Tess and her rider take the jump with ease. © Irma Havlicek
Jaffa and his rider made a great team
Jaffa and his rider made a great team. © Irma Havlicek
Maddison riding Monte over a jump
Maddison riding Monte over a jump. © 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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