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Camp 2017

Camp took place on the 28th to 30th of April 2017 at Somerford park.

Riders from the north west riding clubs attended a fantastic weekend filled with lessons, farm rides, other activities and some great company. Everybody had a great time and went home with a sense of achievement and lots of new friends.


Friday night saw everybody arrive, some early to use the farm ride to help settle horses ready for lessons the next day, others later having a mad dash after work. A hotpot supper was enjoyed along with a talk from resident osteopath Judith Hassan. On offer were some discounted osteopath sessions for either horse or rider, and Judith took quite a few bookings for the weekend.


Dianne, as organiser, had very little sleep on Friday night – mostly as she could hear galloping hooves outside her tent. It took her a while to realise that these were the horses turned out in the field next to our camping field – not our campers’ horses running free!


Saturday saw an early start with campers meeting just after 7 am to feed the horses, help themselves to breakfast and start preparing for their first lessons. A slight hiccup with some very excited horses seeing jumps despite their lesson being flatwork was quickly sorted by rescheduling till later when the arena was quieter. Thanks to Sandra Edwards for being flexible and looking after our riders.


Trainers were:

- Julie Graham and Sandra Edwards – dressage/ flatwork
- Kirsten Owen – Gridwork, showjumping
- Fiona Lace – show jumping, cross country


Just before lunch some campers, a trainer and the Bailey’s rep, Caroline, all enjoyed a pilates session with Steven Wright. This was followed by some sessions on horseback – using the principles of pilates to enhance rider and horse communication.

Caroline from Bailey’s Horse Feeds was available throughout Saturday with some excellent advice, help (and some vouchers) for those who requested it.


Saturday evening involved much laughter and some alcohol to accompany the delicious 2 course meal prepared and served by onsite caterers, Hoofers.


Jo Prestwich arrived with the fantastic photographs she had taken throughout the day – then caused even more excitement by joining in the quiz- and helping the winning team – next year she is being shared out – one round per team!!!

Sunday proceeded with more lessons and riders enjoying a leisurely hack around the farm ride. Some just using a shortened circuit to cool off rather tired horses.


Many riders paid an extra £5 for their stable to be cleared on Sunday afternoon. All were packed up and leaving by 4pm having had a fantastic, exhilarating and tiring time. All very grateful for the bank holiday Monday recovery day!


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