Area 5 Somerford Camp … two happy campers

After years of attending our own branch camps, this year was to be different.

On the way home from three days at the Area Tetrathlon, we diverted off the M6 to Somerford Park for our first Area 5 Associates camp. We were both a little apprehensive as we didn’t know quite what to expect, but as soon as we arrived and unloaded the horses we soon realised we actually knew many of the others on the camp and it certainly didn’t take long to become friends with everyone else!

As all 34 of us were over 16 we were left to organise ourselves and get on with everything, which made the atmosphere very relaxed and easy.

The riding venue and instructors were world class, including 4* event rider Michael Owen teaching us over the amazing XC training field.

When we weren’t riding we were watching others or just chilling in the stables. We had a system where we helped each other with feeding, mucking out etc. so everyone got to their rides on time, even with the early starts!

The food was great and the evening entertainment was always hilarious – especially Meg’s Mucky games.

We would definitely recommend it and can’t wait to go again next year. Thank you Debbie Miller & Team for organising such a great experience for the older riders.

Russell Wingfield (Aberconwy) and Ben Read (Flint & Denbigh)

Eleven Area 5 members Step into Coaching

Eleven Area 5 candidates on the Step 1 Introduction to Coaching course held at Pennant Park Riding Centre August 16th.

Members must have achieved their C test at least and will now go on to coach (supervised) in their own Branches before attempting Step 2 next year.

The members were from Tanatside, Burton Cheshire Forest, Aberconwy, Pennant Park, Flint and Denbigh.

B Test ….

The B test is at Somerford, on the Camp arenas down by the pavilions , on Tuesday 30th August 2016.

Send nominations to Mrs D Miller, Clwydfro, Rhewl, Ruthin , Denbighshire LL15 1TP, by 23rd August. Cheques to Area 5 of the Pony Club. £40 per section, £80 full test.

There is a B test workshop at Malpas on Tuesday 23rd August from 10 am. £40 riding and theory or £20 for half!  Directions to follow.

Thank you …. Debbie Miller

B Nomination Form here

Lost Property … Recent Horse Trials

I have an item of lost property which was found on site on the day of the Horse Trials.

I have been expecting an inquiry as to whether the item has been found and handed in but to date I have not heard from anyone which is most surprising.

The item itself contains items of substantial monetary value and I would like to ensure that it is returned to the true owner.

If you think you may be the owner of the property, please let me know as soon as possible – giving as much detail as possible regarding:

  1.  A description of the item you have lost;
  2. The contents of the item;
  3. Any detail you may have as to where it might have been lost.

Regards … Geoff

Geoff Bell … District Commissioner

(Webmaster … Please use Area 5 Facebook to leave a message and I will pass it on to Geoff)