Tuesday February 19, 2019
Summer Camp


Dates : – JULY 2-5th 2018

Summer camp is held at Craigendhill Farm, Hamilton, courtesy of Susan and Don Frame.

The club held a very successful camp in the first week of July 2018.  The weather was kind  and the sun shone on us all week. As well as riding twice a day the members enjoyed a visit/tour to Hamilton Park races on the Monday evening, a visit from the hounds from Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Hunt on the Tuesday afternoon and a demonstration from a farrier in the evening. On the Wednesday some of our older memebers traveled to Hopeton to represent the club at area eventing whilst the younger members stayed at camp to practice their musical ride and do some crafts.

The final day began with our mini members showcasing their musical rides followed by a Top Score competition and Quiz to complete the weekly team competition. After a presentation of prizes and achievement badges we all headed home for a much needed shower and sleep!! Thanks to the Frame family for hosting us once again and to all committee members and parents for their hard  work during the week. We are looking forward to next years already.

Members need to provide their own accommodation either horsebox/trailer or tent. Horse and ponies are corralled  in the field or alternatively there are a limited number of stables available at an extra cost by arrangement with Don and Susan. Due to camp being on a working farm no dogs are allowed.

You will need to bring:

Accommodation ( tent, caravan,lorry)
Cutlery, plates, mugs
Tea towels
Personal washing items.
Swimming costumes for any water activities
Tagged riding hats ( jockey skull for x country)
Riding boots
Tack cleaning equipment
Schooling stick, jumping stick
Back protector
Please remember no hoods for riding.

Corralling ( electric preferred)
Hay, feed buckets
Grooming kits
Plaiting bands
Sponge and sweat scraper
Boots if worn
Fly spray
Mucking out tools
Spare numnah, saddle cloths

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Pony Club Camp, aka the Family Pony’s Annual Conference (FPAC), is where you are your little colts and fillies get to play big time with other family ponies and their herds. In fact it is just one big mad herd of horses and humans staying up late, dancing and playing games – ‘Dump your Child’ is the favourite among the ponies! The FPAC and Pony Club rallies are the best training ground for humans and a great opportunity for family ponies to compare training notes and methods, pick up tips and share experiences.

 The FPAC also provides and opportunity for you and your youngster to try new disciplines: e.g. long-distance riding (where you trot and your youngster can’t stop you for several miles), Polo (you run up and down looking for a mint with a hole for your youngster to pick up with a stick) and Racing (just an excuse for a flat-out gallop!)  At the end of a long days training you have the satisfaction of happy little humans hanging round your neck with undying love and gratitude, burying their little heads in your fur coat and pleading, ‘Please can I sleep with Willy Wonty Buckmeoff, please, Mum, please?’ And you can smile to yourself, safe in the knowledge that you have done a good job and there are extra carrots in your feed bucket!     

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