Thursday December 7, 2023
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Pony Camp

Well the weather held out for us for most of mini and junior camp.  We all got a little wet at the end of the first day, but what’s a bit of rain between pony club friends?  Our camp this year was held over 3 days, the first 2 being at Little Hazel Street Farm and the last day at Cobham Manor Equestrian Centre.  A big thank you to both venues!

Our wonderful instructor for camp, Neil Boorman, made sure that all children and ponies worked hard and had fun.  There were smiles and laughter all round as well as some very serious and focused children during mounted games.  The children enjoyed flat work lessons, jumping lessons, a picturesque hack through the beautiful Kent countryside and so much cake!  Neil also brought his working dogs to do a demonstration which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.  Max and Mac tried their paws at being working dogs but failed to get their badge! Luckily the children were able to get their working dog badge amongst many other badges and certificates achieved throughout the 3 days.

On the Friday we ended camp with the children getting involved in mounted games.  Mounted egg and spoon race, bean bag throwing, dress up and run to the finish line made for some nail biting finishes.  We may need to employ a video ref for next year!   Luke on Fairy and Rowan on Bluebell battled out for 1st and 2nd in many of the races, with determination and grit!  There was much cheering from the sidelines and both boys rode incredibly well.  Adam rode with great determination and gusto during the mounted games, showing everyone just how brave he is.

Alice, Ava and Maisie all jumped beautifully, with great accuracy and focus.  They showed that there is definitely a mini/junior girls showjumping team in the making.  So watch out for them!

Our minis, Jessica, Rosheen and Ethan all rode beautifully.  Rosheen showed us that she may have a future in stunt riding, as she rode the lovely Bluebell with her hands behind her head and always with a big smile. All of our minis even had a go off the lead rein and showed just how much they have come on. We also welcomed Jacob for his first taste of Pony Club and I think it is safe to say, mum may need another pony…

It was great to hear so much laughter, see firm friendships being formed and watching all of the children, and ponies, progress every day.  A massive thank you to both Jane and Trish who worked tirelessly to organise camp and make sure that it ran smoothly over the three days.  Thank you to all the parents who were able to come and support camp and supply us with cake!  So much cake!  And lastly but not least, to all of the minis and juniors for being the absolute best and rocking camp!!  Here’s to 2020!